COVID-19 Self Testing Programme for learners

All learners who are attending campus regularly to learn can access COVID-19 self-test kits. All staff attending campus regularly are also able to do this. You do not have to do this to be able to attend campus. It is a free of charge and voluntary option that is recommended by Welsh Government for all staff and learners.

About COVID-19 Self Testing 

The Welsh Government has provided all schools and colleges in Wales with Lateral Flow Device (LFD) self-test kits. These are designed to identify people who have COVID-19, but do not have symptoms, to stop transmitting it unknowingly. Alongside the main control measures in place on campus including 2m social distancing, face coverings at all times and hand hygiene, self-testing offers further reassurance for all.

If you are attending campus regularly to learn, you can pick up testing kits from College. You then must test yourself for COVID-19 twice weekly at home and report the result each time to the College and the NHS. These tests are designed for you to do at home. They do not require laboratory processing and can provide a quick result in around 30 minutes.

If you are coming to campus regularly to learn and do not wish to take part in self-testing, you can still learn on campus providing:

  • You nor a member of your household have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and are awaiting a test result.
  • You are not required to self-isolate for any other reason.

This self-testing is for learners who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone with symptoms should immediately self-isolate and book a test as usual via the NHS here

It is also important to remember that self-testing does not replace, or make less important, any of the usual control measures including 2m social distancing, wearing face coverings at all times and good hand hygiene.

To find out more about LFD Testing and to support you if you choose to participate, below are two official guides and a short film from the NHS:

LFD Tests – Full Guide and Instructions

LFD tests – Visual How to guide

How to do you LFD Test – a 5-minute how to film with Dr Amir Kahn

How to take part

If you are a CAVC learner coming to campus regularly to learn or be supported you can take part. Follow the steps below:

Choose to take part:
Read all the information on this webpage and also two important documents that you can link to here:

  • Privacy notice to understand what happens with your information
  • Consent form to officially agree to consent to take part.
    If you are 16 years old or over you will sign to say you consent to all within this form when you pickup your kits at college. If you are under 18 we would ask that you discuss the testing with a parent/ legal guardian prior to signing.

    If you are under 16 years old you will need to have had this form printed off and signed by your parent/ legal guardian and bring it to college to hand over to reception before you are able to be issued any kits.

Any learner that does not have the capacity to provide individual consent must also have the consent form signed by a parent/ legal guardian prior to kits being issued.

You should not participate in this programme if you have had a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 90 days. Once 90 days has passed since the onset of symptoms, or your confirmed test results if you were asymptomatic, you can then start the programme.

Collect kits:
Collect test kits from one of the College collection points below:

- City Centre Campus – Main Reception (Monday – Friday, 9am-1pm)

- Barry Campus – Main Reception (Monday – Friday 9am – 1pm)

- ICAT – Main Reception (Monday – Friday 9am – 1pm)

You will need to sign on pick up – to consent to taking part and for the kits you are given - and you will then be given a box of test kits and an instructions sheet to take home.

You can only receive one box of test kits each time (one box includes three test kits). Multiple boxes cannot be provided.

Please remember these test kits can only be used by you as the person they have been assigned to. Nobody else should be tested using these kits.

Test at home:
Follow instructions issued with test kit. It is recommended that you take the test on the same days each week, and 3-4 days apart from each other, to ensure regularity of testing.

Check your results:
At 30 minutes, check the result. You must do this promptly to ensure a valid test result.

  • Positive result: Self-isolate immediately and book a COVID-19 test with the NHS (a PCR test) to confirm your result. Find out how to do this here.
    At this point you and other members of your household/ home contact bubble should also isolate in line with government guidelines. A positive LFD test will trigger contact tracing via Test and Trace.

  • Negative result: No need to self- isolate, you can continue as usual and attend college for your timetabled sessions on campus.

  • Void result: Take another LFD test. If you receive 2 void results in a row you should book a COVID-19 test with the NHS (a PCR test), precautionarily self-isolate and not attend college until you have had the result of this.

Report your result (whether positive/ negative/ void) to the NHS and the College:
Whatever your result you must report it each time to the NHS and the College.

Go to
You may want to bookmark this webpage if you are taking part.

If your test is positive or you have received two voids you must self-isolate and book a test with the NHS. If this is the case please also follow the usual process for positive COVID-19 cases and email your Course Tutor to let them know, copying in

Take next test:
Take next test according to guidance - twice weekly, 3 to 4 days apart.

If you are participating in the programme and you experience any issues with the testing:

  • If the issue is non-clinical (eg. damaged or faulty test kits/ repeated void tests): Call 119 to report
  • If the issue is clinical (eg. bleeding/ incident that has led to any harm):
    Report it

This is not for seeking immediate medical care. Medical care should be sought through the usual route of contacting 111 or 999.

Please also inform the college so we are able to support and inform Welsh Government if needed.

Reporting Your Results

Taking part in the COVID-19 testing programme? Click here to report your results to the NHS and the College.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Self-Testing for Learners.

If you cannot find the answer to your question below, or have specific concerns, please contact the College on

I am a CAVC learner. Can I come to campus and get self-test kits?

If you are attending a CAVC campus for learning, to be assessed or receive support regularly you can pick up self-test kits.

If you are not attending campus for learning/ support/ assessment at present you cannot access test kits. If you do start to attend campus, you can then do so.

What is a LFD test?

Lateral Flow (Antigen) testing involves processing nasal and throat swab samples with a Lateral Flow Device (LFD). The device, which looks a bit like a home pregnancy test, detects a protein (antigen) produced by the virus. If present in the person’s sample, a coloured line appears on the device that can be read between 20-30 minutes after processing.

What is the difference between the LFD test and the test the NHS do?

If you have symptoms and book a test with the NHS you have a polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test.

Both the PCR test and lateral flow test require a swab to be taken from the nose and throat. The PCR test is used for those who are experiencing symptoms and the swab is analysed in a lab.

The LFD test is used for those not experiencing symptoms and does not need to go to a lab to be processed. You can get a result at home within 30 minutes.

How effective are LFD tests?

Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests have been widely and successfully used to detect asymptomatic COVID-19 cases. The speed and convenience of the tests supports the detection of the virus in asymptomatic individuals, who would not otherwise have got tested.

LFD tests are approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Extensive clinical evaluation has been carried out on the lateral flow tests. Evaluations from Public Health England and the University of Oxford show these tests are accurate and sensitive enough to be used in the community for screening and surveillance purposes. The tests are highly specific, with low chances of false positives.  They are also very sensitive and able to identify the majority of the most infectious yet asymptomatic individuals.

It is important to remember that these tests are an additional layer of health protection measure in addition to face covering, social distancing etc. People who have had a negative LFD test must still comply with the relevant protective measures for their school or college.

Why do I have to report the result to the NHS and college?

Schools and colleges are not able to view the results that their staff upload to the NHS.

NHS Test and Trace therefore also ask anyone participating in the self-testing programme to report their results separately to their school or college.

To make it as easy as possible for all learners taking part, at CAVC all learners should go to to report their result. Here there are two links to clock on to report your result – one to the NHS and one to CAVC.

I’ve previously had coronavirus, should I still undertake twice weekly testing?

Yes, given the current prevalence of the virus and the pressing need to reduce transmission, all those offered twice weekly testing are encouraged to take it up whether they have previously had coronavirus or have received the vaccine.

You should not participate in this programme if you have had a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 90 days. Once 90 days has passed since the onset of symptoms, or your confirmed test results if you were asymptomatic, you can then start the programme.

Please ensure the LFD test is not taken whilst you are within period of self-isolation following a positive coronavirus test result.

I have been vaccinated should I still take the tests?

Yes, the LFD test confirms if you are infectious to other people. Current scientific advice is that vaccinated individuals should still take part. This will be kept under review and the college will be told if this guidance changes.