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UKSA Guidelines for MCA Students COVID-19

Statement from UKSA’s Chief Executive Officer

As we continue to navigate through these unprecedented and changing times, UKSA has reconfigured its operations to ensure we can sustainably and responsibly deliver quality and safe training for our beneficiaries and students in a COVID-19 compliant way.

We know that the COVID-19 crisis is far from over and that we are not entering into a ‘business as normal’ phase.  This means that the social distancing measures which will remain with us for the foreseeable future have resulted in us being able to accommodate significantly fewer numbers of customers and beneficiaries on site at any one time.

In order to keep everyone safe as possible, we have introduced a number of additional hygiene and safety measures to help reduce the risk of infections.  We will be asking all those who visit us to respect each other, our employees and our guidelines on maintaining good hygiene and a safe social distancing.

On the following pages we have provided details of the hygiene and safety measures we have introduced on the UKSA site to provide peace of mind to our staff and visitors.

Thank you for your support.

UKSA Covid-19 Protective Measures Statement

UKSA will not tolerate students or staff who fail to adhere to the Academy’s Social Distancing rules and do not keep within their assigned Bubble. It is everyone’s responsibility to stay alert to this life-threatening infection. Everyone is responsible for taking safety measures including following government guidelines immediately if you develop COVID-19 symptoms. Failure to behave appropriately or to not report COVID-19 to UKSA may result in being expelled from the Academy. You are putting at risk yourself, UKSA staff and students by not adhering to these rules.

COVID-19 Icons for UKSA


As part of our commitment to keeping students and staff as safe as possible we have implemented a process of COVID testing.

We will be asking all students to obtain an NHS Lateral Flow test before their arrival at UKSA and provide evidence of their negative COVID test result. These can be obtained online from at the following link

The date on the test should not be more than 72 hours before your arrival at UKSA.  This will be the date you receive the result via text and email. It is important that you allow time to order and take the test. If the result is positive you would want to know this before you start your journey.  Therefore, we recommend that you order your test kit now. Once you complete the test and register it on the NHS app you will receive the result confirmation text within 30 minutes. Once you have this result please email it to [email protected]

24hrs prior to arrival you will receive a telephone call to confirm receipt of your COVID Lateral Flow Test and ascertain if you have symptoms of coronavirus or have been contacted by NHS Track and Trace. At the discretion of UKSA, persons may be refused entry onto the course.

We will also ask for proof of your double vaccination certificate. This would mean that people who are contacts of someone who tests positive, and who are “double vaccinated” would not have to automatically self-isolate but could continue as normal, subject to daily testing and a negative PCR test.

In addition to this and as part of our standard joining instructions, we ask that you complete the online Student Medical Declaration & Consent Forms within your course joining instructions email.

On Arrival

UKSA has commenced the construction of a brand new 136-bed accommodation centre in March 2021. To ensure safety of all, the entrance to UKSA main site has been moved 500 yards along Arctic Road to the UKSA training centre. Please follow the signage provided. Under no circumstances can entrance or exit be made through the old entrance. To assist a site map is available on our website.

Please maintain social distancing upon booking in at reception. Please only approach reception when called by the receptionist.

For students who are training at UKSA for more than seven days or students who are booked on to multiple consecutive courses you will be required to take a COVID lateral flow 15-minute test every 3 days. Testing can play an important role in identifying asymptomatic transmission of COVID. All students will be informed of where and when their test will take place.

We will also immediately test anyone who displays symptoms of COVID. Isolation rooms will be available at UKSA for anyone who has tested positive. It is important that you understand if you have been told to self-isolate on our site for the 10-day period and this isolation takes you past the end of you scheduled training course you will be charged for any additional days you are staying within our accommodation.


Students will be allocated twin rooms with their own bathroom. You must not enter other students’ accommodation or bring visitors onto the UKSA site.

Student Bubbles

Each student bubble will consist of no more than 12 people and be identified by a single-coloured lanyard.

Each bubble will remain together at all times other than by permission of their UKSA Staff member for the purposes of toilet break or use of shower facility. Each bubble must remain at least 1 metre apart at all times and will not mix with people outside of their bubble.

Each bubble will go direct to their designated classroom/yacht at the beginning of the day. Equipment and tools should not be borrowed or lent to anybody outside of your bubble.

Use of the UKSA Dining Hall

To ensure social distancing is maintained each student bubble will be allocated a dedicated time to enter the UKSA dining hall for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Each student bubble will be allocated 15 minutes to use the dining hall, this is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to use the dining hall while maintaining social distancing. Please ensure you abide by these guidelines for the safety of all students and kitchen staff.

The dining hall will be out of use for UKSA staff other than instructors.

Face Coverings

Face coverings must be worn in the classroom by instructors and students when closer than 1m during delivery.

Leisure Time

The laundry will remain open for use. Tokens can be purchased from reception.

UKSA is not able to restrict students from leaving the site during their leisure time, but we must insist that you maintain social distancing at all times when off site.

Cash Free Site

To avoid the handling of cash and coins, UKSA will be a cash free site. All transactions must be made by card.

Cleaning at UKSA

UKSA has implemented Virus Shield ‘Control’ regularly across the whole site, this is an electrostatic spraying technology which creates a fine mist, covering surfaces with a ‘Teflon’ type coating. It kills a wide range of viruses and bacteria including Coronavirus. This system is used throughout the NHS including hospital wards, airports, offices and schools.

UKSA’s housekeeping team will undertake a revised cleaning regime of all public areas and accommodation. All laundry is cleaned off site by a professional external provider.

Hand sanitisers are provided across the UKSA site. Their locations are detailed on the enclosed site map.

Social Distancing

We ask that all staff and students maintain a 2m distance rule wherever possible. A site map has been included for your information.

Failure to behave appropriately may result in being expelled from the Academy. You are putting at risk yourself, UKSA staff and fellow students by not adhering to these rules.

COVID-19 Symptoms

We have provided our emergency action plan flow chart should you think you have Covid-19 symptoms while at UKSA. Please follow this process and contact a UKSA member of staff immediately should you show any symptoms.

Additional Information

To view all of our COVID-19 policies, please click here.

This information page was updated on 17/08/2021