COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The welfare of our students and staff is a key priority for South West College. We recognise that this may be an anxious time for our college community. On this page you will find advice and information for students and staff about COVID-19, in line with official Public Health Agency guidance. We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation and will provide the latest updates and guidance here.

Update - 6th January

Following recent announcements in relation to Covid-19 arrangements for Northern Ireland, I would like to update you on the following changes that will happen in South West College. 

All learning will revert to remote from Thurs 7 January to Friday 29 January. Course tutors will be in touch via email to advise of arrangements for accessing lessons and course materials.

On campus exams scheduled during this period have been postponed and will not go ahead. Awarding bodies have provided assurance that no student will be disadvantaged by this decision. The College is working on a detailed plan for alternative arrangements and course tutors will be in touch in due course to advise on these.

If you require support using College systems, the Digital Learning team can be contacted via email at and will be happy to help.

The Student Gateway offers a range of online learning support, services, information and contact details. Please follow the link for more details. 

Learning Resource Centres will be open on a limited basis to facilitate exceptional access for students who have no facilities to connect remotely at home. Students should book into these in advance using the BookAPC.

Please regularly check your College e-mail for further updates. 

Students please remember in this difficult time that "It's Okay To Not Feel Okay and It's Good To Talk". Support is available to you via the ‘Inspire Students 24/7 Helpline’ on 0800 389 5362 and ‘Lifeline 24/7 Helpline’ on 0808 808 8000. Or if you’d prefer, you can contact the Student Engagement Team on your campus for a chat.

If you need personal health advice specifically in relation to COVID-19 (coronavirus), you should call NHS 111 or download the COVIDcare app. This app is a coronavirus symptom checker and acts as an information hub specific to N. Ireland. 

Thank-you as always for your continued support during these very challenging times.

  • More detailed information and protocols for staff can be found
  • More detailed information and protocols for students can be found here