You should self-isolate when:

For new students coming to RCS from outside the Common Travel Area (UK and Islands + the Republic of Ireland), the requirement to enter managed isolation (quarantine in a hotel) or self-isolate at home (or wherever you are planning to stay) in Scotland, depends on whether you are:

Please note the pre-flight testing requirements on the above links and the list of acute risk countries.  If you have travelled through an acute risk country within the 10 day period before travelling to the UK this may affect your ability enter.  UKCISA explain the details of this further.

The Scottish goverment has published a comprehensive guide to International Travel and Managed Isolation


How do I contact the admissions team?

If you have any questions (big or small!), please do get in touch with our admissions team at matriculation@rcs.ac.uk who will be more than happy to help you.

How are students currently being taught?

As artists, much of what we do requires collaboration and connection with one another. We have worked carefully with health and safety specialists to ensure that throughout the pandemic we have been able to offer a blend of in-person and online learning and teaching that enables our students to develop their artistry, continue to create new performance, meet their critical assessments on time, and above all, prioritise student safety and wellbeing.

Campus and facilities
A number of changes have taken place to the campus to ensure it is a safe learning environment and that social distancing can be maintained at all times. These changes range from reducing numbers on campus, creating one way systems around campus, installing handwashing stations, transforming spaces into new performance venues and student break out areas, and ensuring every room has strict capacities.

Every room and performance venue is cleaned after activity takes place, and the Estates and Domestic Services team work closely with colleagues across the conservatoire to ensure safety across our buildings.

All of these precautions make our campus a safe place to learn and work, and we take pride in being a Covid considerate community.

Blended learning
Throughout the pandemic we have continued to have in-person activity take place when safe to do so and where necessary for assessment and teaching purposes.

This has varied across programme, depending on the needs of each of our students. Socially-distanced ensemble learning has taken place to facilitate rehearsals of orchestral projects, dramatic performance, dance lessons, filming on location, set creation and much more.

All in-person learning and teaching is done under strict Covid guidelines.

Can I study my course remotely?

It is expected that if you are required to attend in-person to study your course that you will start in person in September 2021.

If you are shielding or have other health-related personal circumstances that mean that you cannot come to campus and study safely, even with all the health measures in place, then we will look at your case individually to see what is possible. Depending on what you are studying, we may be able to support you studying fully at a distance, however, we will not be able to replicate every aspect of the on-campus learning experience.

For some programmes, it may not be possible to complete your studies without being on campus because there may be requirements to demonstrate particular skills. If you have concerns about beginning your studies, please contact us at admssions@rcs.ac.uk.

Do you offer student accommodation?

Base Glasgow is the Conservatoire’s preferred student halls of residency and is situated in the centre of Glasgow, within a two minute walk of the Renfrew Street building. More information can be found on the Base Glasgow website. New students will receive a booking link at the end of April.

When will programmes start in 2021/22?

The majority of programmes will start on the 20 September 2021 with the exception of PGDE which will start on the 16 August 2021 and MMus Opera which will start on 6 September 2021

I am having trouble meeting the conditions of my offer?

We understand the anxiety that offer holders will have in trying to secure the requirements they need for entry onto their programme. If you have any problems in meeting any of your conditions, please contact us at matriculation@rcs.ac.uk to discuss this. Should there be a delay in meeting the conditions of your offer, we are more than happy to review and extend the deadline to meet the conditions of your offer.

I have now met the conditions of my offer, where should I send my results?

Please send evidence of your results such as certificates and/or transcripts to matriculation@rcs.ac.uk.

When will I receive matriculation and induction information?

This will be emailed to all new students (unconditional and accepted offers) at the end of August.

Can I defer my 2021/22 place?

The Conservatoire will not be offering deferred entry. If you wish to commence in 2022, you will be required to reapply next year.

What should I do if I am now unable to start this year?

The Conservatoire will not be offering deferred entry. If you wish to commence in 2022, you will be required to reapply next year.

Will Covid-19 have an impact on successful applicants who need a visa to start studying in September 2021?

The UK Home Office put in place a number of Covid-related concessions for students but these will soon come to an end.  Successful applicants on courses lasting 6 months or more should apply for a Student route visa.

What if I need to self-isolate and I need assistance with essential supplies?

We have a Welcome Home Support Team who are on hand to deliver essential groceries, medical supplies and other household items. More information on this support service will be available in your August mail out.

Once I arrive, what should I do if I develop symptoms of a cold or flu-like infection?

All staff and students are advised by RCS and the Scottish Government to stay at home and NOT attend campus if they have potential Coronavirus symptoms (new and persistent cough, fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater), loss or change to sense of taste or smell).

If you become unwell with coronavirus symptoms on campus you should:
• Avoid touching anything and maintain 2m distancing.
• Leave the room you are working in and, if possible, wear a face covering on route to Client Services reception so that you can access the first aid room.
• You will need to self-isolate straight away and Client Services will support you with arrangements to get home and take details so that AAS can be informed. Students must also follow the Student Absence Reporting process using the ASIMUT absence function on Moodle.
• If at any point you become very unwell, Client Services should be contacted to call an ambulance.
• Try to avoid public transport but if you need to use it try to keep away from other people
• If you are not a driver with a car nearby, or too unwell to drive yourself home, arrangements should be made for a household member or taxi to take you home.
• Ensure your Head of Programme, or supervisor is informed by someone else or by phone / email.
• You should arrange a test though www.nhsinform.scot or, if you can’t get online, use your mobile to call 0800 028 2816, to arrange to get tested.
• Cough or sneeze into a tissue and put it in a bin, or if you do not have tissues, cough and sneeze into the crook of you elbow.
• You must then follow the guidance on self-isolation and not return to work or study on site until your period of self-isolation has been completed.
• Domestic Services should be contacted by Client Services and advised of any areas where the person has spent time recently so that these areas can be subjected to enhanced cleaning.

Until you have been tested and told if it is safe to leave home, you must not come to the RCS campus.

Students who have symptoms, however mild, should remain in their accommodation (or home, if it is in Glasgow) and arrange to be tested at the first possible opportunity by visiting the NHS Inform website. You should not leave your accommodation for any reason other than to attend for a test and you should minimise contact with others in your ‘household’. You should notify all other members of your ‘household’ as they will also be required to quarantine for 14 days, unless you subsequently get a negative test result.

People who have tested positive for the virus will need to self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days and must not return to RCS until they have completed the isolation period and been fever-free for at least 48 hours. If they feel well enough, and they are able to study remotely, they may do so.

If you receive a positive test result for covid-19, NHS contact tracers will interview you and get in touch with people you have been in close contact with, and tell them they must self-isolate for 14 days. If you are informed by a contact tracer that you should isolate, you should do so straight away. You may feel well, as the virus could still be incubating when you are asked to isolate. Some people who are asked to isolate may not become unwell, but they must stay at home and self-isolate for the full 14 days.

If you become unwell and are too unwell to continue study, you should inform your Head of Programme that you are unwell and sickness absence will be recorded in the normal way. If you test positive for Covid-19 during this period you should notify your Head of Programme.  Heads of Programme should give as much support to their students as they can while they are away.

RCS will not ask anyone isolating to come into the buildings before their period of isolation is complete, in any circumstances.

Once a person who is a possible Covid case has left the premises, the immediate area occupied by the individual, e.g. first aid room and activity area, will be cleaned with detergent to remove organic matter such as dust or body fluids then a disinfectant to kill pathogens. This should include any potentially contaminated high contact areas such as door handles, telephones and grab-rails. Once this process has been completed, the area can be put back into use. Activity in the room will have to be temporarily suspended till this process has been completed.

Any public areas where a symptomatic or COVID-19 diagnosed individual has only passed through (spent minimal time in), e.g. corridors, and which are not visibly contaminated with any body fluids, do not need to be further decontaminated beyond routine cleaning processes.

Points to keep in mind
• Self-isolation may be required on more than one occasion.
• NHS contact tracers may require someone to self-isolate even if they have previously tested positive for coronavirus and have recovered.
• Covid-19 could affect any of us so please remember to be supportive to anyone who may be affected.
• If we follow the social distancing guidance, hand hygiene guidance and other measures such as wearing face coverings we are less likely to be affected and therefore less likely to need additional measures that could affect our studies or work.

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