COVID-19 testing

In line with the government’s mass testing programme, students and staff who do not have COVID-19 symptoms can take a COVID-19 rapid test (Lateral Flow Device, or LFD).

Government scientific advisers estimate that around one third of people who have COVID-19 do not display symptoms, but they can still pass on the virus to others.

By offering these LFD tests we can help identify people who have COVID-19 without realising it, and reduce the risk of transmission.

Testing schedule

These documents contain everything you need to know about LFD testing.

One in three people are carrying the COVID virus without showing any symptoms.

The LFD test enables us to identify these people and help them to isolate, protecting you, your families and your friends.

LFD Testing Centre locations
  • Southend: Scoff, 2nd floor
  • Stephenson Road: 28.G.03
  • Luckyn Lane: Green Energy Building Reception (to the right of main reception)
  • Thurrock: Waves, ground floor
  • Basildon Town Centre: Reception

Week commencing 12 April:

Home testing kits are available from campus testing centres between 9am to 1pm from Monday to Friday.

On site testing is available from the campus testing centres on a ‘walk in’ basis between 9am to 1pm from Monday to Friday.

  • Southend: Scoff, 2nd floor
  • Stephenson Road: 28.G.03
  • Luckyn Lane: Green Energy Building Reception (to the right of main reception)
  • Thurrock: Waves, ground floor
  • Basildon Town Centre: Reception

Week commencing 19 April:

Home testing kits will be available to collect from the college student dining areas (or reception at BTC) between 8.30am and 1.30pm, Monday to Friday.

On site testing will be available on a pre booked basis via the testingcentre@southessex.ac.uk email address. Please allow 24 hours’ notice when booking a test or 36 hours’ notice for groups of 5 or more.

Testing does not replace the need for social distancing so please remember to follow the government protocol regarding Hands, Space and Face at all times.

Testing kits are also available via community based test centres.


Week commencing 26 April:

From Monday 26 April, home testing kits will be available for staff and students to collect at all campus receptions and all catering sites (excluding Basildon town centre).


Links for local council testing centre bookings
Privacy notice

View the privacy notice which explains how your data will be used.

Privacy Notice – Testing on site

Privacy Notice – Testing at home

Contact us

If you have any queries, please contact testingcentre@southessex.ac.uk

What happens if the result is positive?

If the test is positive the person will be informed and instructed to follow government guidance on self-isolation.

What happens if the result is negative?

If the test is negative the person will be able to carry on as normal.