Latest update: Monday 18th January 2021
Schools are closed in Wales until the next review date on Friday 29th January and we plan to re-open on Monday 1st February, at the earliest. Wales entered a level 4 national lockdown from Sunday 20th December. Non-essential shops and services have stopped and people are not allowed to meet up with other households. This will be kept under review by the Welsh Government.
People arriving to the UK by plane, train or boat (including UK nationals), will have to take a test up to 72 hours before leaving the country they are in and show proof of a negative test on arrival to the UK. Or there is a £500 fine. Read the UK Government information here.
Note: the “Test to Release” scheme does not apply in Wales and is only valid in England.
This is a new rule announced by the UK government.
The only exception is for British and Irish nationals, or third-country nationals with residence rights in the UK, who will be able to enter the UK but must self-isolate for 10 days on arrival, along with their household.
Choose to arrive and complete your self-isolation during the lockdown period (if you are travelling from a country requiring self-isolation on arrival to the UK).
Choose to start studying online from home and change your start date for your face-to-face classes
Choose to postpone your arrival date for face-to-face classes
See our full Study with Confidence terms here.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your course with us. You can write on the website chat, Whatsapp +44 7803 495 194 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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● People must stay at home, except for limited purposes
● People must not visit other households, or meet other people they do not live with (single adult households can make a support bubble with 1 other fixed household)
● Many types of businesses are required to close
● Face coverings continue to be mandatory in the indoor public spaces that remain open, like at all alert levels
● Travel is only for essential purposes, you can’t leave the local area and go on day trips or holidays
To get food, medicine or supplies for essential household maintenance
To exercise, alone or with members of your household or support bubble
To go work, if you cannot work from home
If you have caring responsibilities
See the green box below for what is staying open.
● Education is online until January 29th and we plan to reopen the Academy from February 1st at the earliest: all classes are online during the closure of schools in Wales
● When education is face-to-face: all students and staff must wear face coverings and maintain 2m social distancing
● Essential travel in and out of the Cardiff area is permitted only for arrival or departure: at the start and end of your course.
● Non-essential travel is not allowed: you cannot go to other places outside of Cardiff, for example on a day trip or for sightseeing. You must stay in Cardiff.
● You can only meet people outdoors: you cannot go into other people’s houses to socialise indoors. Friends and family cannot meet indoors. Unless you are a single adult household, you can make a fixed support bubble with 1 other household.
● Wear face coverings: in any indoor public space, including school, and on public transport (bus, train, taxi, plane)
Read here for frequently asked questions on the Welsh Government website.
Read here for more information about the level 4 restrictions.
Wales announced the self-isolation quarantine period is shortened to 10 days (from 14 days). You can read the full BBC Wales article here.
Even with a negative test, all international arrivals must complete 10 days quarantine on arrival to the UK.
Celtic will continue to offer free standard residence accommodation for 10 days quarantine on arrival (reduced from 14 days) for students travelling from countries outside of the travel corridor list. This is valid for arrivals until mid-March (completing the isolation period by March 31st).
Please contact us for more information if you want to make a new booking. Current student bookings will not be changed if the 2 weeks (14 days) free accommodation was applied.
From January 2021, people in Wales should self-isolate for 10 days if they:
Yes. Students due to arrive in Cardiff can still arrive and start their classes online, then join face-to-face classes.
Any student that wishes to postpone their arrival or needs to change their plans, for whatever reason, can still use the Study with Confidence terms for maximum flexibility.
Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to respect government rules to keep everybody well and safe.
Please remember that the UK has a national government but the devolved nations of Wales, Scotland and N.Ireland follow regional government rules for health and education. Therefore you might observe that different decisions are being made in different parts of the UK, for this reason. We will be happy to talk with you about the comparative situation across the UK if the national or international media is confusing for you.
Yes. Celtic English Academy offers 0% cancellation fees for any new individual booking that will start within 12 months from the school reopening date (August 2020). We want you to be able to plan your future and study with confidence.
Read the full flexible booking policy and conditions here.
When you visit, you will notice some changes at the Academy to keep everyone safe:
Automatic hand sanitisers are available in all classrooms and as you enter the buildings
Plastic screens at reception and at the desks of key support staff
Floor markings to guide you around the academy whilst maintaining distance from other students and staff.
Desks and chairs in classrooms have been spaced out for social distancing
Classes are on average 4-6 students in person, instead of the maximum of 10 usually
Students and staff wear face coverings at all times
Students and staff scan the NHS Track and Trace app QR code every time they enter the Academy
Celtic English Academy achieved the Wales and UK-wide industry-standard and consumer mark – ‘We’re Good To Go’ upon reopening.
It is a supporting mark from Visit Britain that means educational tourism businesses can show students, agents and visitors that the Academy is following the Welsh Government and public health guidance and have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment. You can read more about it here.
If you are a current student and want to talk to us about daily life in Cardiff please contact us on the website chat. We care about your wellbeing, so you can contact us at any time. The Celtic family is here for you and when you are in Cardiff, you are part of our community.
If you feel unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19 please contact us and Celtic staff will help to tell you what to do next: +44 (0)7803 495 154 is the 24/7 emergency number.
You can also check out our following guides for students.
A visual guide to keeping yourself and others safe when studying at the Academy.
We have put together a guide to help you stay safe and keep positive
We understand that this is a difficult time living through a pandemic. We have put together a guide to help you if you need to self-isolate.
Download Help Guide
We put in place more ways to connect with you in response to the lockdown and school closure measures that are taking place in the UK from January 2021.
Read more about it.
Click here if you want to read the historic COVID-19 updates published by Celtic English Academy.
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