APPLICATIONS

I would like to order a copy of your prospectus

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed an online solution for this year’s course guide. The new course guide aims to bring the student experience to life through various interactive elements. You can choose to create a personalised version in a pdf format that you can save to your PC, tablet or mobile phone, and/or print off for your convenience. Click here to download a copy of our digital course guide for courses starting in September 2021
I am interested in a full-time course - what do I do now?

You can apply online. First, find the course you want to study on our website and click the apply button. If you know which course you want to study, you can go straight to the apply now page - https://www.northamptoncollege.ac.uk/how-to-apply.html.

If you would like to apply for a course but are still unsure of your options, you can book a one-to-one guidance appointment with a qualified careers adviser, which parents are also welcome to attend. Currently this would be a personal telephone call with you, at an agreed time. Contact the Enrolment Centre via the Live Chat feature on our website or call 0300 123 2344 to book an appointment.

Are you holding Open Events?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re holding Virtual Open Events on Zoom so you can experience what it’s like to study at Northampton College from the comfort of your own home. These run throughout the year and you can attend as many as you like to see our facilities through virtual subject specific tours, watch presentations and hear from a panel of speakers and learn more about your course by asking questions during the Q&A session.
When can I come for an interview to join the College?

After applying, you will receive a telephone call within 1 - 3 weeks from one of our teachers. This will be in the form of a short interview designed to give you more information, and to match the most appropriate course to your career choice/current level of attainment.

It’s nothing you need to worry about – it is an opportunity for you to find out more about the College and the course you have applied for. After the interview, we’ll make you a conditional offer by email or provide alternative advice. This offer is subject to you:

  • Meeting the specified entry requirements
  • Confirming your results on GCSE results day.

If you do not achieve the grades for your chosen course, we may be able to offer you a place on a different course.

I applied for a course and haven’t heard anything back. What should I do?

Once you have applied for a course at college, you will normally receive a confirmation email. Firstly, please check your junk/spam email folder as it may have dropped into one of those. If you have not received your confirmation, it may be that your application has failed to process, or that the email address used was incorrect. If that’s the case, please contact our Enrolment Centre team via the Live Chat feature on our website or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please include your full name, email address and Student ID number (if known) in any messages to us.

TOP TIP: Sometimes our emails to you will go into your Spam/Junk folders instead of your inbox. You can save the email address we use into your contact list/address book, to avoid that happening.

I’ve accepted a place on a college course but haven’t heard anything

All communication relating to your application will be sent to the email address you provide. If you’ve changed your email address recently and did not update your personal details with us, this could be the reason you haven’t heard from us.

Please Contact the Enrolment Centre via the Live Chat feature on our website or call 0300 123 2344 to check the status of your application.

TOP TIP: Sometimes our emails to you will go into your Spam/Junk folders instead of your inbox. You can save the email address we use into your contact list/address book, to avoid that happening.

What’s the closing date for applications?

We continue to accept applications and enrol students right up to the start of the new academic year. It’s best to apply early though to avoid disappointment. Some of our courses are very popular and we can’t guarantee a place will be available unless we know for sure to expect you.

GCSE RESULTS DAY - NEW STUDENTS

I haven’t got the grades needed to start my course. What should I do?

Don’t worry if your results aren’t what you were hoping for – coming to college is all about a fresh start. We have courses at every level so there will be a course that’s right for you. When you submit your grades, the tutors will review them and make you an offer at the best level for you.
How can I submit my grades to the College/my tutor?

Students must confirm their place online by stating that they’ve met the entry requirements. You will also be asked to submit your maths and English grades. We will be sending you an email on GCSE results day to help you do this. If you didn’t quite achieve the grades you needed let us know what you did achieve and we can still offer you a place on a different level or an alternative course.
I replied to say that I didn’t achieve the right grades to start my course but nobody has got back to me yet

Leading up to GCSE results day in August, we receive thousands of enquires so it may take longer than usual for us to respond. We will answer your email or call back request on a first come, first served basis and get back to you as soon as possible. Please bear with us and thank you for your patience.
I didn’t get the grades to study at my school Sixth Form – can the College help?

We have a wide range of courses on offer at many levels, so whatever your starting point we can advise you on the best route to take to help you progress. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don’t have a grade 4 at GCSE, we will work with you to help you achieve this. You can send in an application to us at anytime and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.

GCSE RESULTS DAY - CURRENT STUDENTS

When is GCSE results day?

GCSE results day for students will be Friday, 27 August 2021.
How can I collect my GCSE results from the College?

Your results will be emailed to you by 12 noon (12:00) on GCSE Results Day. Certificates are posted out to you as soon as we receive them (this is usually not before October). If you have changed your address, please let us know by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as we have to check your identity and have the change of address in writing from you.

STUDENT BURSARY SCHEME

How do I apply for the bursary?

We can help with advice on the cost of coming to college including travel costs, any equipment you may need to buy, uniform and childcare if you need it. To qualify for help with the cost of coming to college, you will need to provide evidence of your circumstances and your eligibility for help will depend on your age, your household income and your immigration status. Exceptional circumstances may also apply. View more information on the financial support section of our website (Support for Students) where you can read up to date information from July each year and download the bursary form.

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

How can I access support with my learning from the additional support team?

When you apply for a course at Northampton College, we will ask if you have any learning difficulties and/or disabilities. We will also ask if you have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and if you received support in school. This will ensure you receive the most appropriate support whilst in college, in the workplace or on trips. We have a team of staff to offer support, so if you are offered a place and you accept it, we will invite you to a specialist meeting with the support team and discuss your needs. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it may not be possible to see you face to face, so this might take place over the phone on Zoom/Microsoft Teams.

COST, FEES AND FINANCE

Do I need to pay tuition fees?

If you are aged 16-18 then the majority of our courses are free for you to study, although you may have to buy course equipment such as a uniform or books.
If you are 19+ then there may be a fee for your course. People in receipt of certain state benefits may be entitled to a reduction in fees. Check out the course fees section of our website.
How do I get a bus pass for college?

We offer Stagecoach bus passes so you can save money on fares. The Stagecoach bus number 16 travels every ten minutes from the bus station in Northampton to Booth Lane (the bus stop is in St Gregory’s Road).

If you would like to buy a bus pass, contact Student Services to complete an application form. Please note that bus passes can only be purchased termly and not yearly.

PART-TIME COURSES

What part-time courses do you offer?

We offer part-time courses to anyone over the age of 18, whether you are just starting out or looking to further your career. With enrolment dates in January, April and September, our courses will help you develop your expertise and gain a valuable qualification. We begin enrolling for part time courses at the beginning of July each year.

Throughout the year we offer start dates on a range of courses for anyone wishing to develop their English, maths and IT skills – simply contact the Enrolment Team on 0300 123 2344 or use the Live Chat feature on our website and we will arrange an initial assessment to help us determine your current skill level.

We also offer a range of professional courses including Accounting, Management and Human Resources. With starting points throughout the year, our flexible offer allows you to build a programme that is tailored to your needs. Accounting lessons are usually daytime or evening, and Management and Human Resources lessons are taught in the evenings, with occasional day or weekend workshops.

All part-time courses are listed in the courses section of our website. Use the filters on the right-hand side of the page then simply click on the course you are interested in to find out more information.

How can I register for ESOL classes (English for Speakers of Other Languages)?

Contact the Enrolment Team on 0300 123 2344 or use the Live Chat feature on our website to request an assessment appointment with an ESOL Tutor.
I haven’t received my certificates for my course. What should I do?

Exam certificates are posted to your home address – as soon as they are received in College from the awarding bodies. If you haven’t received them, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Certificates usually arrive at least 2 months after results. If you’ve moved house recently and did not update your personal details with us, this could be the reason your certificates haven’t arrived. Please be aware that you may need to pay for a replacement certificate.
Do you accept international students?

We welcome students of all nationalities who are permanently resident within the UK. At present, the College is not able to accept applications from international students who require UK Visas & Immigration Sponsorship. Please have a look at this link to find a College/University that can support or assist you https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration

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