adult skills webHas the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way you think about work? Has it prompted you to think that maybe now is the time to make a change in your career?

Northampton College is giving workers across the county the chance to update their skills and equip them with the knowledge they need to pursue alternative pathways and explore new opportunities.

A range of free maths, English and IT courses, specifically designed for adults already in work, will allow people to upskill and make themselves better placed to apply for alternative roles.

Principal of Northampton College. Pat Brennan-Barrett, said: “The disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has, for many people, put life on hold. But that temporary pause, that shift away from previous day-to-day life, has also provided the perfect opportunity to take stock and to think about the kind of life you want to lead going forward.

“By taking some time to focus on what lessons you can learn from lockdown, you can begin to make positive changes to both your personal life and your career to help you thrive, not only now but in the future too, whatever that may look like.

“If lockdown has made you realise that you want to do something that feels more worthwhile or you’re uncertain how secure your job is, there’s never been a better time to upskill.

“Our maths and English courses are designed to help you boost your confidence and open up a whole new world of opportunity. Courses range from basic skills, such as simple sums and understanding grammar, to nationally recognised GCSE qualifications.

“We also offer a range of IT courses for adults anyone looking to upskill in those areas, meaning you can stay up to date with technology that’s changing the way the modern workplace functions.”

Adult courses at Northampton College are delivered by supportive, experienced tutors in a friendly, COVID-secure environment.

Students will benefit from increased confidence and will gain the enjoyment of learning and working alongside other people who understand how they feel.

They will see improvements in maths, English and IT for employability and everyday life and will get opportunities to progress through the different levels at their own pace.

All maths and English classes are free, along with some IT classes, and are available throughout the week at different times and locations.

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The number of Northampton College students achieving high grades at GCSE has risen – with teachers praising students for their “astounding resilience” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The number of students achieving a high grade (grade 4-9) in maths increased by six per cent year-on-year, while there was also a five per cent rise for English.

The results back up the college’s status as the leading provider of further education in the South East Midlands region and further build on the most recent Ofsted inspection, which rated the college as ‘good’ with ‘outstanding features’.

Despite the upheaval caused by lockdown – which saw students switch to a remote learning model - GCSE results at the College remained strong, with an overall pass rate of 100 per cent.

Principal of Northampton College, Pat Brennan-Barrett, said: “We are thrilled to see so many people now able to progress and move on in their lives having achieved the grades they need at GCSE during what has been an incredibly challenging year.

“The increase in the number of students achieving high grades is particularly pleasing and is just reward for their astounding resilience and willingness to work hard.

“This year group has been presented with challenges the likes of which we have never seen before yet they have taken them in their stride and shown flexibility and an appetite for learning that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.

“I am also incredibly proud of our staff who have worked so hard to support their students throughout the year. They have embraced the changes and were able to switch to a new way of working with minimal disruption to students’ learning. They have made a real difference.”

Northampton College will honour all offers already made to study at any of its three campuses – at Booth Lane, Lower Mounts or Daventry – based on Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs).

For any student whose grades do not meet the entry requirements of their chosen course, the college will accept the Centre Assessed Grades as an alternative, giving every student wishing to study at Further or Higher Education level the chance to join their preferred course with Northampton College from this September.

The college will be holding a series of virtual advice sessions on Zoom for any student unsure of their future plans. Further information is available by visiting www.northamptoncollege.ac.uk/virtual-advice-sessions or by calling 0300 123 2344.

Northampton College recognises the stress and uncertainty this year’s exam results process has caused students.

We pledge that no student will be put at a disadvantage by the events of recent weeks and we will honour all offers already made to study at any of our three campuses – at Booth Lane, Lower Mounts or Daventry – based on Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs).

For any student whose grades do not meet the entry requirements of their chosen course, we will accept your Centre Assessed Grades as an alternative, giving every student wishing to study at Further or Higher Education level the chance to join their preferred course with Northampton College from this September.

Students who do not achieve a grade 4 or above in English or maths may still be required to resit these GCSE qualifications next year, studying alongside your main study programme.

The recent Ofqual announcement moving to a CAG model will allow students to progress in learning and into work, while removing much of the anxiety and providing much-needed clarity and certainty.

We are looking forward to welcoming new and progressing students over the next few weeks and will continue to ensure all young people have a place on a course that suits them. We will do all we can to make the transition to their next step as smooth and stress-free as possible after an incredibly difficult six months for everyone.

For further advice on the range of courses available at Northampton College, please call 0300 123 2344.

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