We know that one of the most important choices your son/daughter will make is how best to continue their education, and we’re delighted that they are considering Northampton College for their next destination.
This page outlines the key information you may need to help your son/daughter make their decision.
By choosing to study with us, your son/daughter will benefit from high quality teaching, excellent achievement rates and top-class facilities. We also look to ensure our students are happy and fulfilled while studying with us, and offer a wide range of trips, enrichment activities and a students’ union. We’re also one of the leading colleges in the country – you can click here to find out why.
Visiting the College
In order to safeguard the health of our college community, we are restricting access for visitors to all three campuses – therefore, there will be no opportunities for applicants to visit the College in person for the foreseeable future.
However, we are 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.
Applying for a full-time course
Full-time applications are now online only – please click here for further information and to access the application form for 2021-22. Please ensure your son/daughter submits a contact email address with their application, as this is how we acknowledge the application and eventually, send any offers.
After applying, your son/daughter 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 them more information, and to match the most appropriate course to their career choice/current level of attainment.
It’s nothing they need to worry about – it is an opportunity for them to find out more about the College and the course they have applied for.
After the interview, we’ll make them a conditional offer by email or provide alternative advice. This offer is subject to them:
- Meeting the specified entry requirements
- Confirming their results on GCSE results day.
If your son/daughter doesn’t achieve the grades for their chosen course, we may be able to offer them a place on a different course.
To find out more about Apprenticeships at Northampton College, please click here to visit the National Apprenticeship website, or here to see which Apprenticeships the College can offer.
On GCSE results day, your son/daughter will receive an email from the College, asking them to confirm they’ve met the entry requirements for the course and they would like to join us in September. If they haven’t met the entry requirements, they can choose a different course or request further guidance. Please note that courses become full very quickly – so don’t miss out!
Once your son/daughter has confirmed their place, they will be sent induction information and given a start date. They will also need to complete an online enrolment, where they will be informed on our expectations for students, and in turn, what students should expect from us. They will need to upload a photograph for their student ID card.
After the enrolment process is complete, students will begin their studies – click here to find out more about our study programme. We’ve also answered some FAQs about the impact of COVID-19 on college life, which you can read here.
Supporting our students
We offer a variety of support for students at Northampton College, from careers advice and personal tutors, to finance and personal support.
- Additional Learning Support - this department has been graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and provides support for students with additional needs, or those in need of personal support.
- Financial support - You may be eligible for help with any additional costs of coming to college if you meet the criteria listed here.
- Getting to college - No matter where you live, we will help your son/daughter get to college. All three of our campuses are easily accessible by foot, car, bicycle or public transport.
- Tutors and coaches - Every student at Northampton College is assigned a personal tutor/academic coach who is directly responsible for progress and development.
- Careers Programme - At each stage in their learner journey your son/daughter will be supported and encouraged to reach their potential and consider a range of career options beyond college. Our Careers Calendar lists the main elements of careers information, advice and guidance that students may encounter in their time at Northampton College. Click here to view the full Careers Calendar, or here to view the Careers Programme Statement.
All students also benefit from the use of our impartial careers advice and guidance service while studying with us. Our dedicated Futures team is on hand to provide information to students about all options available and are now offering telephone advice appointments - please call 0300 123 2344 to book a slot.
For more information on the support offered to students, please click here to browse our ‘Support for Students menu.
Please be aware that we have temporarily adjusted our term dates for 2020/21. This is to create flexibility in the timetable and to support our social distancing measures. Students will be given their individual timetable at induction.
These changes have also allowed us to make extra weeks available for teaching and assessment by providing a two week Christmas holiday period, with lessons running through May half term.
Life after college
94% of our students go on to further study or employment once they have achieved their qualification. The Futures team provide 1:1 support with both UCAS and student finance applications. All level 3 students will have tutorials on these topics and there are parent information events where you can find out more.
There are also plenty of progression opportunities for your son/daughter, whether it be to the next level of their course, or onto a Higher Education course that is equivalent to the first year of an honours degree. Click here to find out more.
Keeping in touch with you
If your son or daughter is aged under 19, we will keep you fully informed about their progress and attendance. You will be sent a written report at least twice a year.
You are welcome to contact the College at any time with any questions or concerns. With careers advisors and exceptional teaching and support staff, we are here to guide students every step of the way.
If you have any unanswered questions, you can fill out our online enquiry form or chat to an online agent to ask any questions you may have about college life, by clicking the 'Let's Chat' icon in the bottom right hand corner.
With regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, please be aware that arrangements may change as we act upon the latest guidance of the Government and Public Health England. This is a highly dynamic situation, and we will alert all staff, students and parents of any changes at the earliest opportunity.