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Northampton College is proud to welcome students of all ages and abilities, and with a wide range of courses on offer at many levels, there are plenty of ways to get started.

Outlined below are the course levels offered, along with their entry criteria:

Supported Learning

Courses specifically designed for students with special educational needs and disabilities. This department was recently graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.
A programme of study will be tailored to each student’s individual needs.

Entry and Foundation

This one-year programme is an ideal starting point for those who are unsure of what they want to do or need to improve their entry qualifications. Many students progress onto further levels of study at the College.

ENTRY CRITERIA – GCSEs at grade 2-1 (F/G). A satisfactory school reference is also required. All applicants onto Foundation courses will be invited for interview.

Level 1

These are introductory qualifications which provide the perfect stepping stone onto a higher level qualification, from Level 2 and above.

ENTRY CRITERIA – 4 GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above.

Level 2

Our Level 2 courses allow for progression onto a Level 3 full-time course or Apprenticeship.

For those that didn’t get the GCSE results they hoped for, we also offer a one-year specialist study programme, designed for students who need to focus solely on an intensive programme of maths and English.

ENTRY CRITERIA – 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above.

Level 3

We offer a series of highly regarded qualifications at Level 3, including, BTEC, City and Guilds, Cache or equivalent.

ENTRY CRITERIA – 4 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) or above.

Please note that some courses require higher grades than indicated on this page, or additional evidence of suitability (such as a portfolio or audition). This is specified in the entry requirements for each course.

For each of these entry requirements, equivalent qualifications will be considered, (e.g. BTEC or Cambridge Nationals.)

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis e.g. if your son/daughter has been out of education and does not have GCSEs or equivalent.

To find out more, please click here to browse through our courses.


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