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Northampton College has added a number of new full-time courses to its range of Construction Engineering courses for September 2018. These are in addition to the courses listed in the Full-time prospectus which include Electrical Installations, Building Services Engineering, Civil Engineering and Plumbing.
As well as skilled trades learned through full-time Study Programmes or Apprenticeships, you will be able to access pathways that lead to careers in civil engineering and built environment project management.
Our Study Programmes are challenging, innovative and focus on developing the skills needed for the most up to date construction and engineering technologies. They’re about architecture as well as construction, and creating and building places to make them the best they can be. These are the skills of the future and ones that employers are desperate for.
For example, students who join our carpentry and joinery course will work closely with our art department to produce theatre and film sets used in local and national productions.
Our course provides real opportunity for careers in industry as architects, surveyors, engineers and interior designers, to name but a few.
Further detail about these courses can be found by clicking on the links below.
Level 1 Construction Maintenance
Level 1 Painting and Decorating/Interior Design
Level 2 Painting and Decorating/Interior Design
Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery/Theatre and Film Set Production
Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery/Theatre and Film Set Production
GCSEs in England are being reformed and will be graded with a new scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade. English literature, English language and maths will be the first subjects to be graded in this way from August 2017. The subjects with the highest numbers of candidates (e.g. arts, humanities, languages) will follow in 2018 and most others in 2019. This is happening as GCSEs are being reformed to make them more challenging, to keep pace with employers’ and universities demands.
In the first year each new GCSE subject is introduced, students who would have got a grade C or better will get a grade 4 or better. Students who would have got a grade A or better will get a 7 or better in the first year. Grade 9 will be more difficult to achieve than a grade A*. The extra top grade will also make it easier for employers and universities to distinguish between the most able students.
In 2017, students collecting their results will receive a mixture of the old style grades and the new numerical system. By 2019, all pupils will be graded with a 9-1.
Students currently taking GCSEs as part of a full-time study programme at Northampton College will be graded using the current A* to G system in summer 2017. Part-time or evening students will be amongst the first to receive the numbered grades.
To see how the numbered grades compare to the current A* to G system, click here or Google "Ofqual 9 to 1 postcard". More information about when subjects will switch to the new grades is available on the Ofqual website here.
Find out more about how grades will be awarded by watching this short animation.