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Westminster cook-off beckons for former Northampton College catering apprentice

13 Dec 2017

Westminster cook-off beckons for former Northampton College catering apprentice

A former Northampton College catering student will have the chance to represent the town in the Houses of Parliament having been...

Students star in glittering awards ceremony at Wembley Stadium

4 Dec 2017

Students star in glittering awards ceremony at Wembley Stadium

Musical theatre students from Northampton College have ticked off the sort of gig most performers can only dream about... playing...

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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, Painting and Decorating and Plumbing.

Further detail about these courses can be found by clicking on the links below.

Level 1 Construction Maintenance

Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery

Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery

girl in library page pictureGCSEs 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.

adam fitch hnd student pic on location 2Adam Fitch studied digital film making (HND) at Northampton College and now owns and run his own film making company in Northamptonshire.

The 28-year-old, whose main focus in music videos, credits the College with his choice of career, which now takes him all across the world.

“When I signed up for digital film making I never thought I would actually choose it as a career,” said Adam, whose company is called Incline Creative Media. “My intention was to do the course, enjoy it and then do a top up year at university to become a primary school teacher.

“Within the first few months though I had a dramatic u turn. I loved everything about film making, rented College equipment at weekends, made contacts in the film world and bought all my own gear so I could take on an increasing amount of freelance work.”

So successful was Adam that even during his two year HND course, which he started aged 23, he was commissioned to work on projects in California and all across the UK.

“Before joining Northampton College I was doing all kinds of manual work but nothing that excited me,” said Adam. “I couldn’t get a job I really wanted and knew I needed qualifications to make a real change. After my HND I did a top up year at The University of Northampton to get a degree, something I wanted to have as a back-up.”

Adam set up Incline Creative Media a year ago. His most recent project has been shooting a short documentary in America about a transgender man preparing for surgery.

Adam said: “I hope this will be aired in the UK so watch this space. Film making is so rewarding. The money is great, the freedom is amazing and I get to travel all over the world. What more could I want?”

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