declan moenResponding well to the challenge of having to motivate himself to work hard was the secret to 18-year-old Declan Moen’s A Level success at Northampton College.

Having come from Duston School to study Sociology, Geography and English, Declan was faced with a very different learning environment and the more laid back style has brought out the best in him.

He achieved excellent grades of ABB and has an offer to study Geography at the University of Manchester.

He said: “I really enjoyed College, it seemed to suit me really well and I responded to the challenge. I liked the people, both the students and the staff, and everyone got on well, helping each other.

“Smaller class sizes also helped, meaning we got more one-to-one attention. My results were a real surprise, I wasn’t expecting to get an A, that’s fantastic!”
tom harbottleStraight As in English language and literature have helped set Christopher Griffin on the path to study criminology and social policy at Nottingham University.

The impressive AS Level grades, boosted by a C in History, have given the 17-year-old the confidence to complete his studies at Northampton College next year before hopefully heading off to University.

He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed College life and I’ve found it a much more rewarding way of learning. I wanted to study in a more diverse community and I have thrived on the extra independence and academic freedom, where the onus is on you to put the work in yourself rather than being spoon-fed by staff.

“My grades, particularly in History, are better than I could have ever expected and I’m absolutely delighted.”
connor bingConnor Bing is hoping to represent the UK at the 2017 World Skills competition in Abu Dhabi, having been selected as part of the provisional squad.

Electrical engineering graduate Connor Bing, works as a mechatronics engineer for Brackmills-based automation company Festo, and will be using his expertise in circuit design, robotics and automated machinery to impress the judges at the UK Skills showcase at the NEC in Birmingham later this year.

He will be competing with companies such as Toyota for a place on the team of two due to jet out for the worldwide competition in two years' time.

He said: "The grounding I received at Northampton College was brilliant, the technology and facilities at their Booth Lane campus are outstanding, the staff are friendly and it's a superb learning environment which can set you up for future employment."
charlotte geeCharlotte, 17, is hoping to go into the world of social work and her AS Level results have given her the belief that she can get the grades she needs to study at University.

Having secured two As in psychology and sociology and a B in history, Charlotte is well-placed to move into her second year at Northampton College.

She said: “I have found a course at Lancaster University that I really want to do and hopefully that can help me get into a career in social work.

“It’s gone really well for me at Northampton College, the tutors have been superb and I love the fact everyone is allowed to be an individual, it’s a totally different atmosphere to school and I love it.

“The grades are a real surprise, I was hoping for ACC so to get two As and a B is amazing.”

nicolabridgesProfessional musician Nicola Bridges has starred on stage and performed her own cabaret show, but decided to head back to the classroom at Northampton College to add another string to her bow. The self-taught former holiday camp singer, aged 39, started an HND course in music production and is now looking forward to putting what she has learnt into practice.

She said: “I’ve always worked as a musician but I’d never studied it. Coming to college has helped fill in the gaps in my knowledge and it’s incredible to think how much I’ve learnt in such a short space of time. I look back at the way I used to record my own stuff, which I thought was good, and now I can see where I was going wrong. I’m much more aware now of the techniques I need to be employing to make my tracks sound the best they possibly can. Coming back into education after such a long time away from a classroom environment has been a challenge, it really takes you out of your comfort zone, but I’m delighted with the way things have gone and I’m really looking forward to using what I’ve learnt to help me teach kids in the future and also in my own recording career.”

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