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Northampton College is proud to announce that it is now one of the top 10 best-performing colleges in the country.

Data released as part of the latest 2018/19 National Achievement Rates Tables (NART) shows Northampton College is placed 7th out of almost 200 colleges for 16 to 18-year-old education and training, up from 11th in the previous year’s rankings.

The rating cements our position as the leading provider of Further Education in the region, South East and among the very best in the whole country, thanks to a continued and determined focus on ensuring each individual student reaches their full potential.

The data has revealed that 96 per cent of Northampton College students pass their course, coming out as the best college in the South East Midlands region for timely achievement at level 1, 2 and 3. Performance in maths and English is also comfortably above the national average, with the college ranked in 13th position for maths and 18th position for English.

Northampton College is officially rated by Ofsted as ‘Good with Outstanding features’ – with a £4.75million Advanced Construction Engineering centre now open at Booth Lane and plans in the pipeline for a state-of-the-art Digital Academy.

*16-18 timely student achievement rate.
Source: DfE National Achievement Rate Tables 2017/18

What have we done to achieve this?

  • Focus on each student as an individual

  • Outstanding support for students, backed up by Ofsted:

    • "Staff are committed to ensuring students reach their full potential."

    • As a result, students make good progress in developing their confidence, self-esteem and skills for work. “Teachers and support staff work very well together to support students in lessons. They provide highly effective support that is proportionate to students’ needs."

    • All college staff have embraced an ethos of support for students which means there are negligible gaps in performance between different groups of students. “Students value highly the support for learning they receive both in and out of lessons.” (Ofsted)

  • Very effective target setting and progress monitoring to ensure the best possible outcomes for all students, particularly those aged 16-18.

  • Rapid and specific intervention to bridge gaps

  • Whole college mentoring and support

  • High expectations of what are students can achieve

  • Inspirational teaching, learning and assessment practice

  • High overall pass rates for 96% of students

  • A credible record for GCSE English and maths with pass rates of 96.2% and 96.8% respectively - 4% above the national average.

Enter our prize draw by applying online for a full-time course before 30 April and you could win £100 worth of Amazon vouchers in our free prize draw.

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We are proud members of the Certification Scheme for Welder Training Organisations (CSWTO), from TWI Certification Ltd (TWI CL).  TWI Cl is part of The Welding Institute Group. The Welding Institute is the leading professional engineering institution for people involved in welding and joining.

The CSWTO certification assures that our fully-trained tutors, facilities, equipment and teaching materials meet the standards required by industry. CSWIP Welding Instructors are competent to work according to the main international welding standards.

We can provide training if you work in any of the following roles:

• Fitter Welder

• Pipe Fitter

• Maintenance Welding Operative

• Sheet Metal Worker

• Plater Fabricator

• Welder.

Our training is delivered in accordance with international welding standards to the following welding standards:

• BSEN 9606

• ASME 1X

• BSEN 4872.

Successful welder assessments can gain CSWIP Welder certification against the relevant standard/code (eg ISO 9606-1, ASME IX, AWS D 1.1)

Our welder training also satisfies the entry requirements for the CSWIP Visual Welding Inspector examination. So, our welding trainees can add a CSWIP 3.0 Visual Welding Inspector certificate to their course achievements. No specific experience is required but it is recommended that candidates possess a minimum of six months' welding-related engineering experience and two years' industrial experience.

This CSWIP Visual Welding Inspector certificiation qualification is suitable for:

• Welders

• Operators

• Line inspectors

• Quality control staff associated with welding

• Staff who need basic training in welding inspection coupled with certification in this field.

Contact us for more information on our welding programmes through our Active College Training and Information System
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This promotion is open to Adult Learner Loan students of Northampton College excluding employees of Northampton College and their families and its agents or anyone professionally connected with the promotion.

How to enter: No purchase necessary. Complete the Adult Learner Loan survey by Friday 15 December 2017 and you will be automatically entered into the promotion. One entry per person only.

The prize is a set of Apple AirPods in white. The winner will be drawn at random under independent supervision and will be contacted by email/telephone on Monday 18 December 2017.

In the event the claim for the prize is not received by Northampton College within 28 days of prize notification, Northampton College reserves the right to withdraw prize entitlement and award the prizes to a reserve selected at the same time as the original.

The prize will need to be collected in person from Northampton College, Booth Lane, Northampton NN3 3RF.

There are no cash or other prize alternatives available in whole or in part except in the event of circumstances outside its reasonable control, Northampton College reserves the right to substitute an alternative of equal or greater value. Unless otherwise agreed in writing by Northampton College, the winner is not allowed to transfer the right to take up the prize to anyone else.

Northampton College reserves the right to verify the winner and withdraw prize entitlement or refuse to award the prize where there is, or Northampton College has reason to believe there is, or has been, a breach of these terms and conditions including multiple entry or the spirit of the promotion has been compromised.

The winner agrees to reasonable post event publicity by the promoter with no further recompense.

Any question concerning the legal interpretation of these terms & conditions will be based on English law and the Courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction.

Promoter: Northampton College Booth Lane, Northampton NN3 3RF.

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