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Northampton College is proud to announce that it has soared 178 places in the 2016/17 National Achievement Rates Tables (NART) rankings in just three years to become the leading provider of Further Education in the region. Data released shows that Northampton College is now ranked 31st out of more than 200 colleges for 16 to 18-year-old education and training.

The table, which was put together by the Department for Education, demonstrates the success of the College’s long-term strategy to increase student achievement rates through strong and supportive leadership and high quality teaching.

The transformation has also seen a major improvement in GCSE resit maths and English pass rates for 16 to 18-year-old students, with the College now ranked 15th nationally for maths and 18th overall for English.

The College performed well across all levels of course provision coming out as the best college in the East Midlands region for Level 1, 2 and 3 courses.

*Overall student achievement rate
Source: DfE National Achievement Rate Tables 2016/17

What have we done to achieve this?

  • Teaching, learning and assessment are good with some outstanding practice. This has resulted in improving student progress and high pass rates.

  • High overall pass rates for 95% of students with a four-year improvement trend.

  • A creditable record for GCSE English and maths high grade outcomes over three years placing the College 18th and 15th respectively in the national league tables.

  • The outstanding learning environment, together with a developing culture of high expectation and support gives many students a new perspective on learning, leading to 97% progressing to further study within the College at the same or a higher level. Of those who completed a Level 3 qualification in 2016/17 27% went into employment/training, 25% went to higher education and 48% went to other education.

  • The college experience gained a ringing endorsement in the Department for Education’s national survey with overall satisfaction improving by 12% to just under 90%.

  • The College has once again secured a financially outstanding grade from the Education and Skills Funding Agency. Sustained astute financial management has enabled investment in curriculum and quality improvement, state of the art facilities, materials and equipment which are highly valued and support a very effective student experience.

  • The College maintains strong relationships with its external stakeholders. Successful and productive partnerships with employers, the community, partner Higher Education institutions and other agencies exist. These strong partnerships support the College in its commitment to facilitate work experience and appropriate progression opportunities for its students.

  • Excellent links are in place with the South East Midlands Local Enterprise partnership (SEMLEP) and the College continues to engage with the skills strategies of SEMLEP ensuring that these are developed as part of its curriculum map.

  • Improved and robust business and curriculum planning has helped to secure a viable offer for the county and supports the needs of students, employers, the local community, feeder schools and partners for progression beyond further education. In 2016/17, new courses were introduced such as Level 2 and Level 3 Games Design, PR and Journalism, and Digital Design which are now oversubscribed and lead to local, regional and national opportunities for students to work or access higher education in these sectors.

  • Course planning during 2016/17 has led to the introduction of further new provision in 2017/18, such as a Foundation Arts programme at Levels 3 and 4, Tattoo Illustration at Levels 2 and 3 and a new apprenticeship standard for the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR).

  • The student voice is carefully considered and the most recent FE Choices survey revealed a positive 89.9% score overall for student satisfaction. Student focus group feedback and student council representatives inform staff of areas that need improvement as well as areas of strength. 86% of students would recommend the College as a place of learning (based on 1,520 responses to the Ofsted Learner View survey).

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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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