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At Northampton College, we are always looking at positive ways to promote environmental improvement.

Through our college-wide ‘Go-Green Initiative’, we encourage staff and students alike to consider the impact we have as a college, and how we can do our part to create a sustainable future. Students also have the opportunity to take on a more active environmental role at college, by raising any suggestions they may have with the Northampton College Students’ Union (NCSU).

Our Campuses

All three of our campuses were built to be sustainable and environmentally friendly. We set our architects the challenge of creating buildings that are sympathetic to the environment with as low a carbon footprint as possible.
We continue to be conscious of our energy consumption and carbon footprint, which we combat through the use of biomass boilers, a green sedum roof, photovoltaic solar panels and a helical wind turbine.


Our Booth Lane and Daventry campuses include several protected garden areas to encourage wildlife. The Lagoon at our Booth Lane campus is a protected conservation area – sealed off to encourage plant growth and wildlife.

We have also introduced four bee hives in our Daventry Campus as part of a wildlife conservation project. The Daventry Bee Project will teach young people about the important role of bees in the eco-system, including pollination, honey and beeswax production.

For more information about The Daventry Bee Project, please click here.

Waste and Recycling

Recent improvements made to waste management at the College include:

  • Eliminating the sale of single-use plastic water bottles in all three college canteens, replacing these with reusable water bottles.

  • Ensuring that paper recycling bins are available in hundreds of locations around the College, making it quick and easy for staff and students to recycle their unwanted paperwork.

  • Introducing an incentive of 20p off any hot drink when you use a reusable coffee cup at all three college canteens, in an effort to reduce single-use plastic waste. Branded reusable coffee cups are available to purchase on campus for this purpose.


All three of our campuses are easily accessible by public transport, and our Student Services team work hard to advise students on the options available.

If students would like to get the bus into college, there are a variety of bus passes that can be purchased, and we also offer help with the cost of a bus pass through the bursary.

We also have plenty of secure cycle points at all three campuses, and encourage all students to travel on foot or by bicycle where possible.

Click here for more information on getting to college.

Staff that drive to and from work, or use a car for college business, are given the opportunity to donate 1p for every mile travelled to the College Tree Fund. Donations are used to plant trees on the college campuses or at community orchards/nature reserves around Northamptonshire.

Environmental Policies

Sustainability & Environment Policy Statement 2018

2018-19 Environmental Implementation Plan

futures team

As part of our Futures service, our Schools Liaison Team work closely with schools, sixth forms, academies and IAG providers across Northamptonshire and surrounding counties delivering useful and relevant information to students.

Having once again secured Matrix accreditation in 2018, we have been recognised as being able to offer impartial information to support young people to make well informed, realistic decisions about their options, education and future career choices.

As qualified and experienced careers advisors, we are passionate about raising aspirations and motivating/empowering young people by providing them with advice and guidance when making their next step and considering their future.

'Ignite the Spark' Initiative

‘Ignite the Spark’ is an exciting, evolving initiative designed to support the teaching of STEM subjects within schools by delivering an annual programme of events to excite pupils and inspire them to consider science, construction or engineering careers

Our ‘Ignite the Spark’ initiative recognises the power of partnerships between education and industry, providing pupils with the opportunity to learn directly from those actively working in STEM-related careers. By working together, we can make sure that all our young people and their parents are fully-informed about exciting career pathways.

Previously, we have run popular Science Masterclasses in collaboration with the National Space Academy, inviting groups of year 10 and 11 pupils in to college to participate in a series of space-themed workshops. Local schools have also entered students to participate in The Big Rig at the College, a low carbon challenge on a large scaffold structure, with teams of eight competing to install a solar powered water system.

In June 2019, our Booth Lane campus hosted a week-long Construction Engineering Festival. This consisted of an innovation workshop led by award-winning organisation TeenTech, a presentation from former Robot Wars winner Gabriel Stroud and a variety of STEM based taster sessions, including the return of the popular Big Rig Low Carbon Challenge.

We will continue to build upon our work within the Ignite the Spark initiative during 2020, with a focus on Digital Skills. Our upcoming ‘Creating Digital Futures’ event will help young people get a feel for the digital world that awaits them and the skills they need to acquire in order to increase their chances in the future job market.

What can we offer you?

Our team visit your school, work closely with your staff and advise pupils to increase awareness of the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. With extensive knowledge of vocational courses and progression routes, we can support you to meet the relevant requirement of the Gatsby benchmarks to provide your students with an encounter with a further education provider.

We are happy to be involved in a variety of events including:

  • Assemblies
  • Parents’ evenings
  • Careers fairs
  • Workshops.

Tours of the College and taster sessions for groups of students can also be arranged.

To find out more information, make a booking or to be added to the mailing list for schools liaison updates, please contact Kirsty Dyson, IAG & Schools Liaison Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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In June, we held our first ever virtual open events to tell you all you need to know about college life.

Each event included:

  • A look at our facilities through virtual subject specific tours
  • Presentations and discussions from a panel of speakers
  • A Q&A session, where participants had the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about our courses
  • Careers advice
  • Further information on how we can support you as a student with finance and bursaries, travel, learning support, and English & maths.

If you couldn't make it to one our virtual open events, you can watch the recordings by clicking on the subject titles below:

Creative Industries
Art and Design, Fashion, Photography, Music and Performing Arts

Commercial Enterprise
Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing, Culinary Arts and Business Studies

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing)
Science, Engineering, Motor Vehicle Engineering, Fabrication and Welding, Manufacturing and Forensic Science and Criminology.

Construction and the Built Environment
Carpentry, Joinery and Theatre/Film Set Production, Painting, Decorating and Interior Design, Electrical Installations, Plumbing and Heating, Brickwork and Hard Landscaping, Multi-skills and Civil Engineering.

Digital Skills
Creative and Digital Media, Social Media and Marketing, Multimedia Journalism, Games Design, Animation, Software Development, Cyber Security and Networking and Emerging Technologies.

Other Courses
Childcare, Health and Social Care, Public Services, Sport and Travel.

Supported Learning

Foundation Programmes

Access to Higher Education
Science, Health Professionals and Humanities and Social Science.


What next?

Our Enrolment Centre are currently fast tracking all applications following this week’s Virtual Open Events, so apply today and secure your place for a September start!

Once you have applied, you will be made an offer and we will follow up with a welcome call to provide more information about the course. If you missed out on asking a question during our live Q&A, this will be your chance to ask any questions you may have about college, from course content to student support.

Alternatively, our online chat is now open, with agents ready to assist you. Simply visit our website by clicking on the button below, and click the 'Let's Chat' icon in the bottom right hand corner of our homepage.

Click here to apply online.


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Our report and financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2019 can be found here.


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As things currently stand, we’re expecting our new term to start in September. However, we are being guided by the Government’s advice, so this may change over the next few months.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are temporarily adjusting our term dates for 2020/21. Start dates in September will vary slightly as we stagger the number of students coming into college. This is to create flexibility in the timetable and to support our social distancing measures. Students will be given their individual timetable at induction.

We have made changes to the academic year 2020/21 to make some extra weeks available for teaching and assessment by providing a two week Christmas holiday period (insert dates) with lessons running through May half term.

Term will start w/c 7 September for all students taking GCSE maths and English resits.

College term dates (2020/2021)

Autumn Term - First Half term Monday, 7 September to Friday, 23 October 2020
Study Review Week Monday, 26 October to Friday, 30 October 2020
Autumn Term - Second Half Term Monday, 2 November to Friday, 18 December 2020
Spring Term - Third Half Term Monday, 4 January 2021 to Friday, 12 February 2021
Study Review Week Monday, 15 February 2021 to Friday, 19 February 2021
Spring Term - Easter Half Term Monday, 22 February 2021 to Friday, 26 March 2021
Easter break Monday, 29 March 2021 to Friday, 9 April 2021
Summer term starts Monday, 12 April 2021
May Day Bank Holiday Monday, 3 May 2021
Teaching stops for summer break Friday, 18 June 2021

Higher Education term dates (2020-21)

Welcome Week Monday, 21 September 2020 - Friday, 25 September 2020
Term One Monday, 28 September 2020 - Friday, 11 December 2020
Term Two Monday, 4 January 2021 - Friday, 26 March 2021
May Day Bank Holiday Monday, 2 May 2021
Term Three Monday, 12 April 2021 - Friday, 18 June 2021 

College opening times

Monday 8.45am - 5.15pm
Tuesday - Thursday 8.45am - 9pm
Friday 8.45am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 4.30pm*

* Lower Mounts only

During holidays

Monday - Thursday 8.45am - 5.15pm
Friday 8.45am - 5pm

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