Exams and assessments
When are my GCSE exams?
GCSE exam dates for 2023 are listed on our website.
When will I receive my GCSE results?
All students should have now received their 2021-22 GCSE results via email or post.
Your certificates will be posted to you as soon as we receive them but this may take some time as they aren’t usually available until November.
GCSE results for 2023 will be released on Thursday, 24 August 2023.
When will I receive my vocational results?
All students should have now received their 2021-22 vocational results via email.
I’m unhappy with my grade, what can I do?
If you have any queries or concerns, simply visit our website and click the 'Let's Chat' icon in the bottom right-hand corner of our homepage.
Where can I find out more about college exams and assessments?
Further information on exams and assessments at college, including how to access additional support with your exams, can be found on our website.
When do I start college?
The days and times of your induction will depend on which course and level you are enrolled onto. The induction information for the subject area you have applied for will be published on our Document Hub in July 2023.
PLEASE NOTE: The course you are enrolled on to will depend on your GCSE grades. For example, if you did not meet the entry criteria for the level of course you have applied for, you may be enrolled onto a lower level and the induction times may be slightly different. We will send you an email asking you to confirm your grades on GCSE results day, so that we can finalise your place for September.
What are the College term dates?
Our term dates for 2022/23 are available on our website.
When can I upload my photo for my college ID card?
If you are a full-time student, you will receive an text on the day before GCSE Results Day asking you to upload your results. The text will also ask you to send over a photo for your college ID card.
Here’s a few tips to help you get the perfect photo:
- Take a selfie if you can't find anyone to take the photo for you
- Only include your head and shoulders, making sure they fill the screen.
- Face forwards and look into the camera.
- Do not add any filters – any photos including filters will be rejected by our system, causing a delay in you receiving your new ID card.
- Do not include any other people or objects in the photo, as our system uses one-face recognition.
- Do not have anything covering your head or face (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)
If you are studying with us part-time, you will be sent an email requesting a selfie for your ID card between the date of your enrolment and the start of your course.
When will I get my timetable?
Before you start college, you will be invited to attend a course induction. A timetable for induction week by individual subject area will be available on our website in July 2023.
We plan and issue actual timetables very differently to schools because we keep recruiting students through late August and September. This means there are often late changes to timetable information. Your full study programme timetable will be given to you during induction week to ensure it is as accurate as possible.
What equipment will I need?
Extra information about any costs associated with your course such as uniform or equipment will be sent out to you in July/August. If possible, please make sure you have this kit ready for the start of term. We want to make sure finance isn’t a barrier to your college studies, so if you need support, you may be eligible through our Student Bursary scheme. We have access to government funding that could help you depending on your circumstances.
A pad and a pen are two important things you’ll need, and you should try to take plenty of notes during lessons. You’ll thank yourself later when it comes to revising for exams and writing essays!
If you are going to be studying maths – you’ll need a maths kit (ruler, protractor, set square, compass and scientific calculator) which you can buy quite cheaply.
Do I need my own laptop?
All students aged 16-18 on a full-time study programme will be loaned a laptop or Chromebook when they start their studies with us.
Each laptop/Chromebook will have Microsoft Office and antivirus software installed, and you will have access to support from our IT helpdesk. Our friendly staff are just a phone call away and can help with a range of technical problems including email, internet, speed, software, viruses, breakages, and much more.
You will be expected to bring your college laptop or Chromebook with you to every lesson. Digital Skills form part of our curriculum and you will be supported to realise the powerful effect that using technology can have within your learning. You’ll also be given the tools to understand how you can use your laptop to enhance your college experience and improve your ability to study.
We have strict IT protocols and security measures in place so unfortunately students will not be able to bring in their own laptops to use in college.
Does the College monitor progress and attendance?
We expect each student to aim for 100% attendance, so please ensure that you do not miss any of your timetabled lessons. Full attendance will ensure good progress which will be illustrated in the reviews you receive each half term. These are on a BRAG profile:
- Blue – working above targets
- Red – working well below targets
- Amber – working below targets
- Green- working at targets
Students that attend college consistently are far more likely to be making expected progress and succeed in their chosen course.
How do I report an absence?
If you are sick and you are unable to attend your lessons, you must inform the College before 9.00am on each day of your absence. You can do this by sending a text to 07860 022 842. Your text should say SICK followed by a space and your College ID number, for example: SICK ABC12345678
You will then receive an acknowledgement that the College has been informed of your absence shortly afterwards.
What is CenturyTech?
The College has invested in specialist software called Century Tech to assist with remote learning and independent study. The software helps teachers to monitor progress and identify knowledge gaps so that they can adapt lessons and feedback accordingly.
Do you offer any extra clubs/activities?
During your time at college, you will be able to participate in clubs and day trips, so that you can learn new skills and enhance your CV. There are plenty of Enrichment activities that will help you develop different interests and meet other students from other courses.
Can the College help me with UCAS?
Our Futures team are fully experienced with each step of the UCAS process, from submitting an application to accepting your place on results day.
I’ve misplaced my exam certificate – can I order a replacement?
I’m a current student at Northampton College, but would like to progress onto another course. What should I do?
We’re delighted that you have enjoyed your time at college and want to join us again at a higher level. It is important for you to continue working hard on your current course, because you can only progress to a higher level if you have achieved the appropriate grades and remained in compliance with our student expectations.
Your personal tutor or academic coach will talk to you in March/April about your options if you'd like to continue at college, including our University Level options if you are currently studying on a Level 3 course. This will take place during tutorial sessions, so that we can offer you a place on a course without you having to complete an application form. Once we receive the information from your tutor, we will email you to confirm any offer made.