When do I start college?
Returning students will be required to attend a 'welcome back day' before term starts in September. The day/time of your 'welcome back day' will depend on which course and level you are enrolled onto.
What are the College term dates?
Our term dates for 2023/24 are available on our website.
When will I get my timetable?
Your timetable will be given to you during your 'welcome back day' to ensure it is as accurate as possible. There may be some late changes to your timetable once it is issued, so please keep an eye on ProPortal.
How do I get a bus pass for college?
We offer Stagecoach bus passes to students who are under the age of 19 at the start of their course so you can save money on fares. The Stagecoach bus number 16 travels every ten minutes from the bus station in Northampton to Booth Lane (the bus stop is in St Gregory’s Road).
If you would like to buy a bus pass, please visit Student Services. You can pay with a debit or credit card - we no longer accept cash or cheque payments in college. Please note that bus passes can only be purchased termly and not yearly.
Once purchased, a digital code will be provided that allows you to order:
Visit our Travel and Transport page for more information about bus passes.
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.
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 and I'm looking to progress onto a higher level course next year. 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.
Exams and assessments
When will I receive my GCSE results?
All GCSE results for Summer 2023 exams have now been sent out via email.
If you did not collect your results slip from Reception on GCSE Results Day, this will now have been posted to you.
Certificates will be posted to students as soon as we receive them, which is most likely to be in November 2023.
When will I receive my vocational results?
All vocational results should now have been sent via email. Level 3 Extended Diploma (first year) students and T Level (first year) students will receive their grade at the end of the second year.
Our system sends out emails alphabetically by surname and it can take up to 2 hours to process them all. Please be patient if your surname begins with a letter towards the end of the alphabet.
Certificates will be posted to students as soon as they become available.
When are my GCSE exams?
GCSE exam dates for 2024 are listed under the Student Life section of our website.
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.