Thinking about leaving your schooldays behind? We have developed a host of exciting full-time study programmes that will engage you, inspire you and challenge you.
Our courses are not just for school leavers - if you’re looking to learn new skills, progress at work, or even turn your favourite hobby into a new career, we have a wide range of courses for adults that can be studied online and on campus.
Apprenticeships are the perfect opportunity to learn practical skills, gain industry experience and work towards a nationally recognised qualification – all while earning a wage.
These qualifications are equivalent to the first year, or two years of a degree, so that you can realise your ambitions without the need to leave the area and run up some of the debt incurred with studying away at university.
Making the decision to come to college is the first step on an exciting journey.Register here
Making the decision to come to college is the first step on an exciting journey.Register here
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We do everything with you in mind, so we can support you in achieving the best grades and reaching your potential.
Our innovative programmes, including full or part-time study and apprenticeships, will engage, inspire and challenge you.
I applied to study Civil Engineering but didn’t meet the entry requirements. The College really helped me on GCSE results day and offered me a place to study Construction Multi-skills, which I accepted so I could work hard and eventually progress onto the Civil Engineering course. Even though I was nervous at first, I enjoyed learning every trade, and the opportunity to meet new people made me more confident and independent. I’m really looking forward to the rest of my college journey!
The HND Theatre Practice course appealed to me because it was practical and gave me opportunities such as taking care of the mics and sound at the Castle Theatre in Wellingborough. My tutor encouraged me to apply to study technical theatre at the London Academy of Performing Arts and I was accepted! I’m now a composer and sound designer, creating music for stage, radio and TV. The support I received at Northampton College led me to a career I love.
We have been employing apprentices through Northampton College for around 10 years now, so that we can bolster our workforce and develop fresh young talent. We have also worked with the College to shape the new Apprenticeship standards, so that when students come to us, they are already learning the skills we need in the factory. Apprenticeships provide an opportunity to experience different aspects of industry, highlighting alternative routes to the amazing careers on offer in Northamptonshire.
Joining Northampton College was the next step from leaving school and I responded well to being given a little more responsibility. I think you grow more in lots of ways when the ball is in your court. I’m someone who asks a lot of questions and the tutors had a lot of patience, willingness and ability to explain things. I’ve now completed the first year of a degree at Oxford Brookes University and have aspirations to set up my own construction company in the future.
I would definitely recommend Northampton College to anyone passionate about their future. The teachers really want you to succeed, and the course truly prepares you for university. After college, I studied accounting and finance at the University of Leicester and completed a master’s degree in finance. My classmates had no knowledge of law and accounting, whereas I had covered these subjects at college, so I definitely had a head start. I now work as a junior finance partner at the Northampton base of Mitie, managing the costs of the whole division.
I completed a year of sixth form, but it didn’t suit me. I needed an alternative route to get into university, and the College suggested Level 3 Applied Science as it covers a good mix of all three sciences. I loved the practical side to the course, which prepared me well for my degree in microbiology at Nottingham Trent University. I’m now studying a master’s degree in research microbiology at the University of Nottingham and after that, I have my sights set on a PHD.
Within the construction industry, there is a necessity to go down the apprenticeship pathway, as you must be trade qualified in order to work on-site. With lessons at college one day a week and four days a week on-site practical learning, apprenticeships cover all boundaries and is the first step to securing a career. Apprenticeships are the best way forward for us, and we have now started to offer higher apprenticeships at university as well as a whole raft of opportunities.
“I was supported by my tutors and the futures team who assisted with my personal statement and supported me throughout my UCAS journey. I was able to reach my full potential at Northampton College and received plenty of advice from tutors to prepare me for my university interviews.”
I enjoyed my time at college so much - I would do it all over again without a doubt! I learned lots and was very proud to be named Chef of the Year and offered an incredible month of work experience at Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saison, Raymond Blanc’s Michelin-starred restaurant. I am now a full-time chef at The Plough in Shutlanger, where I got my first taste of the industry as a potwasher, while also launching my own cake company.
Northampton College was my first taste of education in the UK when I moved here from Ghana, and the College pastoral team really helped me to settle in. I worked hard, completing Level 1 and 2 before moving on to Level 3, and the support I received from my teachers throughout was amazing. The facilities are incredible – I now know how to use industry equipment, and I hope to use my new skills in an apprenticeship or a full-time job.
"I enrolled at Northampton College in September 2017 to study Art and Design Level 2, before progressing to a two-year Art and Design Level 3 course. I also attended BTEC and GCSE maths and English to improve my skills and earn a grade 4. I'm now pursuing an Illustration course at the University of Northampton."
Since joining the Cadets aged 14, I dreamed of a career in public services. I learned so much at Northampton College, but I particularly enjoyed the physical elements of my course, such as running and the assault courses. I achieved enough UCAS points to study Policing at The University of Northampton, so thanks to the College, I’m now a Police Constable with Northamptonshire Police. Anyone who wants a career in public services should go for it. My journey won’t stop here.
My Acting course at college was the perfect preparation for what life is like in my industry. The experience my teachers had was invaluable – that extra bit of insight meant that when I went for auditions, I knew what to expect. They went above and beyond to help us and created a brilliant atmosphere in class.
I’d recommend Northampton College to anyone, as it’s such a good way of learning your trade and perfecting your skills while learning from the best.
I liked that my course involved work experience placements – it’s because of these placements that I am where I am now! I had placements in two care homes and at Northampton General Hospital, where I got to see first-hand what happens in each department. It was a valuable experience and helped me decide which path to take. The course helped me to gain a physiotherapy assistant job at Kettering General Hospital and a place at The University of Leicester to study physiotherapy.
I moved to the UK from Swaziland in Africa in 2017 and started on a foundation course at Northampton College, which allowed me to move on and study sport. I was nervous starting college, but I was given so much support and as my confidence grew, I became an award-winning student ambassador! My time at college has been great and will definitely help me to become a sports physiotherapist. I hope to continue my learning journey with an apprenticeship or a degree at university.
Getting into hairdressing is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My teachers have been amazing – they helped me achieve my maths GCSE and supported me with my dyslexia. I’ve learnt so much from college and from the team at Paul Watts in Kettering, who allow me to be creative and push me to see what I can do. I’m excited to learn more about bridal hair, barbering and hair extensions, and I’d really love to own a salon one day!
Coming to college opened my eyes to careers within the film industry. I didn’t know what I wanted, but after hearing from people with years of industry experience, I now have a clear path in mind. The teachers really know their stuff and having access to the latest equipment has been a big help. I’d recommend Northampton College to anyone - it’s been a great experience, and as soon as I complete my course, I know I’m ready to make my way into the industry.
I decided to come to college because of the facilities, the course modules and the responsibility it gave me. The networking module was my favourite – it was amazing to plan and design networks and then build and put them together in the lab. Following my course, I gained a Morrisons degree apprenticeship, which includes a full-time job at a logistics depot and attending Bradford University every six weeks for lessons. At the end of the course, I will qualify as a shift manager.
I enjoyed every minute of my time at college. Even though I couldn’t speak English when I moved to Northampton from Poland, my teachers helped me progress from Level 1 to Level 3, and always took time to make things easy to understand. My lessons were always interesting – we even went on trips to Paris and on a cruise ship to gain experience of the industry. I now work as BA Cabin Crew and my time at college definitely helped me get the job.
I started at Northampton College studying Level 3 Music Technology, which was phenomenal. The teachers had lots of industry experience and explained things in class so well. It’s a great environment to be in – you meet students with common interests and benefit from amazing facilities, such as music studios and The Underground performing space. I’m on the autistic spectrum, so I had a mentor, which really helped. College gave me the confidence to do my own thing, and I’ve now progressed to study HNC Music Production.