Why should my son/daughter choose Northampton College?
By choosing to study at Northampton College, your son/daughter will benefit from high quality teaching, excellent achievement rates and top class facilities. We also look to ensure our students are happy and fulfilled while studying with us, and offer a wide range of trips, enrichment activities and a students’ union.
Can I visit Northampton College before my son/daughter applies?
Yes – we hold Open Events at all three campuses from November through to June.
How can my son/daughter apply for a full-time course?
You can apply online here, or by filling in the paper form included in our full-time prospectus. Please ensure your son/daughter submits a contact email address with their application, as this is how we will contact them. You should hear from us within a week of applying.
Within three weeks, your son/daughter will be invited in for an interview. We aim to offer a place on the day of the interview.
What will Northampton College provide for my son/daughter?
When your son/daughter joins the College, they will benefit from a cohesive study programme. Click here to read more about what this will include.
What support is available for students at Northampton College?
We offer a variety of support for students at Northampton College, from careers advice and personal tutors, to finance and personal support.
- Additional Learning Support - this department has been graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and provides support for students with additional needs, or those in need of personal support.
- Financial support - You may be eligible for help with any additional costs of coming to college if you meet the criteria listed here.
- Getting to college - No matter where you live, we will help your son/daughter get to college. All three of our campuses are easily accessible by foot, car, bicycle or public transport.
- Tutors and coaches - Every student at Northampton College is assigned a
personal tutor/academic coach who is directly responsible for progress and development.
- Careers Programme - At each stage in their learner journey your son/daughter will be supported and encouraged to reach their potential and consider a range of career options beyond college. Our Careers Calendar lists the main elements of careers information, advice and guidance that students may encounter in their time at Northampton College.
For more information on the support offered to students, please click here to browse our ‘Support for Students menu.
What happens once college starts?
On GCSE results day, your son/daughter must get in touch with us to confirm their place.
The next step is to attend an induction day towards the end of August, ready for the start of term in September. This is where they will:
- Meet their tutors and other students
- Receive their timetable and essential course information
- Officially enrol onto their course.
During enrolment, all students will be given a leaflet outlining what we expect of our students and in turn, what they should expect from us.
Is there anywhere I can get extra information on my son/daughter’s options?
All students benefit from the use of our impartial careers advice and guidance service while studying with us. Our dedicated Futures team is on hand to provide information to students about all options available, and are always available at Open Events to help your son/daughter make a fully informed decision before they apply for a course at the College. Click here to find out more about our Futures team.
If your son/daughter would like to apply for a course but is still unsure of their options, you can book a one-to-one guidance appointment with a qualified careers adviser, which parents are also welcome to attend. Click here to contact the Enrolment Centre and book an appointment.
Where can I find out more information about Apprenticeships?
Our Apprenticeship team offer a weekly drop-in advice session at the Skills Centre, Lower Mounts site on Fridays from 9am-3pm.
Click here to visit the National Apprenticeship website, or here to see which Apprenticeships the College can offer.
Can my son/daughter access support when applying to Higher Education?
The Futures team provide 1:1 support with both UCAS and student finance applications. All level 3 students will have tutorials on these topics and there are parent information events where you can find out more.
Once my son/daughter has achieved their qualification, what comes next?
94% of our students go on to further study or employment once they have achieved their qualification.
There are also plenty of progression opportunities for your son/daughter, whether it be to the next level of their course, or onto a Higher Education course that is equivalent to the first year of an honours degree. Click here to find out more.
Do you keep in touch during my son/daughter’s time at college?
If your son or daughter is aged under 19, we will keep you fully informed about their progress and attendance. You will be sent a written report at least twice a year and invited to attend a parents’ evening. Your attendance at these evenings is strongly encouraged.
You are welcome to contact the College at any time with any questions or concerns. With careers advisors and exceptional teaching and support staff, we are here to guide students every step of the way.
What are the College term dates?
Who can I contact if I have any questions?
Our Enrolment Centre Team are on hand to help with any questions you may have about your son/daughter’s application. Please click here to contact us.
For any other queries, including getting touch with Student Services or curriculum staff, please call 0300 123 2344 where our Reception team will be happy to assist, or email