We know that one of the most important choices your son/daughter will make is how best to continue their education, and we’re delighted that they are considering Northampton College for their next destination.
This page outlines the key information you may need to help your son/daughter make their decision.
By choosing to study at one of the leading colleges in the country, 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.
Visiting the College
Applying for a full-time course or apprenticeship
Applications are now online only. Please ensure your son/daughter submits a contact email address with their application, as this is how we acknowledge the application and send any offers. The apprenticeship application process is slightly different, as we advertise all of our vacancies through the National Apprenticeship Service.
After applying, the College will review your son/daughter's application and make a conditional offer or provide alternative advice. If your son/daughter doesn’t achieve the grades for their chosen course, we will offer them a place on a course at a lower level, which will prepare them to join their first choice the following year.
On GCSE results day, your son/daughter will receive an email from the College, asking them to confirm they’ve met the entry requirements for the course and they would like to join us in September. If they haven’t met the entry requirements, they can choose a different course or request further guidance. Please note that courses become full very quickly – so don’t miss out!
Our tutors will check that your son/daughter has met the entry criteria and then they’ll receive an email to confirm their place at the level they will be studying at. They will then be asked to complete an online enrolment and upload a photograph for their student ID card.
After the enrolment process is complete, students will begin their study programme..
Supporting our students
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 – Students may be eligible for help with any additional costs of coming to college, subject to meeting the specified criteria.
- 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.
- 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. Click here to view the full Careers Calendar, or pdf here to view the Careers Programme Statement (200 KB) .
All students also 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 now offering telephone advice appointments - please call 0300 123 2344 to book a slot.
Life after college
94% of our students go on to further study or employment once they have achieved their qualification. The Futures team provide one to one 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.
There are also plenty of progression opportunities for your son/daughter, whether it be to the next level of their course, or onto a University Level course that is equivalent to the first year of an honours degree.
Keeping in touch with you
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.
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.
If you have any unanswered questions, you can fill out our online enquiry form or chat to an online agent to ask any questions you may have about college life, by clicking the 'Let's Chat' icon in the bottom right hand corner.