“I'd been working in a restaurant for 3 or 4 years by the time I decided to go to college, and I chose Northampton College because it had a good reputation for cooking compared to other local colleges. My time at the college was great. I got to use new equipment and learn a lot of new skills, whilst making some great friends in the process.
“Studying at the college gave me a great foundation on which to build my career. The tutors were fantastic and I'll always be grateful for the things I learned with them. Restaurants and hotels provide experience that can't be easily replicated but they aren't always the most professional work environments. In that sense the College really set the standard for professionalism and work ethic. It also opens your eyes to the myriad possibilities within the food industry. As a result I've worked at some of the best restaurants in the world in a variety of job roles.
“I now own my own business called Explore Chocolate. We source cocoa beans from around the world and turn them into chocolate bars and confections, whilst teaching courses for everyone from four-year-old children to industry professionals.
“I'd recommend Northampton College to anyone who is serious about working in the food industry. Having recently been in the kitchens there for a charity event, the place has been completely rebuilt since I studied and they have a spectacular set up. Two of the most influential tutors on my success are still there in management roles and continue to set a high standard for the students. I'm looking forward to collaborating with the College further in the future.”
"Caring for and helping people really interests me. Coming to Northampton College has helped me on the road to ultimately becoming a clinical psychologist.
"It was refreshing to discover that the course is very different to being taught at school. I particularly like the style of teaching, you’re given the opportunity to answer your own questions, work as a group and benefit from presentations.
"The units are really interesting and are taught by motivating teachers, which has inspired me to do well at the same time as helping me to retain the information. I now apply what I have learnt to everyday situations with family and friends. The course has given my confidence a boost and helped me to understand different aspects of my work placement at a mental health care home for the elderly. The course has provided me with a pathway to success."
"Some of my friends were already on the course and I was inspired to join them after watching their cabaret show. I left school after my GCSEs and it was great to know what direction I was heading in. I gathered some information about the course and never looked back. I can honestly say I adored it and learnt so much about the industry and ultimately what universities look for.
"I now attend Laine Theatre Arts and believe I wouldn’t be here without the support of my tutors – I couldn’t be more grateful for their faith in me."
"The quality of teaching at college was superb. I learnt a lot of useful new skills which I am now using every day in my art. The teachers pushed me and helped me to develop new ideas. They gave me a lot of freedom to explore my creative side and experiment with new processes and techniques.
"I’m now studying Fine Art at the University of Nottingham which I’m really enjoying. I’ve started to combine lots of different styles within my work, such as film and photography and that’s definitely something that I picked up from college.
"It’s a great place to study and meet new people. College gives you the chance to really focus on what you want to do and explore one particular subject in a lot of detail. I’d recommend it to anyone."
"The majority of my secondary education was very rough, it felt like a big depression hanging over me. I was expecting that the end of my GCSEs would see all those bad things would go away and it would be a fresh start but just a few weeks into my A Levels I had some family issues, school wasn’t great and the work was piling up, I needed to make a change.
"I decided to take things into my own hands and make a change for the better. I found a friend of mine was doing the engineering course at college so switched and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.
It’s been good for me physically and mentally, the impact it’s had on me has been indescribable. I spent years feeling drained, I’d be down at nights worrying about things but that doesn’t happen now. It’s been exciting, it’s been a fresh start and I can feel the progress I am making."