Every year, we welcome University Level students from across the UK. Many of our students also come from Northampton and the surrounding towns and villages.

Students of all ages, including those leaving school sixth forms and completing Level 3 programmes at the college, can join us at University Level to continue their studies further. A number of students on these programmes are adults returning to education, with a clear idea of the career path they want to pursue, so there is always a good mix of ages and backgrounds in our higher level programmes.

Industry links

We have developed strong links with a range of external organisations and regularly host workshops and visiting lecturer events with professionals from relevant industries. Our university level students also benefit from opportunities for work experience and live briefs with highly regarded local employers.

Flexible learning

Our University Level programmes are flexible, available as full-time programmes but also as part-time spread over three or four years depending on your circumstances. The way you choose to study can be discussed with staff before you enrol, and fees charged will reflect how you attend college.

Timetables are made up of taught sessions (both classroom-based and online) and self-study periods in which you work unsupervised in workrooms and studios. You are also expected to conduct research and prepare for lessons outside of class. Some courses, including our part time HNCs and Higher Level Apprenticeships, can be taught in your place of work with time spent in college to top up your knowledge.

Student voice

We actively seek the views of our students and appreciate regular, honest feedback. Student representatives meet regularly to discuss the curriculum, as well as attending University Level Academic Board meetings to report on the student experience, ensuring students are heard at all levels.

There are also regular feedback sessions with our Quality team to discuss your course, and opportunities to take part in national surveys and reviews which help shape higher level provision nationally.

Following previous student feedback, we have:

  • Improved links with the careers team
  • Developed online access to external examiners’ reports
  • Provided additional access to professional facilities outside of class time
  • Created more ‘live briefs’ and work experience opportunities


One of the first steps to becoming a student at Northampton College is to complete online enrolment before you start your course. We will give you the instructions to do this.

You will need the following information:

  • Photographic ID – such as driving licence or passport
  • Student Support Number – from the Student Loans Company
  • Your certificates/results slips

Please also be ready to give us information about the following.

  • Term time accommodation
  • How you will be paying for the course
  • Your employment status and job type
  • The last educational institution that you attended
  • Country of domicile (last three years)
  • The level of your highest qualification achieved to date.

When you enrol, before starting your course, you will become a fully registered student of the College. You will receive a copy of the Terms and Conditions of studying at University Level at Northampton College and information about your studies.

Your Student ID card will be issued once you have provided the above information, signed your Learning File and paid any fees. You must carry this card at all times on college premises and show it when requested by a member of staff.