Northampton College offers advice to students if they miss out on university places

Northampton College's Booth Lane site. ENGNNL00120130225165513
Northampton College's Booth Lane site. ENGNNL00120130225165513

Students awaiting their A Level results have been reassured that all is not lost if they don’t get the grades they had hoped for, with Northampton College set to launch a series of new higher education courses.

With thousands of students competing for University places and maintenance grants due to be axed from next year, Northampton College is launching a new range of courses to give students the option to continue their studies closer to home, helping save money and learn practical skills to get them into the world of work. Entry is with just 120 UCAS points (equivalent to two grade Ds at A level).

Northampton College's Booth Lane site. ENGNNL00120130225165451

Northampton College's Booth Lane site. ENGNNL00120130225165451

Julie Teckman, Head of the School of the Arts and Higher Education at Northampton College, said that students shouldn’t feel that it’s the end of the road if they don’t get the grades they need.

She added: “University is not the only option, far from it. It doesn’t suit everyone and we are fully aware that with the maintenance grants being cut it’s going to mean that more people are potentially looking to stay closer to home and look for alternatives.

“Some of our HND courses will cost £6,000, compared to £9,500 for a degree so that’s a significant saving. HND students can then complete a ‘top-up’ third year at University if they wish to complete a full degree, which is an excellent, cost-effective way of getting two qualifications for less than the price of a standard degree.”

HND students at Northampton College will also qualify for an £800 ‘cashback’ bonus at the end of each successful year.

Northampton College has previously taken on students who achieved a single D grade at A Level but who have gone on to get first class degrees.

Dr Teckman added: “HND courses tend to be more technical and as a result lead directly into employment. They are an excellent option for people who prefer ‘hands-on’ learning in smaller groups with continual assessment, rather than lots of studying for big end-of-year exams.

“We wish everyone well with their results but it’s important to remember that all is not lost if it doesn’t go to plan, there’s lots of options out there and you will still be able to find a way of doing what you want to do.”

BTEC students who already know their results can apply now for HND courses at Northampton College if they have secured a pass grade.

For more details about Higher Education courses at Northampton College visit www.northamptoncollege.ac.uk/higher-education