The type of course you wish to study will mean that you have to apply in a specific way. For a list of the course types and methods by which to apply please see the list below:
- full time undergraduate courses – apply through UCAS (the code for the University of Northampton is N38 – which you will need to complete your application)
- part time – apply directly to the University
- distance and online learning – apply directly to the University
- professional courses – apply directly to the University
- post registration study – apply directly to the University
- foundation diploma in art and design – apply directly to the University
- BA in Learning and Teaching – apply directly to the University
- foundation degree in early years – apply directly to the University
- full time postgraduate courses – apply directly to the University
- research degrees – apply directly to the University
- applications for international students
Applications can be made from 1 September in the year before the course starts. The normal closing date for applications is 15 January. Late applications are accepted but are not guaranteed the same level of consideration as applications made before 15 January.
The University of Northampton will normally provide applicants with a decision within 21 days. Courses which require an interview, portfolio submission, audition or Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check may take slightly longer but we will write to you explaining the next stage in the application process.
Successful applicants who do not require an interview will receive a formal offer letter and further information about their course.
Changing my course once I have applied
Applicants can change courses if they meet the entry requirements for the new course and places are available. If the new course requires an interview or audition you will need to attend this before being offered a place. Applicants must put their request to change their course in writing, either by post to the Admissions office or by emailing admissions.
Applying for direct entry into the second or third year of a course
If an applicant has completed academic study that is equivalent to the first or second year of the course for which they are applying it may be possible to enter the course at the second or third year. Applicants will need to apply through UCAS and provide a transcript or list of modules including their credit value on request. The Admissions Tutor will then consider the application.
Part time study
Many courses at the University of Northampton can be completed through part time study. The majority of part time and professional courses start in October. Please apply as soon as possible to ensure we have your details before your course starts.
Applications for part time study at the University of Northampton are considered on an individual basis by the appropriate admissions tutor. Relevant personal, professional and educational experience is taken into consideration to assess whether applicants will be able to achieve the standards required on the course. Entry requirements vary so please check individual course entries for details.
Taught postgraduate courses
The majority of taught postgraduate courses start in October. Most courses do not have formal closing dates but applicants are advised to apply as early as possible.
Applicants should hold a good first degree with at least second class honours, or an equivalent qualification. Relevant personal, professional and educational experience is also taken into consideration. Exact requirements vary between courses, please check the relevant GTTR (Graduate Teacher Training Registry) for details.
Applying for PGCE programmes
If you would like more information about applying for a course at the University of Northampton, please email the Enquiries Team or phone them on 0800 358 2232.
The University of Northampton positively encourages applications from all sections of the community, regardless of sex, marital status, age, responsibility for dependants, socio economic status, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation or disability.
For more information please see the university’s Equality and diversity policy.
Students with disabilities
The University of Northampton works to ensure that, as far as possible, students with disabilities are able to study successfully at the University. Facilities are, however, not always fully accessible. Potential students with additional needs are advised to contact the Additional Student Support and Inclusion Services Team (ASSIST) or course tutor as early as possible. This gives them the chance to discuss their needs and visit the University to assess the facilities if necessary.
If you do not meet the entry requirements
The University of Northampton welcomes applications from students of all ages, cultures and backgrounds.
Applicants may also be considered on the basis of relevant experience. This can come from employment, voluntary activity, independent study and/or recent formal study.
The University of Northampton will also, where applicable, acknowledge prior learning at another institution to allow applicants to gain direct entry into higher levels of a course. For more information, please see the Policy for the Accreditation of Prior Learning.
Applicants who do not fulfil the entry requirements outlined in their chosen course’s description, but believe that they do have equivalent experience are advised to contact the University’s Admissions team who will be happy to discuss their options.