Information for Parents and Guardians
Student experience is core to what we do here at the University of Northampton. We provide a personalised learning experience for our students, and our academic teaching brings real world experiences and insights to student learning. That’s why the government have awarded us Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
Discover more about us as a university.
UCAS Clearing is an option for students who do not receive the required grades to get into their Firm or Insurance choices. It can also be used by students that have decided later on in the academic year that they would like to attend university but have not made an application.
Here’s how you can support young people during Clearing:
- Before Results Day – if a student is nervous, encourage them to think about their ‘Plan B’ option ahead of time, and do some basic research into Clearing on UCAS.
- On Results Day – help them to prepare for Clearing by having their UCAS ID Number and Personal Statement ready to send to universities upon calling them.
- Before going through Clearing – if they have narrowly missed the grades they needed, remind them it’s always worth phoning their firm and insurance university choices to see if they’re still willing to offer them a place.
- Accepting a place – when a student has made their Clearing call and been offered a place at a university, be sure to encourage them to accept this and send the university any further information required as soon as possible.
- Student Finance – they will need to make sure they inform Student Finance of any changes to the institution they will be attending too.
Applying to university
The majority of undergraduate degrees in the UK are applied for through UCAS. Applications are online and made up of various steps; it is also useful to know what happens once an application has been submitted and the key deadlines. Visit the UCAS Parents and Guardians page for more information.
The University of Northampton accepts all major Level 3 qualifications, such as: A Levels, BTEC, Access, CACHE, and many more. UCAS displays a full list of qualifications accepted for each course on their website.
There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding Level 3 qualifications and university entry requirements. At our institution, providing the Level 3 qualification e.g. BTEC is equivalent to three A Levels, students applying with these qualifications will be considered completely equal in the eyes of our admissions team.
Join us at an Open Day
We encourage parents and guardians to also attend an Open Day when they are able to. At the moment we are running Virtual Open Days; where students can receive all the same information as they would at an on-campus event, within the comfort of your own home. They can be a real benefit to alleviate some of the concerns you may have about university.
At our Open Days, we have dedicated sessions for Personal Statements, Student Finance, Joint Honours and Employability. You can speak face-to-face with the university staff who deal with these specific areas to ask any and all questions you may have.
To explore the opportunities available at the University of Northampton; you can register for one of our upcoming Open Days.
How can you help?
Progression into Higher Education is an exciting time, but we understand the breadth of information available can be overwhelming; we have created a useful Glossary of academic terms for your reference.
- We would encourage research into courses and universities, the earlier the better. UCAS is a great place to start.
- Courses can vary between universities so make sure the course is explored in detail, with consideration given to assessment methods and modules available.
- Help to proof-read the application, Personal Statement and any supporting documents of the student.
Get some extra information on how you can help by visiting Which?.
Our fees and funding page lays out all the facts on finance for our institution; but you may also find it useful to visit Student Finance England for more general information about applying for loans and bursaries.
Join our Financial Guidance Team for Student Finance talks at Open Days too. They are available at firstname.lastname@example.org to answer any questions you may have once a student has applied to us.
We also provide a wide range or further financial support in the form of scholarships and bursaries.
Part time work
Our Changemaker Hub is available to students throughout their degree to make it easier for them to find a job when they graduate. We also have an employment agency within the university, specifically for students. Unitemps advertise a variety of roles including the opportunity to work as a Student Ambassador, representing the University at various events such as Open Days and school visits.
We have a wide range of rooms, on and off campus, to suit any preference or budget, including halls of residence especially for those students carrying out placements. We also work in partnership with national bodies to ensure students find only the best private sector housing. Find out more about our Accommodation.
Figure out moving-in dates, holidays, and more about University Term Dates too.
Safety and Wellbeing
Our student’s safety and wellbeing is paramount. Our Waterside Campus has its own dedicated team of Police Officers – consisting of one sergeant and five constables. The police force work alongside our other support teams, including 24-hour security, the Residential Life team and Counselling and Mental Health team. See our student support page for more details.
Teachers and Advisers
Do you work in a school or college? Find out more on our Schools and Colleges page.
Foster Carers and Personal Advisors
If you are supporting any children in care or care leavers at the moment, our Care Leavers Hub provides plenty of information on the support available to them.