How to apply

Depending on what and how you would like to study, there are different ways to apply.

Making your application

All applications for full-time undergraduate courses are completed through UCAS. The code for the University of Northampton is N38, which you will need to complete your application.

If you would like to apply for part-time study, distance or online learning, professional courses, post registration study, the BA in Learning and Teaching, the foundation degree in early years or full-time postgraduate study, please apply directly to the University.

For research degrees, please see the specific research application information.

If you are an International student, please see our information about applications for international students.

If you do not meet the entry requirements

We welcome applications from everyone and we know, that relevant experience is just as valuable as qualifications. Whether experience is from your work, voluntary activities or independent study we still want to hear from you.

So if you don’t meet all of the entry requirements for the course you would like to study, contact our Admissions team at and let them know what other relevant experience you have.

  • You can apply for a course 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.

    My application

    We will normally provide applicants with a decision within 21 days of the closing date. 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.

    If your application is successful and you are not required to come to an interview, you will receive a formal offer letter and further information about your course.

    Changing my course once I have applied

    You can change your course if you would like to, as long as you meet the entry requirements for the new course and there are places available. If the new course requires an interview or audition you will need to attend this before being offered a place. You will have to put your request to change your course in writing, either by post to the Admissions office or by emailing admissions.

  • If you have completed academic study that is equivalent to the first or second year of the course you are applying for, it may be possible to enter the course at the second or third year. You will need to apply through UCAS and provide a transcript or list of modules including how many credits they are worth. The Admissions Tutor will then consider the application.

    For more information please see the Policy for the Accreditation of Prior Learning.

  • A lot of our courses can be completed part-time; courses offered on a part time basis are an excellent way of gaining a qualification around a busy home life or job. The University of Northampton recognises that many of our students have family and work commitments and offer various courses on a part time study basis, working flexibly around your requirements.

    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.

    Entry requirements

    When considering applications for part-time study, we assess relevant personal, professional and educational experience to ensure that the course is a good match for you. Entry requirements vary so please check individual courses for details.

  • 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 to secure a place.

    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.

  • Applications for the PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) course should be made through TTR (Graduate Teacher Training Registry).

    Further information

    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 0300 303 2772.

  • We encourage 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.

  • We work hard to ensure that, as far as possible, students with disabilities are able to study successfully with us. If you have additional needs, we advise that you contact the Additional Student Support and Inclusion Services Team (ASSIST) or course tutor as early as possible, so that you can discuss your needs and visit the University to assess the facilities if necessary.


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