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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
admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk and let them know what other relevant experience you have.

  • We know that applicants for September 2020 will be worried about their place at Northampton in light of the government’s recent announcements and the coronavirus outbreak.

    The Universities Minister and Office for Students recent ban on making unconditional offers for undergraduate study in the 2020-21 academic year has now been lifted.

    If you have an unconditional offer to study with us, you will be unaffected by the changes.

    For those students with a conditional offer we are working hard to make sure that everyone who wants to study with us is supported to do so. When we receive notification of your results we will review your grades with a view to confirming places to applicants who have obtained our minimum entry criteria. This may differ from your current offer and could be lower depending on your programme and type of qualification. Please note however that some programmes have professional body requirements regarding entry criteria which may mean that we cannot offer the same level of flexibility.  We will also ensure that applicants with a conditional offer who do not achieve the minimum entry criteria are offered a place on one of our Foundation programmes (where there is an associated ‘with foundation’ programme) regardless of the outcome of your final results.

    I am due to start my course in September 2020, will the University be open?

    The Waterside Campus and our halls of residence will be open for the start of the new academic year in September 2020.

    Teaching in the first term will be a mix of face-to-face with online provision, and you can be sure both your face-to-face and online experience will be of the highest quality. This is because, prior to the pandemic, we devised a flexible method of teaching, supported by an award-winning learning environment we call Active Blended Learning. This exciting way of teaching is one reason why, in 2017, we were ranked Gold, the highest possible standard in the Government’s review of university teaching.

    Thanks to Active Blended Learning, the University of Northampton was able to respond quicker than most to the challenges of the COVID19 pandemic. In this digital age it remains one of our greatest strengths and makes studying with us a dynamic and highly relevant experience that is second to none. The academic, professional and employability skills and knowledge you’ll gain will be of the highest, externally benchmarked standards. More importantly, they’ll prepare you for making your way successfully in a constantly changing world.

    We are also putting in place social distancing and hygiene measures on campus in line with our promise to create a University estate that is as safe and secure as possible for all new and returning students. The library and other social and sporting facilities will also be open, subject to relevant social distancing rules.

    Applicants can now also access our award winning Skills Hub. This website contains videos, guides, interactive tutorials and blog posts covering core academic skills areas meaning you can start your higher education journey now.

    What is the latest date that I can start my programme for 2020/21 entry?

    The latest date for registration is 12 October 2020. If you are unable to complete enrolment by this date due to extenuating circumstances please contact admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk as soon as possible and your situation will be reviewed.

    Is the University still accepting applications?

    Yes, the University is accepting applications and processing offers.

    What will happen to my application if the University closes?

    The admissions staff are working remotely processing applications and dealing with enquiries.

    If my exam / results are delayed, will I still get accepted?

    At the University of Northampton we are fully committed to ensuring the changes to assessments this year don’t prevent you from taking up your place at university.

    The University will apply a degree of flexibility to applicants and offer holders who expect that they will experience delays due to issues surrounding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.  The Department for Education and Ofqual have now published guidance for schools, pupils and parents to provide clarity about the process for the award of GCSE and A-level qualifications this year. The guidance is clear that the grades awarded to students will have equal status to those awarded in other years and should be treated in this way by universities and colleges. The date for GCSE and A-level results remain unchanged. This means that the admissions process for 2020-21 will run in a similar way to previous years.

    The Department for Education has compiled some useful FAQs for GCSEs, AS and A levels, private and home students, vocational and technical qualifications.

    Would it be better to defer my application?

    We are not advising any students to defer their application at this stage. If the situation changes, we will let you know. Please email admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk for advice.

    I am worried about staying in University accommodation. Do I have other options?

    The Waterside Campus and our halls of residence will be open for the start of the new academic year in September 2020.

    Our Residential Life Team are doing all they can to make sure the accommodation is as safe as possible during this time. However, if you do not feel comfortable sharing with other students, we can help you to find suitable private rental properties. If you live in private rented accommodation you may need to consider costs other than rent, for example, utilities, including water and electricity, council tax, and car parking, so we still advise University managed accommodation for your first year.

    Applications for Halls of Residence accommodation opened on Thursday 26 March for anyone who’s made University of Northampton their Firm choice.  Please refer to your email about what you need to do now. If you have any questions about your accommodation application please email accommodation@northampton.ac.uk.

    Another university has changed my offer from conditional to unconditional, will you be doing the same?

    During the moratorium universities and colleges were not permitted to make unconditional offers, adjust existing offers, or change a conditional offer to unconditional, as it is not in the best interests of students.  This ban has now been lifted and the Universities Minister and the Office for Students announced on 4 May 2020 that they still expect universities and colleges to continue acting in a similar way that protects the interests of students and the stability and integrity of the higher education sector as a whole.

    What happens if I don’t achieve my expected grades?

    When we receive notification of your results we will review your grades with a view to confirming places to applicants who have obtained our minimum entry criteria. This may differ from your current offer and could be lower depending on your programme and type of qualification. Please note however that some programmes have professional body requirements regarding entry criteria which may mean that we cannot offer the same level of flexibility. We will also ensure that applicants with a conditional offer who do not achieve the minimum entry criteria are offered a place on one of our Foundation programmes (where there is an associated ‘with foundation’ programme) regardless of the outcome of your final results.

     When do I need to make my choices in UCAS?

    There is now only one undergraduate decision deadline for applicants who have received all their decisions from universities and colleges by 4 June 2020. Applicants need to reply to any offers by 18:00 (UK time) on 18 June 2020.

    I am worried about my finances

    Extensive financial support will be available to you. We know the pandemic and lockdown are having a huge impact on the finances of many families. At Northampton, we have over £1.5 million in financial support available to our students through bursaries, scholarships and other financial aid.

    Students joining a full time degree at Northampton will also receive a laptop when their course begins (subject to Laptop Terms and Conditions for 2020/21).

    The University is continuing to review the changing situation and any updates will be published on this page.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Our Applicant with Criminal Convictions Policy details how we handle our applicants who have criminal convictions including:

    • Which applicants need to declare criminal conviction(s)
    • What happens if you are applying for a DBS programme and declare a criminal conviction(s)
    • How we assess DBS check outcomes and self-declaration of criminal conviction(s)

    The below also provides additional information and things which you may need to consider if you have a criminal conviction(s).

    Non-DBS Programmes

    If you are applying for a Non-DBS Programme (e.g. the programme does not require you to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check) and have a criminal conviction:

    • You will not need to declare any criminal convictions during the admissions/application process
    • You may be required to declare criminal convictions during other processes (e.g. accommodation application) however this falls outside of the admissions process
    • You must do your own research to determine whether your criminal conviction may prevent you working in your chosen profession. This might include contacting relevant professional bodies, regulatory authorities or accreditation bodies
    • We encourage you to contact us on admissionsconfidential@northampton.ac.uk if there is anything about your conviction, licence/probation rules etc which we may need to take into account. We don’t need to know the details of your conviction but we might need to know the rules or requirements surrounding your conviction/licence/probation so that we can consider whether we can make reasonable adjustments so that you can study with us. This may include (but is not limited to):
      • You can only attend on certain days/times due to release or probation requirements/rules
      • You are not permitted to access certain resources or the internet

    DBS Programmes

    If you are applying for a DBS Programme (e.g. the programme requires you to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check) and you have a criminal conviction:

    • You will need to declare yes on your application (UCAS or Direct Application) if you have a criminal conviction which would appear on an enhanced DBS check. If you answer yes, we will send you a letter detailing how we will handle your declaration.
    • If you receive an offer from us and make us your FIRM choice we will contact you to complete a DBS check prior to enrolment. Upon receipt of your DBS outcome (or if we ask you to self-declare e.g. due to a late application) a Criminal Convictions Panel will make an assessment of your criminal conviction(s) and whether you can study with us
    • You must do your own research to determine whether your criminal conviction may prevent you working in your chosen profession. This might include contacting relevant professional bodies, regulatory authorities or accreditation bodies
    • You may be required to declare criminal convictions during other processes (e.g. accommodation application) however this falls outside of the admissions process

    Additional Information

    If you need additional support or information then you may wish to consider contacting Unlock or Nacro who provide support and information for individuals with criminal convictions.

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