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Courses and Fees

Entry Requirements

New College of the Humanities offers a rigorous academic experience, with its students undertaking eight more courses than the standard university degree, and their work being tested in one-to-one tutorials with leading academics. Students benefit from at least 13 hours of contact time per week, in comparison with an average of 10.15 at Russell group universities for students studying humanities and social sciences. Although not a strict rule, most students at the College achieve between AAA and AAB at A-level, 38 to 34 points in the IB, or international equivalents. Candidates can apply to NCH directly or through UCAS. We advise that prospective students begin their application process as soon as possible to stand the greatest chance of success.

In order to ensure the highest possible quality of student, NCH insists on a personal application process in which every promising candidate is interviewed and assessed on their potential and not necessarily their grades. This interview is intended to establish whether a candidate would flourish in the tutorial system, rather than to be an intimidating test of knowledge. After the interview, applicants can expect to know whether they have received an offer or not within two weeks. The admissions team is available to answer any questions or queries you may have concerning your application. For more information click here.

Faculties / Departments

The current subjects offered are Art History, Creative Writing, Economics, English, History, Law, Philosophy, Politics & International Relations, PPE, PPH. NCH offers an undergraduate academic experience unlike any other. Students undertake a liberal arts-inspired degree which combines a major subject and a minor subject. Candidates also undertake the unique NCH Diploma, which is comprised of eight core courses in Applied Ethics, Critical Reasoning, Science Literacy, and LAUNCH, the College's professional development programme. The diploma is designed to enrich and contextualise your degree and to provide a broad yet in-depth range of skills to students, in contrast to the nascent specialisation present in other university programmes. For further information please click here.

NCH's world-renowned visiting academics, who include Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, Steven Pinker, Howard Jacobson and Sir Christopher Ricks, work closely with the faculty to develop courses as well as delivering lectures. Access to world-renowned thinkers such as these in small lectures is an unparalleled undergraduate experience.

International 

New College of the Humanities welcomes international students into its cosmopolitan, multicultural community, which comprises students, graduates and staff from more than 45 countries. Check out our international student hub here

Tuition fees

The total fees for students who have a UK, EU, EEA or Swiss passport are £9,250 per year, regardless of domicile. Fees for students who would require a visa to study in the UK are £14,000 per year. Please find more information here.

Bursaries and scholarships

Every applicant is automatically considered for one of the College's academic scholarships upon receiving an offer: there is no need to apply for a specific scholarship. These scholarships can provide a subsidy of up to £2,000 per year towards tuition fees. Bursaries are available for students who would not be able to attend the College without further financial support: they can cover any amount up to the total cost of the fees. Bursaries are awarded on a means-tested basis. Bursaries, unlike scholarships, must be applied for through this link once an offer has been made.

Facilities

Location

The Registry, a Grade I-listed Georgian townhouse built between 1776 and 1781, is situated in the heart of Bloomsbury in central London. The rear of the building is the student area, with a library, lounge room and quiet study room, while the rest of the building contains subject-specific specific rooms and larger lecture rooms. Opposite The Registry is Bedford Square Gardens, a private garden square that students have access to should they wish to escape the hum and bustle of London into a leafy haven.

To see inside the college, please explore with our virtual tour.

Library and study facilities

The main library used by NCH students is Senate House Library, which is one of the top three research libraries in the UK and contains over 3 million volumes. NCH has a private reading room within Senate House Library, which houses the NCH Collection - books chosen by the College's academics for their relevance to the degrees taught at NCH. Students are also eligible for a reader's card to use the British Library, which has copies of all new books published in the UK. In addition to this, NCH provides study rooms within its walls, as well as an extensive on-site collection of books that can be located through a catalogue. There is a multitude of cafes close by for those who prefer to work in a less deliberately studious environment.

IT

The College provides fast Wifi, and its members can either use the computers provided or borrow a laptop from the Student Support office.

Careers service

The College offers bespoke one-to-one careers guidance by expert practitioners from a range of fields. All undergraduate students take the LAUNCH programme, which allows students to develop the professional skills and behaviours required in the wider working world. The programme is delivered through project work, interactive seminars and small group discussions with leading professionals from a variety of industries. Each year, students work in teams to explore and address current issues faced by a range of enterprises and, to date, have developed projects for organisations including On Our Radar, Find A Cure, Give Me Tap, Angelus, and 21st Century Tiger. 

NCH graduates have gone on to postgraduate study at universities including Oxford, UCL and LSE, and secured graduate employment at firms including Clifford Chance, Corke Wallis, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, and Webber Fox. Some particularly entrepreneurial graduates now run businesses they started at NCH as part of LAUNCH, including the tech-free travel companion Vagaband and theatre company End of Moving Walkway

Amenities

The Registry, NCH's building, is a Grade I-Listed Georgian townhouse, with an oculus, spiral staircase, drawing room and access to one of the best-preserved garden squares in London. The entirety of the square in which it is situated has recently been refurbished. The building has on-site lecture, tutorial and study rooms, a JCR (Junior Common Room) and kitchens on all its floors in which free tea and coffee are provided for students.

Student Union

The NCH Student Union (NCHSU) provides a voice for the students and is the heart of the student experience. Elected delegates focus on each aspect of student life, including events, facilities, fundraising and welfare and diversity. The Union also runs a fully licensed bar that supplies the College's frequent bar nights, as well as providing for termly balls, which take place in the largest room in the College, the Drawing Room. Themes have ranged from Mad Hatter's Tea Party to masked balls, to A Midsummer Night's Dream. Clubs and societies are free to book rooms and use the building for their pursuits. The College has hosted Drama Society plays, Film Society screenings and Life Drawing Society sessions. Should they not find the club or society they are looking for, students can establish their own with financial support from the student union.

Students can also access Student Central, previously known as the University of London Union, which is the hub for student life in London and is situated just around the corner from NCH. Membership enables students to get involved with everything the organisation has to offer including online tickets, societies, sports, bars, club nights, cafes, a gym, a study room and equipment for event hire.

Sports

In addition to the growing list of NCH sports teams, including football and rugby, students can join Student Central, which offers an enormous range of sports facilities, clubs and teams. Energybase gym is located in Student Central. Its excellent facilities include a 53-station fitness suite, a 33-metre swimming pool, up to 50 classes per week, a sports hall and pitch, and a multi-purpose fitness studio. 

Medical and welfare services

NCH provides welfare services through its Student Wellbeing department, which includes a full-time Student Welfare Co-ordinator. The department is open the same hours as the rest of College and students can either book an appointment or drop in. In addition to this, if students wish to keep their issues external, the college provides important contacts for an array of student-specific issues. Student Support staff members are also trained first-aiders, and can, therefore, administer first-hand medical care in an emergency.

Financial aid

The College offers bursaries to candidates who have the academic potential to flourish but would be unable to attend without additional financial support. In addition to this, students can approach Student Support for further advice. Many NCH students have part-time jobs, including working as an Ambassador for the College. 

Please find more information about Student Life at NCH here.

Accommodation

The College recommends that students spend their first year in university halls, and renting a private property in the second and third years. NCH accommodation provides options for university halls that cater to a range of locations, budgets and desires. The College recommends four private halls:

Helen Graham House

A lovely period building situated directly across from the front entrance of the British Museum, and less than five-minutes' walk from the college. Heather Graham House provides for students who want to live in the heart of the city for comparatively little rent. Contracts are flexible and require no deposit, rooms are either single or shared and prices begin at £121 p/w for a shared room.

Mannequin House

Brand new for September 2017, Mannequin House offers a range of large en-suite rooms in shared apartments and en-suite studios. All rooms come with a TV. Mannequin House offers a quiet study area, social space with TV and games area, social events and outdoor space. It is 30 seconds away from Blackhorse Road station on the Victoria line and the journey to College takes less than 30 minutes door to door. All-inclusive rent for an ensuite room starts at £195 p/w. 

Tufnell House

Located in Tufnell Park, and a half an hour commute from the college, Tufnell House offers a wide range of amenities including common rooms and a courtyard with a barbecue. Tufnell House is a short journey to bucolic Hampstead, edgy Camden and fashionable Islington. All inclusive rent for a single room begins at £215 p/w.

Urbanest St. Pancras

Urbanest St Pancras provides for the luxury end of the student accommodation spectrum. The halls are on the banks of the historic Regent's canal and the rooms have high quality specifications including kitchens with a dishwasher, en-suite bathrooms, memory foam mattresses and room controlled underfloor heating. Close to the six tube lines that run through King's Cross, students living here have quick access to anywhere in London. Should they not wish to travel, vibrant Camden and the hub of Kings Cross are close. Prices per week begin at £259 p/w for a single room in a shared apartment.

Urbanest Westminster

Positioned in central London, and with astonishing views over the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Bridge and the London Eye, Urbanest Westminster is the pinnacle of student accommodation in London. With a gym, sauna and swimming pool onsite, along with underfloor heating, a deli and luxury shower rooms, Urbanest Westminster provides the ultimate in independent student living. Prices begin at £259 p/w for a private room. 

For more information concerning our accommodation options please click here

In the second and third years the student support team is on-hand to provide aid finding private residences for students after the student hall experience has grounded them in London and established them with friends they are ready to live with.

Open Days

Why come to an Open Day

NCH offers three forms of pre-university experience: Open Days, Taster Days and Taster Lectures. Open Days offer a chance to feel what it would be like to study at the university rather than just to experience it virtually. Candidates are invited to Open Days to meet students and tutors, ask questions, and experience the College?s atmosphere first-hand. Taster Days provide the opportunity for year 12 and lower sixth students to immerse themselves in College?s academic atmosphere for a day. Taster Lectures give prospective students from all backgrounds the chance to attend a public lecture from one of our world-class visiting professoriate free of charge.

What are undergraduate Open Days like

On an Open Day, prospective students will receive an introduction to NCH before splitting off into subject specific discussions, campus tours with a Student Ambassador, and an opportunity to ask a panel of current students questions.

During a Taster Day, students can experience challenging and engaging sessions led by by the College's relevant head of faculty. Taster Days are available in Art History, Creative Writing Economics, English, History, Law, Philosophy, and Politics & International Relations. Participants can also have lunch with our students in order to find out more about the NCH experience. Taster Days are hosted in our Grade-I listed building and are offered at no cost.

At Taster Lectures, refreshments are offered before and after the lecture, providing the opportunity to meet Student Ambassadors and faculty. Lectures occur in close proximity to the college, giving potential students a chance to experience the intellectual hub of Bloomsbury and garner an idea of what it would be like to study in the area.

Should any student be unable to attend the lectures or Open Days, the Recruitment & Admissions Team is always happy to arrange a personal consultation at the college and/or available to answer any questions through phone or email:

 

What are postgraduate Open Days like

Postgraduate Open Evenings allow prospective students to explore the College and meet the academics who will be teaching them. 

The next postgraduate open evening will take place on 

Book your place here

Virtual open day

Our virtual open day can be found here

How to get to the uni

The College's address is 19 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3HH. The nearest car park is the Imperial Hotel Car Park which offers all day parking for £15, a fantastic rate for London. The nearest tube station is Tottenham Court Road, while Euston Square and Holborn are both ten-minutes? walk away. There are bike racks in Bedford Square.

Term dates

Michaelmas 2017

  • Freshers’ Week begins: Monday 18 September 2017
  • Teaching begins: Monday 25 September 2017
  • Reading Week: Monday 6 November to Friday 10 November 2017
  • Term ends: Friday 15 December 2017

Living Here

On campus

NCH is in the heart of central London: Students can enjoy the world capital from an intimate, tightly bonded community in its centre. When students step out of the front door they are a few minutes away from the British Museum, Oxford Street and the recently redeveloped Tottenham Court Road.

Sports and recreation

While NCH has no sports and recreational facilities of its own, clubs and societies can apply for funding from the Student Union to pursue their sporting pursuits. Students can join Student Central to use the University of London's facilities or join one of London's multitude of sports clubs or teams.

Entertainment

Being a student at NCH allows you to experience all the entertainment London has to offer: a world metropolis and cultural centre; a bustling, beautiful, mad city that has become one of the most desirable places to live in the world. In a city this size there is something for everyone.

A turn left takes you into the quiet, leafy bliss of Bloomsbury with an abundance of garden parks and museums, including The British Museum, The Wellcome Collection, and The Charles Dickens Museum. Bloomsbury has the highest concentration of students in the world, and is the home of Student Central (previously the University of London Union), and therefore is a social, intellectual and cultural hub.

The turn right out of the college onto Tottenham Court Road reveals a culinary and commercial locus of London, lined with a plethora of cafes, eateries and restaurants; from the chain coffee shops Pret, Starbucks and Costa to the independent gems of Eve's Cafe or Wraps and More. A short distance further is Oxford Street, the world-renowned retail centre that houses Selfridges, Primark and everything in between.

Soho is a short walk away, with quirky and kinky boutiques and shops and artisan cafes. Soho is also home to the theatres of London, the famous West End which has seen Bradley Cooper, Bill Nighy and Kristen Thomas grace its stages in recent years.

Read our students' guide to London nightlife here

Nightlife

Close to the university is Soho, with some of the brightest lights and most fun nights in London's club scene, with venues that will suit every disposition: the smooth, sophisticated Ronnie Scott's for the Jazz connoisseur; Wahaca for the Tequila lover and Rah Rah Rooms for those looking for eccentric burlesque. However, students have the entirety of London's world-renowned nightlife to explore: from raves to champagne bars, 80s disco clubs to Michelin starred restaurants.

Top Questions

What do you look for in your students?

NCH looks for bright, hardworking candidates willing to put more into their education to get more out. With a weekly one-to-one and small group tutorials, candidates can expect more work than at the majority of universities: we look for students who will be able to flourish in this rigorous environment but who can also contribute to the New College of the Humanities vibrant community and social scene.

What's the weirdest thing to happen at the university?

Walking into a bar night and seeing A C Grayling dancing with Cuban ballet dancing sensation Carlos Acosta.

Do you have any famous or notable alumni?

Due to the College's nascency, we currently have no notable alumni. However, our Visiting professors are some of the world's most famous academics, and the success of our graduates is indicative that we will have some extremely notable alumni soon.

How much of an emphasis do you place on building workplace skills like presenting, project management and people skills?

The College places a huge stress on building workplace skills and behaviours: The mandatory LAUNCH programme was conceived to do precisely this, and its counting towards 50% of the diploma is a testament to how much it is valued at NCH. LAUNCH has modules in marketing, market research, working in teams, writing and presenting, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, selling, statistics, strategy and problem solving and working in digital. These skills are tested individually in tests at the end of the module, and collectively at the end of year projects that deal with real-world businesses such as On Our Radar, Give Me Tap and Find A Cure.

Paul Munce, a Managing Partner at Maher Bird Associates, stated: 'MBA have had the pleasure of working with some NCH students. We have been impressed by their energy, diligence and unique viewpoints towards challenging advertising briefs. The skills instilled by LAUNCH were evident in the students, who approached the working environment in a professional, yet natural fashion. We look forward to welcoming NCH students again in the future.'

Our graduates have been extremely successful, with individuals progressing to a variety of successful occupations or further studies, from undertaking masters in Law at the University of Oxford, to graduate training at Clifford Chance, Deloitte and Diageo, to internships for Warner Music.

What's university welfare and disability support like?

The College has a dedicated and full-time Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator, who can both provide counselling and refer students on to external sources of help. Appointments can be made by email or on a drop-in basis. New College of the Humanities is prepared and committed to making reasonable adjustments to the college building to facilitate disabled circumstances.

What support is available to students who are struggling for any reason?

As well as a full-time Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator the college provides a multiple other avenues of support. Students are part of an NCH Family, composed of members of every year group, as well as being assigned a personal tutor. The one-to-one tutorial systems ensure personal attention, and the tutors are willing to go above and beyond their duties to answer questions and help students. The relatively small size of NCH also ensures that no student is lost in a crowd.

What social events do you offer when people first join to help people make friends and settle in?

When first-year students first join the College, there is Freshers' Week. However, NCH does not offer the same seven nights of decadence, clubbing and semi-adequate nightclub conversation that other universities do. During the week there are intimate events designed to promote community and camaraderie among NCH students. There is a welcome dinner with one's NCH family, walking tours, a pub quiz, bar nights in NCH itself and the matriculation ceremony in which students become official members of the college together. Subject-specific socials also ensure that students get to know their fellow faculty members, allowing them to form a friendship that will benefit their conversation in the small group tutorials and small-sized lectures.

What will my first few weeks at your uni be like?

Anyone's first weeks away from home and in a city as vast as London are bound to be confusing, if not a little bizarre: NCH's small size, though, gives a strong sense of community from the beginning. The first few weeks will also be the most disorientating regarding work, which is of a different standard to previous exams such as IB or A-level. While most students are worried about their first tutorial, all leave it smiling, having enjoyed the new format of learning.

Is it a campus or city-based university? What advantages do you think this offers?

City-based.

The advantages of being in London are numerous: from the galleries to the nightlife, from the bustle to the sites, from the theatres to the sports; there is nowhere better to spend your time as a student than in one of the biggest, brightest, and busiest cities in the world, in which there is something for everyone.

What sort of societies are there?

NCH, considering its small size, has a remarkable number of clubs and societies including: Drama, Art, Life Drawing, the Bloomsbury Forum, Chess League, Comedy Society, Debating Society, Economics Society, Erudito Capital, Film society, Football society, Law Society, Mandarin Society, Music Society, Model UN, Politics Society, Philosophy Society, SOBER (Society of Beer Enthusiasts and Rascals), University Society, WO-MENS Society and university challenge society. For more information on any of these clubs and societies, please click here.

Students are also members of Student Central, previously the University of London Union, which has a plethora of clubs and societies, from Breakdance to LGBT to Revelation Rock Gospel Choir to Ice Hockey.

How far is the campus from the town centre and what public transport is available?

The Registry, New College of the Humanities' only building, is situated in Bedford Square, just a couple of minutes' walk from Tottenham Court Road and the very centre of London. Transport links to the college are extensive: a multitude of buses stop close to college, Tottenham Court Road tube station is less than five minutes' walk away, and Holborn, Euston and King's Cross are less than 20 minutes' walk away.

How far apart are different university buildings, and how far away is the accommodation?

There is only one teaching building, The Registry, from which Senate House Library is approximately 200m away. Accommodation varies depending on which option students choose. Helen Graham House is less than five-minutes walk away. Tufnell House, Urbanest St. Pancras and Urbanest Westminster are a half an hour commute.

How much one-to-one contact time do students receive from their lecturers?

Out of at least 13 hours of contact time per week, often this includes a one-to-one tutorial and a further hour in a small group tutorial comprising 2-4 students. A Youthsight survey has recently found that NCH students have 30% more contact hours per week with academics than students at other Russell Group universities, and 87% of its students have liaised with teachers outside of teaching time, compared to 61%.

What percentage of your students get a full-time job after six months of graduating?

80% of students have offers of employment, a graduate internship or postgraduate study before leaving the College.

What's the ratio of male/female students?

50%-50%

How much is a pint at the student union?

£2.80

What fields of study is the university best known for?

Art History, Creative Writing, Economics, English, History, Law, Philosophy, Politics & International Relations.