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Contextualised admissions

What are contextualised admissions?

The College is committed to widening participation and fair access. The admissions team uses contextual information about an applicant to assess their prior academic achievement and potential based on their individual circumstances.

What information is used?

The admissions team may use the following information to decide on an applicant’s admissions offer:

  • Geodemographic information. POLAR (Participation of Local Areas), based on the proportion of the young population that participates in higher education.
  • Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) which analyses a postcode and takes into consideration income, employment health deprivation and disability, education skills and training, barriers to housing and services, crime and living environment.
  • Schooling: If the applicant has attended a state school or a low-performing school. This can include both GCSE and A-Level performance.
  • Care: If the applicant has been in local authority care for any period of time within their secondary school studies.
  • Estrangement: If an applicant is under the age of 25 and is estranged from their parents/guardians and are thus independent.
  • Other social factors: in receipt of free school meals, local area applicant, and low-income household.

How is this information used?

Each application is considered holistically, and the information provided on the application form will be used to make one of the following decisions:

  • An offer that is one grade below standard entry requirements of AAB (or equivalent)
  • An offer that is two grades below standard entry requirements of AAB (or equivalent)
  • Academic scholarship allocation

Interview financial assistance

Claiming travel expenses for admissions interviews: A guide for students

If you are a UK resident and are concerned about travel expenses affecting your ability to attend your admissions interview, you may be eligible to claim travel expenses of up to £100.

To claim travel expenses for your interview, you must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Attending an under-performing UK state school
  • Have been in/or are currently under Local Authority Care
  • Are estranged from your parents and/or guardians and thus independent
  • Eligible for pupil premium or in receipt of free school meals (FSM)
  • Living in a Low Participation Neighbourhood
  • If your parents/guardians are unemployed or your household income is less than £42,875

All expense claims must be supported with valid receipts.

Please note when planning your journey that you should book the cheapest ticket (economy-class) and the most direct route to the College.

Please also note that we can only reimburse travel expenses for the interviewee. We cannot reimburse travel expenses for plus ones.

Claiming your travel expenses: Step-by-Step

Step One

Please contact our Head of Admissions on to inform us that you will be making a claim before your interview date.

Step Two

On arrival for your interview, a member of the Admissions Team will ask you to complete a Travel Expense Form. Once completed, place the form and any supporting receipts in the envelope provided and hand this back to the Admissions Team.

When completing the form, please ensure that all bank details are correct and clearly written on your Travel Expense Form to avoid any delays in payment. If you are not using your own bank details to receive the reimbursement, please complete the ‘relationship to bank account holder’ section of the form, including the sort code and bank account number of the alternative bank account. Please note, our Finance Department requires this information for audit purposes.

If you are travelling to New College of the Humanities (NCH) from outside of London, we strongly encourage you to purchase return tickets from Trainline. Trainline will email you a copy of your receipt detailing the cost of the transaction and the booking confirmation, enabling easy access and safekeeping of your receipts. Please note that we cannot reimburse travel expenses without receipts.

If you are travelling within London on the London Overground/Underground, you will need to have your Oyster/contactless payment card that is registered with the TFL App on your phone. We are happy to accept screenshots of your travel journey to NCH listed on your app. Alternatively, we are happy to accept TFL paper travel cards and we will ask to photocopy this on the day of your interview as proof of purchase.

Step Three

The University will process your claim and reimburse your expenses within three weeks of you submitting your form, (so long as all information is accurately provided).

If you have any questions regarding this procedure, please contact the Head of Admissions on