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Students who have elected to study a New College of the Humanities combined honours degree study a degree programme that has been designed and created by the College’s world-class professors and faculty. The courses reflect these academics’ areas of expertise and research interests, meaning that they are strongly engaged with the material that they teach, and there may also be opportunities for students to participate in active research. Like the American liberal arts model, the new combined honours degrees comprise a ‘major’ subject chosen from Economics, English, History, Philosophy or Politics & International Relations, and a complementary ‘minor’ subject.
New College of the Humanities has undergone a review for educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). NCH is subject to educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) under the UK Visas and Immigration’s Tier 4 sponsorship requirements. See www.qaa.ac.uk/educational-oversight for more information. The New College of the Humanities combined honours degree programmes have been developed and are delivered by NCH. These programmes have been validated by Southampton Solent University as being of an appropriate standard and quality and will lead to the Southampton Solent University awards of BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons).
The first step in applying to NCH is to complete and submit our application form online.
After the application has been completed, we contact the referee to request a written reference, along with predicted grades for any future examinations. Once the application is complete, it is passed to the admissions tutor for the applicant’s chosen course who reviews it and decides whether to invite you for an interview.
One of our academic staff meets you for the interview. They will want to find out if you have the intellectual capability, knowledge and passion to flourish in the College’s curriculum. You have plenty of time to ask our admissions advisers any questions, meet with student ambassadors and to take a tour of the Registry.
You are welcome to bring your parents, a friend or other adviser with you, although guests cannot join you for the academic interview.
You are welcome to call +44 (0) 207 637 4550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an update on the progress of your application at any stage in the process.
In the National Student Survey 2019, NCH achieved 100% student satisfaction against an average in England of 84% for 2019.
The survey, published annually, asked 330,000 UK students to rate their experience at college and university. The survey covers areas including teaching, academic support, sense of community, and overall course satisfaction.
NCH’s results exceeded every individual Russell Group institution in overall satisfaction, where it is 11.5 percentage points above the best performing institution in this group.
NCH scored first in the UK for quality of teaching in Economics and Philosophy. In London, NCH has the most satisfied History, Law, Philosophy and Politics undergraduate students. NCH also topped the London list for teaching in Law and Politics at the undergraduate level.
98% of students at NCH also felt they are challenged to achieve their best work, 17 percentage points ahead of the best performing Russell Group university. The College also achieved better results than every member of the Russell Group in 24 out of 27 questions.
After the merging of NCH within Northeastern’s global network, the College will continue to be known as ‘New College of the Humanities (NCH)’, and its formal name will be ‘New College of the Humanities at Northeastern’.
Being a partner in Northeastern’s network will provide the College with wide-ranging support from an experienced, established, and prestigious higher education institution, which will enable us to thrive, evolve and grow, while maintaining our core values. I expect the entire College community to benefit from this merging of our two institutions.
For NCH students, alumni and staff new opportunities can include:
Studying at one of Northeastern’s network of campuses in Boston, Charlotte, Silicon Valley or Seattle in the USA, or Toronto in Canada
Preferred admission to graduate programmes at Northeastern for all NCH graduates achieving a first class or upper second class undergraduate degree
Access to Northeastern’s global network of more than 3,000 employers, which can provide experiential learning opportunities that lead to both personal and professional development
Inter-institutional academic research, collaboration and exchange.
Studying at NCH
The College offers unparalleled access to academic staff selected for their expertise and passion for teaching with one of the best student-to-staff ratios in UK higher education.
Undergraduate students enjoy a varied but integrated range of teaching and learning styles with an average of over 10 full contact hours each week, dedicated to your individual development. The teaching format of each contact hour is selected to ensure the most positive learning outcomes for that particular subject.
The College will offer 56 combined honours undergraduate degrees and a single honours Law LLB from September 2019.
The College Registry, at 19 Bedford Square, WC1B 3HH, houses many of the College’s teaching facilities. Most of your weekly one-to-one and small group tutorials take place in the building’s subject faculty rooms. The Registry also houses seminar rooms in which lectures and seminars take place.
All of our Masters programmes are offered as two-year part-time options.
While we try to make part-time study as flexible as possible, our Master’s programmes are demanding and we advise students that, if they intend to work alongside the course, their work should be flexible in nature.
None of our degree are available to study with a distance-learning element, due to our emphasis on personal discussion-based learning.
The NCH Diploma
All undergraduate students combine their degree studies with the College’s diploma, designed to develop the insights required to lead a fulfilling and successful life. The NCH Diploma offers a rich mix of Core Courses including Applied Ethics, Critical Reasoning and Science Literacy, as well as the LAUNCH, our professional development programme, which teaches students the core skills and behaviours that will give them a head start in the increasingly competitive graduate recruitment market, and that can easily be transferred to any field. The NCH Diploma is awarded to graduates in addition to their degree. It sets them apart from their peers by marking the greater depth of their education.
In a complex and rapidly changing world, the fundamental purpose of education is twofold: to expand and enrich both mind and character, and to make young people fit to deal with the challenges currently unknown and unpredictable, so that they can have fulfilling lives and successful careers. The College’s undergraduate programme has real substance – depth, breadth and relevance for today’s students. The College challenges students academically, encourages them to think, reason and present an argument, as well as giving them skills that will help them embark on the world beyond university.
Taught alongside your undergraduate degree, LAUNCH is a professional development programme designed to give students an understanding of balance sheets, marketing, negotiation, research, statistics and strategy, and help you develop winning behaviours including teamwork, networking and problem-solving, to make you a more desirable applicant in the graduate recruitment market and setting you up for fulfilment and success whatever life and future you seek after graduation.
LAUNCH is designed to prepare undergraduates for the world of work and aims to give you a head start and a competitive edge in finding enjoyable and rewarding work after graduation. We intend it to be stimulating and enjoyable as well as useful.
LAUNCH is taught through seminars, projects and assignments in all three years. In addition there are guest lecturers from both the business sector and public service. The combination of teaching by practitioners, with a one-on-one and small group focus and its development as a result of close collaboration with industry, makes this programme unique in the UK.
Yes, all undergraduate students are required to take the NCH Diploma for the duration of their studies.
Careers and Employability
Preparing for the world beyond NCH is a task all students will face and one that the College takes very seriously. Whether or not you know exactly what career you want, the College’s careers office, works with you on a one-to-one basis to help you explore various careers. They will help you discover what you want to do by promoting self-reflection, focussing on your aptitudes and interests and providing you with individual support and advice, all in a confidential setting. In addition, they can assist you with CV and cover letter preparation, filling out application forms, interview preparation, psychometric testing and everything in between.
In today’s job market and economic climate, networking, work experience and internships have become a vital part of the learning process and student experience. Our careers office guides you on how best to engage in successful networking so as to maximise opportunities in order to gain relevant work experience and obtain internship opportunities during your time here at NCH.
New College of the Humanities graduates have progressed to a truly diverse range of opportunities since our first graduation in 2015. Some of our graduates are in graduate roles or graduate programmes at renowned organisations including Clifford Chance, Deloitte, Deutschebank, Diageo, and Hogan Lovells. Others have progressed to postgraduate study at top institutions including the LSE, UCL, University of Bristol, University of Oxford and SOAS. Some of our graduates are now working full-time on successfully their own enterprises, including End of Moving Walkway (a fringe theatre production company) and Vagabands.
Our typical offer for undergraduate study is AAB at A-level, 35 points or 6,6,5 in the IB Diploma, or the equivalent. However, admissions tutors at NCH don’t just look at exam grades. Instead, we look primarily at you as an individual and your potential to thrive at the College through your personal statement, references and by the interview process.
Students who hold UK, EU or EEA citizenship do not need a visa to study with us.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact an admissions adviser at email@example.com or +44 (0) 20 7637 4550.
We would typically require an IELTS score of 7.0 (including 6.5 in each component). If you need a visa to study in the UK, then we can only accept the IELTS test from a UKVI approved centre and not any other English language tests due to the visa requirements set by the UK Government. English language qualifications must have been obtained within two years before your application to NCH.
EU/EEA students who have taken higher level English as part of their secondary school examinations, or who have been educated entirely in English for a minimum of three years before application, may be exempt from these requirements.
After the admissions team reviews your written application, they will decide whether or not to invite you for interview.
Your interview is your opportunity to experience the environment in which we teach one-to-one tutorials at NCH. Depending on your subject, you will either receive your interview task in advance of your interview day or when you arrive. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about your ‘major’ subject.
After the interview we will let you know, informally, within two weeks if we are going to make you an offer of a place to study.
You can apply to New College of the Humanities as one of your five UCAS choices or through our direct application. If you apply directly, you can still apply to 5 other institutions on UCAS.
Applying via UCAS allows you to complete one application for all of your choices which will save you time. So, if you are considering NCH, we would encourage you to apply via UCAS. On the other hand, a direct application to us allows you to tailor your personal statement to your study at NCH.
Transfers and Mature Students
We welcome applications from intellectually curious, independent thinkers who will flourish studying our academically challenging and broader liberal arts-inspired curriculum, regardless of their age.
Click here to read more about the support available for students returning to education.
If you have completed your first year, and wish to continue in the same course you could transfer to a different university. Rather than starting your course from first year, you can transfer your credits from your first institution to your new one if the courses are compatible. Your transfer will need to comply with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.
You cannot transfer into your third and final year at NCH. This is because we need you to have completed 240 credits with us to allow you to graduate.
Click here to read more about transferring to NCH.
We welcome visits from students wishing to apply to the College and their parents or advisers. You are welcome to bring your parents, a teacher or another adviser or supporter with you to the Open Day.
You can reserve your place on one of our Open Days here.
We welcome students coming into the College for personal consultations, where they cannot make it to an Open Day.
Members of our recruitment and admissions team would be delighted to attend your school or school group HE event or HE fair to speak to your pupils about the College and studying the humanities.
Please contact a member of the admissions team on firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 20 7637 4550 if you would like us to attend your event or fair.