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Studying at NCH

We offer an outstanding intellectual experience and undergraduate education, incorporating a broader, liberal arts syllabus and professional development, delivered through small group and one-to-one teaching by academic staff, committed to helping students to achieve their academic, personal and professional potential.  NCH is the most exciting innovation in UK higher education for many years. Read more.

The College’s broad curriculum and intensive approach to learning is of particular interest to students whose interests and talents span different subject areas and issues; those who have curious, questioning minds and a thirst for knowledge; and those who may have studied the IB Diploma or a variety of A-levels.

Around 60 per cent of people at the top of their professions in various industries – including CEOs of FTSE 100 companies, top creative industries, professional services organisations and MPs – studied arts, humanities and social science degrees. Humanities and social sciences graduates do well in their careers because many of their skills translate directly to the capabilities you need to perform at a high level in the professional world: intellectual curiosity, building an argument (and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of contrary positions), presenting in a compelling and persuasive manner, understanding how relationships determine outcomes, synthesising large volumes of data and, critically, valuing creativity and understanding the value that it can create. This is why humanities graduates find success in so many industries including media, law, healthcare, accountancy and finance, public administration, civil service and defence, retail, education, business and management, and the arts.

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 13 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.

In a one-to-one tutorial the tutor engages critically with you, entering into your individual point of view and working with you to clarify, challenge, defend and develop your arguments and ideas. Undergraduate students prepare an essay for every one-to-one tutorial related to one of the degree modules you are studying during that term. The essay is the basis of the discussion with the tutor. This form of intellectual engagement is considered to be the gold standard for identifying and drawing out a student’s potential.

The College Registry is located at 19 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3HH.

By air If you are flying in to London Heathrow, you can take the Underground (Piccadilly Line, eastbound) to Russell Square station. You can walk the 700 metres to the Registry or take a taxi. If you fly into Gatwick, you can take the Gatwick Express to Victoria station. From Victoria station, you can take the Victoria line northbound and change at Warren Street onto the Northern line southbound to Goodge Street, or you can take a taxi. There are also taxi ranks at both Heathrow and Gatwick airports, but please be aware that a taxi into central London will cost in excess of £50 from Heathrow and £70 from Gatwick.

By train The nearest mainline train stations are King’s Cross/St. Pancras (which is served by Eurostar) and Euston. The College is a 15 to 20 minute walk. If you prefer to take the tube, it’s two minutes on the Piccadilly line from King’s Cross/St Pancras to Russell Square or three minutes on the Northern line from Euston to Goodge Street station. There are also taxi ranks outside each of the stations.

By tube Bedford Square is centrally located and surrounded by tube stations. The nearest stations are Goodge Street (Northern Line), Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern lines) and Russell Square (Piccadilly line). Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road stations are located approximately five minutes’ walk from the College.

By bus Bedford Square is well served by bus routes. The following buses stop within 200 metres of the College: 1, 7, 8, 14, 19, 24, 25, 29, 38, 55, 73, 98, 134, 176, 134 and 390.

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.

We are delighted that students studying an NCH degree are eligible for student loans from the Student Loans Company.

Students who have resided in the UK, EU, EEA or Switzerland for the three years before starting their first undergraduate degree may be eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan for the full ‘home’ tuition fee of £9,250 from Student Finance.

Permanent residents of England, and EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for three years or more before their course starts can also apply for a maintenance loan or grant; the amount of loan or grant you receive will vary due to household income. You can use these to pay for accommodation and living costs such as transportation and food.

Degrees & 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.

The College will offer 56 combined honours undergraduate degrees and a single honours Law LLB from September 2019.

LAUNCH & careers

LAUNCH is one of the innovative features of the New College of the Humanities education.

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 also offers a series of informal lectures called My Beautiful Career, during which students get the opportunity to meet with working professionals from many different fields in an intimate small group setting. This is not just the perfect opportunity for you to discover more about different career paths you may choose, but it’s also useful experience of socialising and networking with working professionals. It is through the My Beautiful Career seminars that NCH looks to inspire you for the world of work.

The blend of LAUNCH with the unique NCH undergraduate curriculum is not seen anywhere else at any university in the UK. LAUNCH is a cornerstone of the innovative educational experience offered at NCH and the perfect complement to your academic studies.

Yes, all undergraduate students at the College are required to undertake LAUNCH.

The programme was inspired by research conducted by the CBI (Confederation of British Industry), which identified the gap between the level of employability of many UK graduates and the needs of employers.

It develops the basic capabilities essential for a wide range of different professions, including writing and presenting, numeracy and financial literacy, problem solving, the impact of technology, negotiation, self-management and working in teams.

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.

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.


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. Written work samples and references are critical for assessing each applicant’s potential to flourish in our rigorous academic environment. We also place great importance on meeting candidates directly through Open Days and interviews with senior academic staff.

Typically we look for A*A*A* to AAB, however, if you are inspired by the idea of studying the unique liberal arts-inspired undergraduate programme offered at NCH, we encourage you to apply to us.

We welcome applications from pupils studying the IB Diploma. The College’s curriculum reflects the broader syllabus studied through the International Baccalaureate Diploma hexagon and provides the opportunity for students to continue studying a variety of disciplines. This breadth of study serves to complement the depth of the degree subject itself and further develops the set of critical enquiry skills for which the Theory of Knowledge content of the IB provides a foundation.

We typically look for 35 points including core points from IB students. However, we may consider applications from applicants who have fewer points but have good academic potential because we recognise the high level of academic achievement required to succeed in the broad IB curriculum and we are impressed by current students who studied the IB.

Also, our admissions tutors don’t just look at exam grades. Instead, we look primarily at you as an individual and your potential to thrive at the College. References are critical for assessing each applicant’s potential to flourish in our rigorous academic environment. We also place great importance on meeting candidates directly through Open Days and interviews with senior academic staff.

If you believe that you have the academic potential to thrive at NCH, even if you feel that your IB results do not reflect your ability, don’t miss out on your opportunity for an exceptional undergraduate experience.

Students who hold UK, EU or EEA citizenship do not need a visa to study with us.  You can find more information to help you determine if you need a student visa on the UK Visas and Immigration website. You can also find information on our international students page.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact an admissions adviser at or +44 (0) 20 7637 4550.

If English is not your first language, we may require you to take a test in English language such as IELTS. Please contact us for further information.

The College is part of UCAS, and you may apply via – our provider number is N53. Alternatively you may apply directly to the College, making NCH an extra choice. The advantage of applying directly is that you may then choose NCH in addition to your five UCAS choices. There is no fee for applying directly to NCH.

We operate a rolling admissions process, but places to study at the College and financial awards are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend, therefore, that students apply early to have the greatest chance of a scholarship and bursary.

We aim to advise students whether they will be offered a place to study at the College within two weeks of the date of their interview.

Our admissions advisers are dedicated to ensuring that each application is processed swiftly.

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.

A formal offer pack follows some weeks after this. The offer pack contains information on the conditions of your offer, including whether you have been offered an academic scholarship.

We also have a ‘buddy’ system here at New College of the Humanities. If you agree to be part of this system, we pair you with one of our current students who will contact you so you can ask them any questions you have about student life.

Your buddy is a friendly face when you arrive at NCH and is here to help you throughout your time with us.

Your contact in the admissions team will advise you when to expect your offer pack when they email you to let you know, informally, about your offer.

If you apply after June, you will receive your offer pack on an ad hoc basis, normally within a few weeks of being informally alerted about your offer. Again, the admissions team will advise when you should expect your pack.

Yes. Regardless of whether you already hold your examination results or if you are currently studying for your Level 3 qualifications (IB, A-Levels, Pre-U), we do need to see a copy of your original exam certificate before you register as a student.

If you are currently studying for your examinations, please ensure you call us with your results as soon as you have these – regardless of your offer, we still need to have this information.

Freshers’ preparation

In the first instance, contact the member of the admissions team you’ve been in touch with. They’ll either be able to answer your query, or will be able to ask the appropriate person to respond.

You can also contact the student support office via or call the office on +44 (0) 20 7637 4550.

Yes. You will receive a reading list and a summer assignment from your faculty. Both will contain instructions regarding what preparation is required, as it varies from subject to subject.

Yes. There is a Facebook group that we’ll add you to once you’ve accepted your offer. Of course, you’ll also have your buddy, who can answer any queries you have about student life.

A lot. This is a very important week, and not just socially. You will receive information from student support staff, from your faculty and from the NCH Student Union, all of which will be vital in helping you throughout your time at NCH.

Of course, Freshers’ Week is also a time to meet all your new classmates, to start to create friendships and to have the traditional fun and frolics. The week will culminate in the Matriculation Ball, where you formally become a member of New College of the Humanities.

You can find out all about our clubs and societies here. There will be a Student Central Freshers’ Fair during Freshers’ Week when you can sign up to any that appeal. If you think there’s something missing, you can always set up a new club or society. Contact Emma Norman at for more information on how to do so.

School Visits & Open Days

We can offer a number of opportunities for a member of our staff to visit your school including a sixth-form talk on ‘Why study the humanities?’ or a subject specific talk to a class or society. Find out more about these opportunities from the school outreach page here or register for an Open Day.

Members of our 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 or +44 (0) 20 7637 4550 if you would like us to attend your event or fair.

Members of our 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 or +44 (0) 20 7637 4550 if you would like us to attend your event or fair.

We welcome visitors to the College. Please contact an admissions adviser on +44 (0) 207 637 4550 or via email on to make an appointment.

We welcome visits from students wishing to apply to the College and their parents or advisers. An Open Day is an opportunity to find out more about NCH and meet some of our professors, academics, current students and support staff. You are welcome to bring your parents, a teacher or another adviser or supporter with you to the Open Day. Please find the dates of our next Open Days here.

Like the College, our Open Days are small and personal so we ask you to contact us on or +44 (0) 20 7637 4550 to reserve your place.

We welcome groups of pupils accompanied by their teachers to attend one of our Open Lectures, which are held throughout the year.

These sessions usually include pupils participating in a workshop with one of our academics, refreshments and then a lecture from a member of the professoriate alongside the College’s students. They provide an opportunity to experience what might be like to study a particular subject at university and to meet students and staff at the College. Please find dates of forthcoming Open Lectures here.

You can download a PDF of our prospectus here, or contact us on+44 (0) 207 637 4550 and ask to speak to an admissions adviser if you would like to receive printed copies of our prospectus.