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New College of the Humanities

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Quick facts:

  • Students rate NCH better than Russell Group universities according to the National Student Survey (NSS 2018) with a 93% score for student satisfaction
  • Located 15 minutes from St Pancras International station
  • Option of studying part of your degree in the USA

New College of the Humanities is based in Bloomsbury, in the heart of academic London and is situated within a short walking distance from Russell Square and St Pancras International train station. With only 210 students, NCH offers a very personalised approach to higher education.

Furthermore, New College of the Humanities is a member of the Northeastern University’s global network ( giving NCH students the possibility to study in the United States.

Introduction to Undergraduate Study at NCH London

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Unique teaching model at New College of the Humanities (NCH)

With the first students being welcomed in September 2012, New College of the Humanities has since evolved into a prestigious university-level college offering a unique form of teaching. Taking a page out of Oxbridge’s book, students at NCH benefit from a tutorial system with weekly personalised one-to-one tutorials as well as small-group seminars and lectures with a maximum number of 20 students. The tutorials focus on a ‘flipped-learning’ technique whereby the students’ coursework is the class content, encouraging students to refine and build on their essay with the aid of NCH staff.

Study options at NCH

Major/Minor programmes

NCH offers ‘major/minor’ degree programmes, allowing students to select one major course and to combine it with a complementary ‘minor’ course from the following subjects; Art, History, Economics, English, Law, Philosophy or Politics and International Relations. Creative writing is also offered as a minor degree programme. The major subject makes up 75% of the degree programme whilst the minor subject represents the remaining 25%. The possibility of taking a major/minor degree programme is perfect for students with a broad range of interest in the humanities.

NCH also offers the classic degree courses – PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and PPH (Philosophy, Politics and History). These courses are broken down into one 50% major subject and two 25% minor subjects.

The NCH degree

All NCH students graduate with two awards: their chosen bachelor’s degree and the NCH diploma.

This diploma is unique to NCH and is split into two sections; 50% of the diploma focuses on LAUNCH, an innovative professional development programme focusing on skills such as project management, teamwork, entrepreneurship and financial management. The other 50% is made up of 3 courses; critical reasoning, science literacy and applied ethics. LAUNCH includes 3 major projects; a brief with a client, testing a business plan and building a website.

The NCH Diploma aims to provide its students with transferable skills that prepare them for life post-university.

Life at New College of the Humanities

There are multiple student accommodation options in London available for students with a range of budgets. NCH recommends living in student halls or shared accommodation in order to fully experience student-life in the capital.

NCH boasts five student halls, offering a range of rooms with amazing transport links to the university. With a 24h reception, a large common room, self-catering kitchens and a comfortable TV lounge, students will soon settle into student life in London. Furthermore, security staff are on-site during the evenings and weekends in order to ensure the utmost safety for NCH students. NCH also offers accommodation for postgraduate students with 3 halls of residence in central London. Students who choose to live outside of halls will also receive support from the NCH student support team to find accommodation in London.

N.B. Be sure to sign up early for halls as there are limited places!

London has been named the fifth best city worldwide in which to study by QS Best Student Cities 2016. Alongside London’s “world-class” facilities and its links with businesses and the professionals, the city was also commended as “one of the planet’s great centres of culture and creativity”.

New College of the Humanities is based in Bloomsbury, an intellectual and literary hub of London situated close to the British Museum as well as Oxford Street, Covent Garden and the theatres of the West End – a perfect location for students!

NCH offers a variety of student societies and students have the possibility of setting up their own society with the help of the Student’s Union’s guidance and funding. Upon purchasing the Associate Membership of Student Central, students have access to sports societies, online tickets and bars situated in other London colleges.

Applying to New College of the Humanities

Applications to New College of the Humanities are made via UCAS, a centralised system used by all British universities. Study experience is specialised in accompanying and advising students throughout the application process. Students that meet the entry requirements will be invited to an interview with an NCH academic.

The deadline for applications is the 15th of January of each year for entry in September. Complete applications must include a CV , an officially translated transcript of your  French Bac results, your IELTS test results and a personal statement. The Study Experience team assists many students in the writing of their personal statement and directs them towards the most relevant IELTS preparation program according to their level and needs. In terms of English language requirements, New College of the Humanities requires a 7.0 IELTS score including a 6.5 in each component.

To apply, you must have an average of at least 15/20 on your baccalaureate, with a score of 15 in English if it is your first foreign language (LV1). Students with an Option International du Baccalauréat (OIB) need an overall score of 14, again with a score of 15 in English.

N.B In order to study the Economics major, students must have strong grades in mathematics.

Yearly tuition fees at New College of the Humanities are £9250 per year for all undergraduate degrees and postgraduate tuition fees vary between £8,000-£10,000.

For more information on New College of the Humanities or to apply, contact a member of the Study Experience team.

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