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New College of the Humanities (NCH) is a university-level institution offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in humanities and social sciences, based in Bloomsbury in the heart of London.
Students at NCH study a combined honours degree comprising a ‘major’ subject and a ‘minor’ subject from any two of the following:
They also offer Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) and Philosophy, Politics & History (PPH) combinations, a single honours Law LLB, as well as a Philosophy & Cognitive Science BA.
The College’s unique liberal arts-inspired undergraduate curriculum is taught through one-to-one tutorials and small group tutorials, as well as interactive lectures of no more than 60 students. There is a strong emphasis at the College on the individual and students are encouraged to develop personally and professionally as well as academically.
As well as an extensive list of undergraduate degree programmes created and taught by its award-winning academic faculty, NCH now offers Master’s programmes.
The College believes in teaching students in a way that’s attractive to employers from a wide range of industries. The humanities and social science subjects on offer can be transferred into many skills sets from arts and heritage, finance, law and the public sector, to journalism, publishing and advertising. Many of the College’s graduates have also pursued further study at leading institutions including the University of Oxford, LSE, UCL, and King’s College London. Alumni have also gone on to work for prestigious companies including the BBC, PWC and Barclays.
NCH offers exceptional professional development provisions. As part of the College’s unique curriculum, all students study a professional development programme, LAUNCH, which teaches them to develop winning attitudes and behaviours to excel in any field after graduation, and 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.
Alongside LAUNCH, the college offers bespoke, one-to-one careers guidance on how best to obtain relevant work placements, build an outstanding CV, and interview techniques.
As with the American liberal arts model, the College’s combined honours undergraduate degrees include a major and minor subject. NCH also offers Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) and Philosophy, Politics & History (PPH) combinations, a single honours Law LLB, as well as a Philosophy & Cognitive Science BA.
Undergraduate subjects include:
The one-to-one system of teaching reigns at NCH, although other methods of teaching are utilised too, including small group tutorials and interactive lectures. Students benefit from one of the best staff-to-student ratios in UK higher education, and smaller class sizes allow everyone the chance to participate and thrive. All degree programmes at undergraduate level are accompanied by the college’s compulsory diploma. This is a rich mix of core courses including Applied Ethics, Critical Reasoning, Science Literacy, and LAUNCH, the College’s innovative professional development programme, and is designed to complement and enrich each student’s main degree. The diploma is a unique combination of subjects and disciplines that cannot be studied anywhere else in the world. It is awarded to NCH graduates in addition to their degree, and sets them apart from their peers by marking the greater depth of their education at university level.
Students at NCH are represented by a very active student union, the NCHSU, responsible for student engagement, developing self-sufficiency within the student body and developing the College’s social hub. The NCHSU is run by eight democratically elected union officers.
The union also organises numerous clubs and societies as well as events including balls and parties every term.
The college recommends selected independently-owned accommodation options to suit a range of budgets, all within a short distance of the college and boasting excellent security features and good facilities. These include Scape Bloomsbury (less than 10 minutes’ walk away), Mannequin House and International Students’ House.
Prices at the halls start at around £165 per week.
The College’s main building (known as The Registry) is located in leafy Bloomsbury in central London, in a Grade I listed, five-storey Georgian townhouse. This is where most teaching and administrative facilities are located.
The Mews is home to the College’s ‘chill out’ areas, including the Junior Common Room (JCR) and a student study room. Students have access to both the Senate House Library and British Library and the College’s own extensive collection both at The Registry and in a dedicated NCH reading room inside Senate House Library.
The College holds the keys to a private garden opposite its main building and students are welcome to use the student union facilities at Student Central. These include many clubs and societies as well as an exercise suite and 33-metre swimming pool.
The College is located in the heart of central London. This means you have direct access to one of the world’s greatest cities. Along with incredible restaurants, amazing bars and super clubs, the UK’s capital is home to some of Europe’s leading art galleries and museums.
At the New College of the Humanities you’re at the epicentre of everything going on in the city. From the Houses of Parliament to Trafalgar Square, you are perfectly placed to experience London’s top attractions.
Explore the city’s extensive public transport network or take a cruise down the Thames. Whatever you decide to do the list of possibilities won’t disappoint.
The college is home to many clubs and societies including:
The College is happy to fund any new ideas too if students can’t find a club or society that suits their interests.
In addition to NCH societies, students at the College are able to participate in a huge array of clubs and societies, as well as events such as pub crawls, club nights, parties and balls, run by Student Central for students across the whole of London, including:
The College is absolutely committed to providing best-in-class student support. As well as the individual tutorage offered to students, support staff are on hand to help with students with disabilities, support with mental health issues, sexual health issues and to advise on money management.
The College’s website is full of very useful links to help students through their time as undergraduates too.
UK, EU and EEA students per year: £9,250
Most students from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as EU nationals can apply for a tuition fee loan of £9,250 from Student Finance.
International Students per year: £14,000
NCH offers a select number of highly prestigious scholarships to recognise exceptional academic potential and achievements. These awards are worth up to £2,000 per year towards the NCH London tuition fees. Their Admissions team automatically considers all applicants for a scholarship award.
The College offers a unique liberal arts-inspired curriculum offering an extraordinary breadth of subjects with an intensive depth of study through the one-to-one tutorial method. It boasts some of the most outstanding academics in the world on its staff.
The typical offer from NCH is AAB at A-Level, 35 points or 6,6,5 in HL subjects in the IB Diploma, or the equivalent. However, the college does not make strict rules about this, and looks at the potential of each applicant to flourish studying the college’s unique liberal arts-inspired curriculum.
The college places utmost importance on interviewing all promising candidates. The interview is not designed to be a test of what you know but, rather, how you think – and most candidates thoroughly enjoy the experience.UCAS TARIFF CALCULATOR
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