New College of the Humanities
Friday 24 February 2012
New College of the Humanities
History: Founded in the summer of 2011 with the participation and advice of some of the world’s top academics, New College of the Humanities is an independent university-level college.
Address: Situated in central London’s effervescent student centre, Bloomsbury.
Ambience: Within easy access of the University of London Union and the exceptional library in Senate House, and just a short walk from many of London’s highlights including Covent Garden, West End Theatre, the British Museum, Regents Park and a huge variety of galleries, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
Vital statistics: NCH students will study towards a University of London degree in Economics, English, History, Law, Philosophy or Politics and International Relations. Students will benefit from weekly one-to-one and smaller group tutorials, ensuring a personal teaching experience. As NCH is smaller than most universities, the student:staff ratio is an impressive 10:1 with a high level of contact hours.
Added value: In addition to a single honours degree, all NCH students study an extra four modules from another degree subject (or Art History, Classical Studies or Psychology) together with three core courses: Applied Ethics; Logic and Critical Thinking; and Science Literacy and finally the NCH professional skills programme. Students are awarded the Diploma of New College of the Humanities to mark this additional study. Module options include the possibility of studying PPE, PPH and PPP options.
Easy to get into? NCH is independent of UCAS which means students can apply there in addition to their usual five choices. All six courses typically require three As at A level or 36 points, including bonus points, at International Baccalaureate, though each application is considered individually.
Glittering alumni: As New College of the Humanities welcomed its first intake in September 2012, its glittering alumni are in the making.
Transport links: Close to Euston Square, Russell Square, Goodge Street and Tottenham Court underground stations. Rail stations nearby include Euston, King’s Cross and St Pancras International. Served by numerous city-wide bus links.
Who's the boss? Master of New College of the Humanities, Professor AC Grayling MA, DPhil (Oxon), FRSL, FRSA is one of Britain’s foremost academics and public intellectuals. He was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London until July 2011. He is also a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford.
Teaching: NCH Professors and academics are international experts in their fields. The Professoriate includes Sir David Cannadine, Richard Dawkins, Niall Ferguson and Steven Pinker to name but a few. The full time academic staff members have been selected for their passion and proven ability for teaching in addition to their research interests.
Nightlife: London’s social life is second to none. The city has a diverse club scene and much of the action is only a short walk away. The social and cultural life on offer is an important part of an education in London, and students at NCH are encouraged to take full advantage of it. A dedicated member of staff is available to help with advice, ticketing, arranging exhibition and gallery visits, and keeping you informed of what is coming up; and to encourage you to take the fullest opportunity to enjoy from it all.
Any accommodation? Plenty of options available. Including, two shared accommodation blocks; one in Tufnell Park and another in Holloway Road, ranging from shared flats to self-contained studio flats. Prices begin at £175 per week inclusive of utility bills and broadband.
Cheap to live there? As with any major city, London can be an expensive place to live. However, NCH have a dedicated support team are on hand to offer help and advice on how to live cost effectively.
Fees: Full fare fees are £18,000 per year.
Bursaries: All applicants regardless of their financial situation are automatically assessed for an Exhibition, which is awarded on academic merit alone. Students awarded an Exhibition will pay £7,200. NCH students are able to apply for Scholarships which cover the full cost of tuition over a full three-year degree course (nil fees). The Scholarships are means tested and will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.
Prospectus: www.nchum.org; 020 7637 4550
UCAS code: N/A
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