New College of the Humanities


History: Founded in the summer of 2011 by the philosopher A.C. Grayling with the participation and advice of some of the world’s top academics, New College of the Humanities is a private undergraduate college.

Address: Situated in central London’s effervescent student centre, Bloomsbury, in Bedford Square.

Ambience: Within 200m of the the exceptional library in Senate House and the British Museum, and just a short walk from the University of London Union and many of London’s highlights including Covent Garden, West End Theatre, Regents Park and a huge variety of galleries, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Who's the boss? Master of New College of the Humanities, Professor A.C. Grayling is one of Britain’s foremost academics and public intellectuals.

Prospectus: 020 7637 4550 or order/download one here.

UCAS code: N/A

What you need to know

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 and admissions tutors look beyond grades using written work samples, references and interviews to assess whether a student has the potential to flourish at the college.

Vital statistics: NCH students study towards a University of London degree in economics, English, history, law, philosophy or politics and international relations.

Added value: In addition to a single honours degree, all NCH students study an extra eight modules. This is comprised of four modules from another degree subject (or art history, classical studies or psychology) together with three core modules: applied ethics; logic and critical thinking; and science literacy, and finally the Professional Programme. Students graduate with the dual award of a University of London single honours degree and the NCH Diploma to mark this additional study. Module options include the possibility of studying PPE and PPH options.

Teaching: NCH Professors and academics are international experts in their fields. The Professoriate includes Sir David Cannadine, Richard Dawkins, Niall Ferguson, Rebecca Goldstein and Steven Pinker to name but a few. Students 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 better than10:1 with a high number of quality contact hours.

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 £162.93 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.

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.

Fees: Full-fare fees are a whopping £17,640 per year, almost twice the maximum fee of £9,000 charged by publicly funded universities.

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 £6,840 per year. Scholarships which cover the full cost of tuition over a full three-year degree course (nil fees) are means-tested and will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.

The fun stuff

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. The students' union run regular bar nights in the JCR as well as a variety of social events including movie nights and balls.

Sporting reputation: Excellent facilities at the University of London Union, including the largest swimming pool in Central London. A range of sporting activities will become available as more students join the college, with training venues including Regents Park. Sporty students will then be able to compete in university leagues. Keen rugby players- Wasps have agreed to let you train with them.

Glittering alumni: As New College of the Humanities welcomed its first intake in September 2012, its glittering alumni are in the making.