New Starters 2018/19

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Important dates for your diary

  • June-August 2018: Please send any outstanding entry qualifications to
  • July- August 2018: A short pre-enrolment on-line form, to collect the final data items from you (i.e emergency contact details), will be posted here in mid-July for completion by end of August.  This will enable us to pre-fill your enrolment form for you which you can then check an sign when you arrive.
  • You are welcome to view the Student Handbook 201718 in advance of  your enrolment and can view NSCD policy on dance wear, attendance and more here (pdf)
  • Wednesday 5th September 2018: Enrolment and Induction for MA Contemporary Dance Performance (VERVE). More information to follow in July.
  • Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th September 2018: Orientation Days (for students new to the UK only): Students who are joining us from outside the UK are invited to attend these 2 additional days to help you settle in and learn about the English language support that will be available to you.  Please arrive for a 10am start and you will finish mid-afternoon each day.  You will not need your dancewear on these days. More information to follow in July.
  • Monday 10th September 2018: Enrolment and Induction Week for Access to Higher Education Diploma: Contemporary Dance, BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary), MA Dance & Creative Enterprise & any MA Contemporary Dance Performance (PAS) students who are not on placement.  The Induction week schedule will be posted here in late July.  You will need to be available all day Mon to Friday from 10th September.

The Access & BA 2018-19 Term Dates are available here and the MA Courses 2018-19 Term Dates are available here.


Information about accommodation for NSCD students can be found here.

If you have decided that you want to live in a halls of residence we recommend that you apply for a room (by completing their application form) at any point from now.  This will require payment of a non-refundable deposit.

Please click on the following link to view the UNIPOL presentation given at our House Hunting Day: House Hunting talk 2018 NSCD

New starters Facebook group

There are 2 separate groups for undergraduate and postgraduate students for you to get to know one another and discuss accommodation plans.  Unipol will also post accommodation information, including property profiles, for you to view.

Invitations have been sent to all new students and to parents/carers of students who are under 18 .

Please contact Admissions with any questions at

Tier 4 (General) Student Visa Information (for international students)

Full information about your Tier 4 (General) Student Visa is available in the NSCD Tier 4 (General) Student Visa Information (pdf).  It is essential that you read the complete document and contact if you have any questions.

Important dates

  • Your course fee deposit payment of £1,500 towards your 2018-19 tuition fee will be required by 15th July. You will be sent an email about how to make this payment.
  • The earliest that you can apply for your visa is 3 months before the course start date of Wednesday 5th September (Day 1 for postgraduate students and Orientation day 1 for undergraduate students).
  • NSCD will process your documents for your visa application from week commencing Monday 18th June 2018 onwards in order to issue you a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies) reference number. You are asked to send us any entry qualifications by this date but because your bank statement must not be older than 31 days when you apply (and be the same document that we, NSCD, approved) please do not send this to us earlier than Monday 18th June 2018.

Finance Information: Access to Higher Education Diploma: Contemporary Dance

Bursary Information

Each year NSCD distributes a number of Bursary Awards to students who have to live away from home to complete the course.  Depending on your age the bursaries fall into different categories and the amount awarded for each of these bursaries is based on household income.

In recent years students with a verified family income below £25,000 have been awarded approximately £70 per week in term time to help meet their living expenses and smaller awards were made to students with family incomes up to £50,000.

Further information and the Residential Bursary application form are available (Please ensure that you scroll down the page).

Please contact Accounts with any fees and finance questions at

Finance Information: BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary)

UK & EU students who are applying for a Student Loan, through the Student Finance Company, should view the information if you haven’t done so already; it provides key information that you will need in your Student Loan Application. (Please ensure that you scroll down the page).

If you wish to be considered for a CDD Scholarship please view the information here CDD scholarships are only available for UK and EU undergraduate degree students and is based on household income; anyone whose household income is below £42,875 will be eligible for a scholarship.

How to apply for a CDD scholarship

When you apply for your Student Loan for your tuition fee/maintenance loan you will be asked if you give consent for your information to be shared. Your carer/parent/s will also be asked if they give their consent for information to be shared when they submit their financial information to the Student Finance Company.  If you both give your ‘consent to share’ CDD/NSCD will be able to view the information required to automatically assess you for a scholarship and you would not need to do anything further.  CDD/NSCD will later inform you of the outcome of the scholarship allocation.

Please contact Accounts with any fees and finance questions at

Finance Information: MA Contemporary Dance Performance (VERVE/PAS) & MA Dance & Creative Enterprise

UK & EU students should view the information here if you haven’t done so already. (Please ensure that you scroll down the page).

Can we also remind you that a deposit payment of £1,500 towards your 2018-19 tuition fee will be required of all self tuition fee paying postgraduate students* by 01/06/2018.  NSCD will send you an invoice for this, with payment details, 1 month before the payment date.

*Postgraduate students who are making an application for a postgraduate student loan are exempt from this course fee deposit if you are able to provide proof that your loan application has been approved by the Student Finance Company.  We have been informed that the postgraduate student loan applications do not open until early June so please forward your confirmation to Accounts (email below) as soon as you are able to but by the end of July at the latest (it can take between 6-8 weeks to be processed).

Please contact Accounts with any fees and finance questions at