Student Services - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

NSCD’s Student Services department is a one stop shop for all students, and aims to be students’ first point of call for all enquiries. These enquiries may range from timetabling, accommodation, safeguarding and attendance.


Student Services coordinates the six areas of student support:

  • Personal tutorials
  • Learner support
  • English language support
  • Injury support
  • Health and wellbeing support
  • Healthy Dancer Programme

The Student Services office is located in the main reception area and operate a one stop shop, where students can arrange access to the above support.

Students can also use Student Services as a drop in for when they need immediate support. Our Student Services staff are available to offer general listening support and can signpost students to further help and assistance.

Personal Tutorials

Whilst students have academic tutorials scheduled into curriculum time, they can also book additional academic tutorials and pastoral tutorials with almost any NSCD staff member through Moodle the Virtual Learning Environment. This allows students time with any member of staff they wish rather than being restricted to one personal tutor.

Learner Support

All students entering a course at NSCD will be assessed for dyslexia and dyspraxia to identify those who may require support to gain equal access to the curriculum; this can be through one-to-one or group sessions.

Support for students with a disability
Applicants are encouraged to disclose a disability to the staff at NSCD from the point of application. If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss before you apply you can contact the School. Any information that you do raise will be treated in confidence and will only be discussed with other members of staff with your permission. Find out more about support for disabled students from the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama

Disabled Students Allowance
If you are offered a place at Northern School of Contemporary Dance we can also help you apply for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), where appropriate, and help you arrange any specialist support you may be entitled to. This can help cover the cost of specialist equipment necessary for your studies, including software and study skills tuition. Unlike a student loan DSA does not have to be repaid. Applications are made through your awarding body, for example Student Finance England. In order to apply for DSA the awarding body will require evidence of any impairment or disability.

Non-Medical Helper rates are available to view here: NMH Rates 201920

Guidelines on Inclusive Practice
The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama has developed guidelines on inclusive practice and alternative forms of assessment for students with specific learning difficulties, including examples of good practice from the Conservatoire schools. You can view the guidelines below:
CDD Guidelines on Inclusive Practice and Alternative Forms of Assessment

English Language Support

English Language (EL) support is provided to all NSCD students who do not have English as their first language to enable them to fully access the course.

The first key point of support is the pre-induction week ‘Orientation Days’ which are designed to support students in ‘settling-in’ to the culture and language. These days are also used to assess their language support needs, i.e. conversation, grammar comprehension which will dictate the content of the weekly EL support sessions over term 1. Students from different country groups often have very different needs and therefore the sessions must be designed to address these areas.

All sessions are bespoke to NSCD students to be course related whilst meeting their language needs. For example, a typical session might include a listening comprehension, vocabulary focus and discussion around an interview with a choreographer. Related written assignments are also set with 1:1 feedback.

During terms 2 & 3 (Access & BA1) group sessions are replaced by 1:1 support in relation to the main written assignment for the year.

Final year/MA students often require support with their research project submissions, teaching module submissions and further learning/career applications and CVs.

Health and Wellbeing

We are committed to promoting mental health and wellbeing.

Students at NSCD can access mental health support online via Togetherall, and in person through our dedicated Health and Wellbeing Coordinator.

NSCD students going through a tough time can access free online support with Togetherall. Whether you’re struggling to sleep, feeling low, stressed or unable to cope, Togetherall provides a safe, anonymous space to get things off your chest and learn how to manage your mental health.

You will have access to a 24/7 online community and professional support from trained counsellors. To join, go to and sign up under ‘organisation’ with your School email address.

In School, the Health & Wellbeing Coordinator oversees our wellbeing offer which provides various types of in house and external NHS and private professional support. Good mental health is essential in order for students to get the most from their training and our quick access triage service will see any student who needs emotional support within 3 weeks.

This triage appointment is used to identify immediate risk and ongoing support needs. From here students can access various services including counselling and ongoing regular emotional support. Appointments for counselling are much quicker than NHS referrals and the service is free to all students. The number of sessions offered depends on individual need but there is provision for all students to access this support.

We have specialist disordered eating approach that has been developed, all students have access to this as it is well reported that a dancer’s well-being is closely linked to their body/ self-image.

Injury support staff also work closely with Wellbeing staff to ensure the emotional side of injury is picked up and addressed. Students who may be struggling with pain or an inability to participate fully in their studies can be offered psychological coping strategies alongside their physical therapy.

Injury Support

The School has an injury rehabilitation provision to help students better understand and recover from injury and/or, prevent them from developing chronic injuries. Along with in-house Injury Support Sessions, Integrative Bodywork classes and gym area, the School works in collaboration with local osteopathy, physiotherapy, acupuncture and massage providers. All students are provided with guidance on nutrition and fitness. We also offer help and support in finding a local GP and other NHS services.

Find out more about injury support

Healthy Dancer Activity

Healthy Dancer activities are blended into the timetable to offer alternative technique classes, seminars and workshops to supplement and inform training whilst providing a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.

Healthy Dancer activities are scheduled periodically to support the curriculum and the student, this provides the opportunity to try new things, focus on their well-being and a positive approach to support their training. Previous Healthy Dancer activities have included workshops on Shiatsu massage, Rolfing, Feldenkrais, Skinner Releasing Technique, Alexander Technique, Yoga, Experimental drawing, Reflexology & foot massage, Mindful Relaxation.

Student Accommodation

NSCD facilitates a House Hunting Day and provides support and useful contacts for you to use when arranging your accommodation.

As the majority of our students live in shared housing, NSCD uses the services of Unipol, a student housing charity, who accredit all our recommended student housing using the Unipol code.

Should you prefer not to live in shared housing, there are many halls of residence in Leeds available due to the number of Universities and colleges in the city.

Find out about Student accommodation

Student Handbook

The Student Handbook contains all the information you need to know about being a student at NSCD.

View the Student Handbook