Fees & Finance: CertHE - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


CertHE Course fees for 2021 entry

On these pages, ‘Home’ applies to nationals from the UK, Ireland and those who have EU Settlement Scheme status.  ‘Overseas’ now applies to nationals of the EU, EEA and Switzerland as well as all other non-UK nationals.

£8,000* – Home students (1 year full time only)
£16,500** – Overseas students (1 year full time only).

* Fees for our courses may rise in line with inflation, as permitted by law

**For 2021 entry NSCD is pleased to announce that we will reimburse the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge (associated with a Student Visa application) upon enrolment.  We will also provide free school meal vouchers for 2021-22 to our ‘overseas’ students.

The School operates a Fee Policy. Please see the Course Fee Policy on the Student Handbook page.


NSCD participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programme

To find NSCD: you can either click ‘foreign schools’ and search city ‘Leeds’ or use our institution number: 042829


Course information

Student Finance

Despite NSCD not accepting applications via UCAS, we are a Higher Education Institution and our Home fee-paying undergraduate students are entitled to the same financial assistance as students at UK Universities. This support includes government-sponsored loans and grants.

Eligible Home fee-paying students are able to apply for a course fee loan to pay for fees and a maintenance loan to contribute towards living costs. Further details regarding eligibility and how to apply can be found at www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance

If you are offered a place after your audition and plan for a student loan, you should provide the following information in the “about your course and university or college” section (section 4) of the application form:

University or College name and address – Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, The Energy Centre Units 1-3, Bowling Green Walk London N1 6AL
UCAS (any section referring to a UCAS number) – n/a
Course Name – Cert HE in Contemporary Dance
Qualification that you expect to gain – Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits at Level 4)
Course Start Date – 09/2021
Course End Date – 07/2022
Course Length – 1 year
Course Year – 1
Course Fees – £8,000
Is the course franchised – Northern School of Contemporary Dance, 98 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 4BH
Course Type – Full Time Undergraduate

Please ensure that the loan has been approved by Student Finance England or its equivalent prior to the start of the course.


Conservatoire of Dance and Drama (CDD) scholarships are only available for Home fee-paying undergraduate students and is based on household income; anyone whose household income is below £25,000 will be eligible for a scholarship. Information about the variety of financial support available for students can be found through the Conservatoire Scholarship Scheme.

How to apply for a CDD scholarship
CDD uses household income data from Student Finance England or its equivalent to determine the level of Scholarship support. In addition, students can apply for income assessments from Student Finance England or its equivalent even if you are not eligible for a loan.

If you are offered a place at NSCD, and chose to accept, the next step will be to apply for your Student Loan for your course fee/maintenance. 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.

If awarded, payment of the Scholarships are paid at the end of each academic year and are subject to continual student attendance on the course.

CDD Audition Fee Waivers

Audition fee waivers are available for UK applicants from low income households who may struggle to find the funds to pay for an audition. Further information about the scheme can be found on our How to Apply pages.

Support for Care Leavers & Estranged Students

Applicants who are in care, foster care or care leavers are also eligible for an audition fee waiver and additional maintenance support. The same support is offered to those who are adopted or estranged from their parents. If this applies to you, make sure to state this in your application.

Associated costs when accepting a place on this course

An Administration Fee of £100* is payable at the point of acceptance to offers made on all our courses. Full details will be provided within any offer letters that are issued.

*A reduced Administration Fee of £50 is payable with acceptances from undergraduate applicants who applied for, and met the criteria, for a CDD Audition Fee Waiver.

A Course Fee Deposit of £1500 is payable by undergraduate students paying overseas fees or those students not obtaining a course fee loan through Student Finance England or its equivalent.  NSCD will require you to pay the deposit at the point of acceptance.  The deposit is deducted from the final instalment of your course fees. Course fee deposits are not normally refundable unless you exercise your right to cancel your contract under the Consumer Contract (Information, Cancellation and Additional Payments) Regulations 2013 within 14 days of submitting the NSCD Acceptance Form.

Living and Accommodation Costs

Many students at NSCD supplement living expenses by undertaking part-time work. This is fairly easy to come by in Leeds, and some work for students is offered by the School itself.

Northern School of Contemporary Dance does not have student accommodation connected to the school but we do facilitate a House Hunting Day and provide support and useful contacts for you to use when arranging your accommodation.

Find out more about Accommodation in Leeds.

Have a question?

For any queries, please contact NSCD Finance department:
T: 0113 219 3037
E: accounts.nscd@nscd.ac.uk