Fees & Finance: CertHE - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


CertHE Contemporary Dance & CertHE Contemporary Urban Dance Tuition fees for 2020/21 entry

£8,000** – UK/EU students (1 year full time only)
£16,500 – EEA/International students (1 year full time only)

** Tuition fees for our course may rise in line with inflation, as permitted by law

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


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

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Student Finance

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

Eligible UK and EU students are able to apply for a tuition 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, Tavistock House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9FF
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 – 09/2020
Course End Date – 07/2021
Course Length – 1 year
Course Year – 1
Tuition 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.

Note Regarding EU students for 2019/20
HEFCE welcomes the confirmation from the Government that European Union (EU) students will continue to remain eligible for undergraduate, masters, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in the academic year 2019 to 2020.

Read more about the details of this announcement



Conservatoire of Dance and Drama (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. 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 to determine the level of Scholarship support. In addition, students can apply for income assessments from Student Finance England 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 tuition 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

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

A Registration Fee of £150* is payable with acceptances to offers made on all our courses.

*A reduced Registration Fee of £50 is payable with acceptances from undergraduate applicants who applied for, and met the criteria, for a CDD Audition Fee Waiver.  Full details will be provided within any offer letters that are issued.  Registration fees 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.

A Tuition Fee Deposit of £1500 is payable by undergraduate students paying international fees or those students not obtaining a tuition fee loan through Student Finance England or Wales.  NSCD will require you to pay the deposit by no later than third week of July. The deposit is deducted from the first instalment of your tuition fees. Tuition 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.

Need more information?

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