New Starters 2021 Entry - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

New Starters 2021 Entry

We look forward to welcoming you to the NSCD community.

All key information will be posted here over the coming weeks and months, so please return to this page for updates. Last updated on 15 July 2021.

We will email you with any critical information that requires action from you.

The start date for all new students starting their course at NSCD is Monday 13 September 2021 .  This first week will be an Induction Week which will include sessions to introduce you to NSCD and your course (see section below for full details).  All students will then return on Monday 20 September when the standard timetable will commence.


A safe environment to study in

On 4 May we were visited by the NHS for a COVID site inspection. This is what they had to say about our facilities:

“The Northern School of Contemporary Dance is maintained to an exceptionally high standard throughout. The school’s facilities team and other staff members have gone above and beyond in their protocols, procedures and risk assessments. This is a well-run school with motivated and friendly staff who are putting the safety of everyone in the school as a priority.

The staff should be highly commended on their efforts here…once a class has finished the floor and the studio is cleaned and disinfected before the next bubble is allowed in. Hand sanitizers, disinfectants and wipes are readily available around the school. The whole school team are making fantastic efforts to keep up to date on the latest protocols and implementing them efficiently across the school.”

Frequently asked questions

What do I need to do next?

Submit your entry requirement conditions as listed in full in your offer letter, and summarised below, using the following online form:

> NSCD Entry Requirement Submissions 2021 Entry

Please submit these as soon as you are able to, although we acknowledge many of you will not receive results until July/August. As soon as we receive your entry requirement conditions we will issue your Unconditional Offer Letter.  At this stage we will also provide a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) for those who require a Student Route Visa.

    • Your Academic entry qualifications (transcript or certificate) – please use the correct box for your course/level qualifications
    • IF English is not your first language submit your English language requirements (transcript or certificate translated to English). See our Overseas Students page for our English Entry Requirements.
    • IF you will require a Student Route Visa, please submit your financial evidence that you have sufficient funds available to pay your course fees and support yourself in the UK for 1 academic year.  See NSCD-Student-Visa-Information-1.pdf

Please email us at if you have any further questions.

What is the latest information about course delivery in 2021-22?

06 August 2021 – In light of the government setting out new regulations for study in September around lifting of restrictions for COVID, please read Covid Guidelines September 2021.

03 June 2021 – A letter from NSCD Vice Principal, Darren Carr: 2021 Course Delivery Letter to new starters 3rd June 2021


April 2021 – A message from NSCD Vice Principal, Darren Carr:

I would like to take this opportunity to re-assure you and your families that NSCD is doing everything it possibly can to put the safety of our students at the heart of everything we do.

The UK is making tremendous progress with its vaccine programme. It is the UK government’s aim that by September 2021 the majority of the country will have received at least their first dose, and many of those most at risk will have had a second dose, of one of the Covid vaccines. We are working with public health authorities to follow strict guidelines which have already enabled us to open our buildings to students again from 8 March 2021.

It is our plan for the school to be open as usual in September with students and staff continuing to work together to ensure that all who enter the building are safe and comfortable.”


How do I join the NSCD Accommodation Facebook Group?

We will be sending out invitations to join this group from 1 June 2021.  The purpose of the group is for you to:

  • View information about finding accommodation provided by UNIPOL
  • View links to available properties (these will mainly be posted after the NSCD and Unipol Student Homes House Hunting Tips Session; see details in the next section)
  • Connect with current NSCD student representatives who will share their own experience and insight
  • Connect with other students who will be starting a course in September 2021.

Please note that this Facebook Group will be monitored by NSCD and UNIPOL for relevant and appropriate content.  It should be noted that there will be some under 18’s within this group.

How can I find accommodation?

Online Presentation and Q&A

You are invited to join the online NSCD and Unipol Student Homes House Hunting Tips Session on Saturday 19 June 2021 @ 12:00 midday BST.  This will involve a presentation followed by a Q&A session which you can attend from your own location. Parents/carers are welcome to join you at this session.

Zoom link: the link will be posted on the NSCD Accommodation Facebook Group from when this group goes live from 1 June.  If you do not wish to join the Facebook Group then please email  and we will send you the link via email.


Viewing and securing your accommodation

We recommend waiting until after the above presentation to view and secure your accommodation so that you have the full information and details of which properties are available. You may choose to make your own arrangements to visit properties in person on a date convenient to you by making appointments to view the properties you are interested in.  Or, for many of our overseas students, you may wish to secure your property online.


Tours of NSCD available

If you are visiting Leeds to view properties you are welcome to book a tour of NSCD to coincide with your visit. We plan to offer bookable slots on Thurs 24, Fri 25 & Sat 26 June and Thurs 1, Fri 2 & Sat 3 July between 11:00-13:00 (30 mins).  Further dates may be added subject to demand.  If you wish to book a tour of NSCD please use this link.  Parents/carers are welcome to join the tour but please ensure you add the total number of people coming in the booking.


In the meantime please visit our accommodation page here for more information.

I will be travelling to the UK from another country; what is the latest information about entering the UK?

Current regulations may change prior to your travel so you are advised to consult information provided in your current country of residence and via this link:

NSCD is considering all of the information around vaccinations and will publish further guidelines to new starters and current students after 19th July, when the UK government make further announcements.


I will be applying for a UKVI Student Route Visa; where can I find information about visas? (Overseas students only)

For further information please see our Overseas Students page and our NSCD Student Visa Information

You will need to submit the evidence for the conditions listed in your offer letter in the online form NSCD entry requirement submissions 2021 entry which is available in + What do I need to do next?

As soon as we receive these documents we can issue you a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) that you will need for your Student Visa application.

You may also wish to view:

Where can I find the information I need to apply for my Student Loan? (Home/EUSS students only)

Full details can be found by clicking on the links below.  Please see the STUDENT FINANCE section on these web pages:

If you have any questions in relation to Student Loans please contact the NSCD Finance Team at

Where can I find all the information I will need about being a student at NSCD?

All information is available in the NSCD Student Handbook  in Student Handbook & Policies

This handbook is for 2020-21 and the 2021-22 handbook will be posted at the start of your course.  We do not anticipate making any major changes to the information currently available.

Please also see Codes of Practice for clothing suggestions on page 6.

What are the Term Dates for 2021-22?

2021-22 Term Dates are available under Admissions Related Documents at Student Handbook & Policies


What will the Induction Week involve and when should I arrive at NSCD?

The Induction week for students is designed to provide all the key information you will need to prepare you for being a student at NSCD, we try to prioritise the time you have in the studio and the week will include practical, studio based classes including for example:

  • Contemporary
  • Ballet
  • Yoga
  • Bodywork
  • Improvisation

All students will also be given an introduction to the following areas:

  • Student Services including support services:
    • Wellbeing Support
    • Bodywork Support
    • English Language Support
    • Learner Support (including a Quickscan learner questionnaire)
    • Financial support
  • Library
  • Safeguarding & community safety


During the week you will all get to meet staff at NSCD, be introduced to the course and we hope also plenty of time to socialise.

We are looking forward to welcoming you all to the Northern School.  This is to introduce you to our timetable system, as this will enable you to access your classes as well as book studio spaces.  If possible please familiarise yourself with this system prior to coming to NSCD, however if you have any problems don’t worry, we can either resolve these via email, or once you are in the building.  In case of difficulties please contact in the first instance.

In order to log into this system, please navigate to: and login with your user ID (e.g. 123456) and password (this is the same as for your emails).

A full guide to using the timetable can be found here:


There are video guides here:

–          Getting started:

–          Calendar Integration:

–          Booking:

–          Event Signup:


As a reminder – all students on the following courses will begin induction week on 13th Sept (unless otherwise agreed) – please arrive by 10am for a 10:15 start.

  • CertHE in Contemporary Dance
  • CertHE in Cultural Dance Forms
  • BA in Contemporary Dance
  • MA in Contemporary Dance Practice (Verve)
  • MA in Dance and Creative Enterprise


Students on the AltHE Learning and Teaching in Higher Education will begin with induction on Wednesday 22nd September; while students on MA in Contemporary Dance Practice (PPS) have already had induction, and will have specific schedules already agreed with the companies.


What other information will be posted here?
  • The online Registration Form: A link to the online form will be sent to New Starters in late July/early August for you to complete and submit.  You will receive an email with link along with your full details and instructions on how to access and complete this.

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