New Starters 2024 Entry - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

New Starters 2024 Entry

We look forward to welcoming you to the NSCD community!

All key information will be posted here over the coming months, so please return to this page for updates.

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 anticipated to be Monday 16 September 2024* .  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 23 September when the standard timetable will commence. The timetable for 2024-2025 will be available here soon.

*Please note: Those studying MA Contemporary Dance Performance: Professional Placement Scheme (PPS) will have a variety of start dates, depending on their placement.

Upcoming Events 2024 Entry

  • Unipol House Hunting Online Support Event, Saturday 20 April 2024. Zoom Details will be provided nearer the event to New Starters. The event will include a presentation from Unipol, a Q & A with current students and a chance to meet some landlords, ask questions etc.
  • Financial Support Discussion (Online), 03 June 2024. New Starters will be provided with meeting details nearer the event.
  • Overseas Pre-Sessional and Orientation, 02 September – 13 September (tbc). Overseas students will be provided with full details in due course.

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 2024 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.

How do I join the NSCD New Starters Facebook Group?

We will be sending out invitations to join this group from March 2024.  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.
  • Current NSCD students will post details of any rooms they have available in their accommodation.
  • Connect with other students who will be starting a course in September 2023.

All new starters can request to join the group using this link.

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. This is a private group.

How can I find accommodation?

Online Presentation and Q&A

You will be invited to join the  NSCD and Unipol Student Homes House Hunting Tips Session. The event will take place via Zoom in April 2024, which will include a presentation from Unipol, a Q & A followed by a virtual landlord meet and greet plus student networking via a breakout room. We will provide an exact date and time as soon as this is confirmed.

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.

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

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 2024 entry.

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  which is available here.

This handbook is for 2023-24; the 2024-25 version will be available for September 2024 Entry, though we do not anticipate any major changes.

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

What are the Term Dates for 2024-25?

It is anticipated that the term dates for 2024-25 will be 16/09/2024 to 04/07/2025 which will include holidays. Full details will be available in due course. Full term dates can be found here: 2024-2025 Term Dates.

For MA students, the Research Project will run from June until August 15th 2025.


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). Please note, this information will be provided later in the summer.

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

There are video guides here:

–          Getting started:

–          Calendar Integration:

–          Booking:

–          Event Signup:


All students on the below courses will begin induction week in September 2023. Times and dates will be updated here in due course.

  • CertHE in Contemporary Dance
  • CertHE in Cultural Dance Forms
  • BA in Contemporary Dance
  • MA in Contemporary Dance Performance (Verve)
  • MA in Interdisciplinary Dance Performance
  • MA in Dance and Creative Enterprise
  • MA in Dance Teaching & Facilitating

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