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

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.

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 2022/23

Inclusive Practice
All courses at Northern School of Contemporary Dance have been designed with inclusive practice at the centre which means we can support students through a variety of assessment methods to find the method that is most appropriate for them.

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


Good mental health is essential for students to get the most from their training at NSCD, however we recognise that it’s completely normal to experience times in life when you might feel anxious, overwhelmed or that you cannot cope.

If you feel that you are struggling with your mental health, or are worried about yourself or a friend, then our Wellbeing Team are here to help.

Our counselling service is free and confidential (unless you or someone you know is at risk), and is available for all students to access.

The first step is to book an appointment with our dedicated Student Support Manager, who can assess your immediate needs and discuss options for ongoing support.

Making an appointment:

Appointments can be booked via Moodle here, or through Student Services. We can generally see students for an initial assessment appointment within 2 weeks.

From there, we will decide with you what level of support feels right. For example, we could offer:

  • Weekly counselling via our team of Student counsellors (or external referrals where required);
  • Groups and workshops covering a range of common student mental health issues
  • Adhoc support and advice appointments as and when you need.

Whatever you are struggling with – stress, anxiety, loneliness, eating, panic attacks, relationships or low mood – and however large or small it may feel, we can help.

Waiting times ae always considerably lower than NHS referrals and our services are free to all students.

Injury Support staff also work closely with the Wellbeing team to ensure the emotional side of injury is picked up and addressed. Together, we will work closely with students who may be struggling with pain or an inability to participate fully in their studies to discuss coping strategies and adjustments to their weekly schedule, alongside their physical therapy.

Mental Health Resources

Although we aim to see any students needing support quickly, we are not an emergency services and are unable to offer out of hours support

For the full directory of mental health services available in Leeds visit MindWell directory – MindWell (

Or, if you need help right now, Samaritans are also there 24/7 to talk to. You can use the free helpline at 116 123 or visit

NSCD Guide to Student Support

This guide is designed for NSCD students and staff seeking guidance on student support. The Guide to Student Support seeks to provide useful information regarding support that can be accessed and expected by NSCD students during their studies.

Mental Health Charter

The University Mental Health Charter was created by thousands of staff and students to shape a future in which everyone in higher education can thrive.

​The Charter provides a set of principles to support universities across the UK in making mental health a university-wide priority. It forms the basis of the Charter Award Scheme, being developed in 2020, which will recognise and reward universities that promote good mental health and demonstrate good practice.

NSCD have used the principles of the University Mental Health Charter to develop a Charter which is more relevant to our specific institutional needs and context. You can access this here

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

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