Higher Education

Achieving your higher education qualification at New City College is a really convenient and affordable alternative to university. Save on accommodation costs as you can stay at home, save on tuition fees as our courses are less than £9,000 a year and benefit from our partnership with universities, which could offer you direct entry to a degree course in year two or three.

Important Information for HE Students

  • Higher Education Overview

    New City College currently offers Higher Education courses at Levels 4 and 5. These include Higher National Diplomas (HNDs), Higher National Certificates and Teacher Training qualifications. These qualifications are designed to give you the skills to put your knowledge to practical use. HNDs and HNCs are highly valued by employers both in the UK and overseas, and can also count towards membership of professional bodies and other employer organisations.

    Why choose higher education courses at New City College?

    • Affordable course prices
    • Enter 2nd or 3rd year of a university degree
    • Fantastic learning facilities on campus
    • Small class sizes
    • One-to-one support and guidance
    • Easily accessible by car and public transport

    Course Entry Checklist

    To qualify for one of our higher education courses you need to be:

    • Aged over 18 years
    • Have either a level 3 qualification like A-levels or a vocational qualification like a BTEC or Access to Higher Education Diploma
    • Have relevant work experience in the field you want to study if you haven’t got a level 3 qualification

    Non-native English speakers or those who have not studied the final two years of school in English should demonstrate capability in English at IELT 5.5 standard.

    Mature students with relevant knowledge and skills, demonstrating a commitment to the chosen subject.

    Higher National Certificate and Diplomas (Level 4 & 5)

    The College offers Pearson Higher National Diplomas as they provide specialist work-related learning that reflects the requirements of employers and professional organisations and meet the National Occupational Standards for each sector or industry. HNDs are mainly assessed through assignments, projects and practical tasks. The HNDs are designed to be completed in two years of full-time study.

    • HNDs are equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree (Level 5)
    • A practical approach that is highly valued by employers
    • Designed in collaboration with industry experts
    • HNDs can be converted to a full Honours Degree with further study
    • Internally assessed through assignments and practical tasks
    • Awarded by Pearson

    Pearson Certificate/Diploma in Education and Training (Levels 4 & 5)

    The teacher training qualifications are one year full-time courses.

    • Professional qualifications for people teaching in further education colleges, adult education, and a wide range of other training and educational settings that are outside the school sector.
    • Provides a route to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.
    • Internally assessed through assignments, practical tasks and lesson observations.
  • How to Apply

    Applications to our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through UCAS. However, if you only wish to apply to New City College, you can apply directly to us via our website and by clicking on ‘Apply Now’.

    If you need financial support with the costs of your studies, please see Higher Education Financial Advice for up-to-date information and links to helpful government advice.


    Where there is an insufficient number of enrolments the College reserves the right to close a course. If a course is discontinued, applicants holding offers will be informed as soon as possible, and where possible and appropriate, will be offered a place on an alternative course by the College and/or supported by the Admissions and IAG Team to find alternative provision.

  • Financial Advice

    What help is available?

    There is a range of support available if you are concerned about financing your higher education studies.

    1. Student Loans

    Types of help for new full-time undergraduate higher education students include:

    Tuition Fee Loans to cover the full cost of tuition fees

    • Maintenance Loans to cover living costs
    • Grants to cover living costs
    • Students can also get extra support if they have children or adult dependants, or a disability or a specific learning difficulty.

    Find out more about student loans for higher education:

    Student Loans Company

    Gov UK

    Student Finance – How You Are Assessed

    Student Loan Advice for HNCs and HNDs


    • It is important that you apply for extra support e.g. Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) at the same time that you apply for a student loan – it may not be available once your course has started.
    • You do not need a confirmed offer of a college place before you can apply for a student loan. Apply as early as possible to prevent delays to your application.

    2. Self-Funding

    If you choose to pay any part of the fee yourself the College offers an instalment plan to allow you to stagger your payments by Direct Debit.

    3. Student Services

    If you require any help or advice applying for your student loan, please speak to our trained advisors at our Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Redbridge campuses or call

    Tower Hamlets Campus by calling 020 7510 7777

    Hackney Campus by calling 020 7613 9123

    Redbridge Campus by calling 020 8548 7402

    There is a College Higher Education Support Fund available for Higher Education. Please contact the Student Finance and Welfare Team for further information and details of eligibility if you are experiencing financial difficulties once you are enrolled.

    4. Independent Financial Advice

    It is important you consider your own circumstances and look into all options. You can access free independent financial advice from the Money Advice Service

  • Supporting You

    Student Voice

    Student views and representation are important to the College. Any student can seek election as a Student Representative for their course. The College encourages students to actively contribute to the Higher Education committee structure by attending a variety of meetings with staff. This ensures that the HE student perspective is visible and the College continues to be responsive to Higher Education student needs.

    Equality and Diversity

    At New City College we embrace and celebrate the diversity of our student body and the different cultures everyone brings to the college. We work hard to ensure that everyone can access our services fairly and that nobody is discriminated against on grounds of age, disability, nationality, gender, marital status, race, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.

    Learners with Additional Needs

    Higher Education students who receive Disability Students’ Allowances (DSAs) can access a range of support depending on their needs including specialist equipment, non-medical helpers, extra travel because of disability and other related costs of studying. Please visit the DSAs website

    New City College is fully accessible with lifts, automatic doors and specialist facilities for wheelchair users. Accessible toilets and shower facilities are available at the Chadwell Heath Campus. For more information please contact Additional Learning Support on 020 8548 7442.

    Personal Tutors

    All Higher Education students are assigned a personal tutor, who will work with them to help set targets and give you the support you need to achieve your goals. Your targets will be regularly reviewed to ensure that you remain challenged and up-to-date with your work.


    The College runs a variety of extracurricular activities throughout the year to help make your student experience even more enjoyable. We offer a huge range of activities, with some leading to recognised qualifications while others are just for fun! These include beauty and hairdressing skills, cooking skills, photography, driving theory and First Aid. There are also regular events to help you get involved in charity, sport and volunteering opportunities. Finally, we also run college trips abroad (eg Paris, New York) and to fun activity venues in the UK.

    Study Facilities

    In addition to the facilities provided by College, HE students have an HE Study area in the I-Zone which is equipped with technology suites for your use. All students are given their own email address, fast internet access and their own dedicated network space. E-Bridge is our interactive online learning area where you can access resources for your course, keep in touch with tutors, submit assignments online, track your progress and use forums, blogs, quizzes, surveys and much more to enhance your learning experience.

    Additional learning resources for HE students are available in the Brook Centre which also provides a careers advice service by appointment and regular events such as careers fairs & HE fairs. Support is also offered for UCAS applications and student finance advice. A ‘Jobs Board’ is regularly updated with student employment opportunities and events of interest for HE students are regularly circulated to relevant staff.


    The College also offers a range of services to students which include: fully-licensed Rouge Restaurant, REDS Restaurant, GO’SASA Deli, and Costa Coffee shop. The College’s Hair & Beauty Training Salons are also open to all students, with great discounts available.

    The Blue Orange Learning Company

    The Blue Orange Learning Company is our very own media company specialising in music recording, graphic design and video production. Creative Arts students work here as part of their real-life media industry experience. Blue Orange is the place to record your next album or commission a video. For more information on services and prices, please call 020 8548 7427

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Cross College Policies and Procedures

Regulatory Information

Pearson Policies and Procedures

Procedures and Policies for Open University Validated Programmes.

Procedures and Policies for Bath Spa University Validated Programmes.

Procedures and Policies for London Metropolitan University Validated Programmes.

Procedures and Policies for University of East London Validated Programmes.