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.
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?
Course Entry Checklist
To qualify for one of our higher education courses you need to be:
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.
Pearson Certificate/Diploma in Education and Training (Levels 4 & 5)
The teacher training qualifications are one year full-time courses.
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.
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
Find out more about student loans for higher education:
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
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.
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.
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
The latest version of our cross-college higher education policies can be found below:
Pearson Higher Education Programmes (Levels 4-5)
Policies, procedures, guidance documents and forms specific to Pearson HE Programmes (HNC/HND/Teacher Training) qualifications can be found below: