Rising trend of progression to high tariff universities from NCC

Rising trend of progression to high tariff universities from NCC

New City College has recorded a three-year rising trend of students gaining places at the UK’s ‘high tariff’ universities – those requiring the strongest A Level grades and the most UCAS points for entry.

The biggest increase in high tariff placements have been from NCC’s Havering Sixth Form in Hornchurch and the Hackney campus in Hoxton.  At the Sixth Form there was a significant rise in the high tariff placements – from 54 students in 2018 to 73 students in 2021.

This year 91% of the students who applied for higher education from the Sixth Form secured their places and the campus alone has shown a four-year increase in the number of students progressing to university – from 565 students in 2018, to 706 students in 2021.

Across all the New City College campuses, the high tariff university figures show a similar rising pattern, jumping from 81 in 2019 to 146 in 2021. Overall, 1,458 students from New City College secured a place at university this year.

Of the 146 NCC students who progressed to high tariff universities, the highest numbers gained places at Queen Mary, University of London, pictured above, where 31 students went on to study a range of degrees from Aerospace Engineering to Zoology.  King’s College London had the second highest number of students progressing – with 21 students – who mostly went on to study Medical subjects.

Some of our successful students (pictured below) include:

Adchara Thambithurai, Ben Ryan, Magdalena Staicu, Fardin Rahman, Chi Chi Dimaku, Ellie Marriott, Yusra Choudhury, Karthik Enuganti, Ayah Ahmed and Emily Cornish.

Senior managers were heartened to see such high progression from NCC to Queen Mary because it was recently ranked as the country’s top university for social mobility in a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the Sutton Trust and Department for Education.

Other prestigious universities where NCC students gained places included Cambridge, Warwick, York, Belfast and Exeter, and a total of 33 students progressed ‘in house’ to higher education programmes such as Counselling, Teaching, Business and Sport at New City College.

The most popular degree subjects our students progressed to were:

  • Business and business management – 118
  • Computing subjects – 105
  • Law – 91
  • Psychology – 81
  • Nursing – 77
  • Biomedical subjects – 67
  • Accounting – 62


The high tariff universities include:

  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • Cardiff University
  • Durham University
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • Imperial College London
  • King’s College London
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Liverpool
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • University of Manchester
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton
  • University College London
  • University of Warwick
  • University of York