Information for prospective students

As a prospective student or offer holder, we understand you may have concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the potential impact on your enrolment at the University of York.

We want to reassure you that our shared sense of community and compassion puts our students at the very heart of our University, even more so during this unsettling period. Our dedicated team is closely monitoring the situation and doing everything we can to support your choices about which university is right for you and smooth your transition to university life.

In the information below, we’ve tried to address as many of your concerns as possible.

We’re continuing to follow official advice and adapt our response as the situation evolves. For the latest information please regularly check these pages and our prospective student pages.

We thank you for your understanding and patience as we confirm our plans to provide the best possible experience for you, our applicants.

“Never more has the world needed bright, enquiring minds, just like yours” - a message from our Vice-Chancellor, Charlie Jeffery

We are updating these pages as the situation develops, so please check them regularly.

You should also consult these official sources of information:


Arriving at York

The 2020/21 academic year will start on 28 September 2020 as planned in our usual term dates.

We appreciate that you may have questions about what will happen in the next academic year. We'd like to reassure you that no matter how you begin your student journey - whether that's online, on campus, or a combination of the two - we'll be here to support you and warmly welcome you into our community.

Find out about changes to courses

Find out more about what the Autumn term will look like.

Examination and assessment cancellations

We know that you’ve been working really hard to achieve your goals and come to university, and that the global pandemic is a really worrying and stressful time. We want you to know that we are here to support you and that we are working closely with UCAS ( and other relevant awarding bodies throughout this period.

So far the following has been confirmed:

  • A level results in England and Pearson BTEC Level 3 Nationals (both QCF and RQF) will be released on 13 August 2020

  • GCSE results will be released on 20 August 2020

  • Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) are aiming to release results for Highers and Advanced Highers no later than 4 August 2020

  • In Northern Ireland, CCEA also intends to publish results no later than 4 August 2020.

Further announcements from other awarding bodies and nations are expected in the coming days. As a result we expect the remainder of the cycle including confirmation of results and clearing to run as per the original dates they were planned.

Information for offer-holders

If you currently hold an offer to study at York, we want to assure you we do not plan to amend our offers. Your application is very important to us and the offer we have made you still stands. Here at York, it’s not just about your grades - we consider your whole application because we are interested in the whole person. Our offers are made based on your potential to succeed and develop within our academic community.

If you miss your offer, and we have availability, we'll try to be as flexible as possible given the extenuating and unprecedented circumstances we’re all going through. We always consider applicants who have made us their firm choice first under these circumstances as they’ve committed to coming to us, and we know that they’ll thrive here at York.

Apply now for Clearing and Adjustment 2020

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Arriving at York

No matter when you arrive on campus, we can assure you that we’ve been working hard to ensure that everyone has a safe, supportive and engaging learning experience.

Find out about changes to courses

Find out more about what to expect in Autumn term 2020.

Examination and assessment cancellations

If you’re in the final year of a higher education qualification and are planning to continue your studies, you should check with your university to confirm how and when your grade will be awarded.

Postgraduate taught

Start dates

This year, we are offering greater flexibility on start dates for some of our postgraduate taught courses:

  • Most of our courses will start as planned on 28 September 2020

  • Some courses are offering an alternative start date of 18 January 2021

  • A small number of courses have moved the start date from September to January.

Check our course pages to find out which applies to you.

Applications for 2020/21 entry

We have removed academic reference requirements for the majority of postgraduate taught programmes, with the exception of the following:

Find out more information on what supporting documents you will need.

For guidance on how to apply and deadlines see:

Postgraduate research

If you are joining us in September or October 2020, see our information about your options.

Applications for 2020/21 entry

Applications remain open. Your application is important to us and we encourage you to apply as planned.

For guidance on how to apply and deadlines see:


Visas and immigration

Your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is valid for six months. Following enrolment, if you are unable to get to campus for the start of the year and will be delayed longer than the 2 November 2020, please contact the Visa Compliance team on Find out more about visas and immigration.

Examination and assessment calculations

If you're an international student, you should contact your school or centre for updates on how and when your grades will be awarded. Once you have your results, you should upload them to the You@York portal. If you are unable to do this, then you can email your results to us:

You can also get updates for some of the most common qualifications by visiting the UCAS website (

English language tests and requirements

  • IELTS testing is still going ahead where it is permitted and safe to do so, with additional precautions in place to help protect the health of test takers and staff. See the latest IELTS updates (

  • If your testing centre is closed or you don’t yet have your test result, you can still apply to study our courses. The deadline for meeting the English language entry criteria for 2020/21 entry is 9 September 2020 (for undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses). Postgraduate research students should contact for more information.

For more details about English language requirements, including information on all the qualifications we accept, see:

Pre-sessional English courses

All our pre-sessional courses are now being delivered online. Find out more about pre-sessional courses including course dates, fees, course content, how to apply and cancellations.

Preparing for university - free online courses

We know from listening to our current students that making the transition from school or college can be challenging, even under normal circumstances. To support you with this we’re providing free online courses, designed by York’s academics to help you prepare for university life. They offer a short, interactive higher education experience, and you can participate from anywhere in the world, totally free of charge.

Our free online courses include:

  • Next Steps to University: From Choosing a Course to your First Assessment, which is now open for registration. Specifically aimed at new undergraduate students starting in September 2020, you can explore topics such as pre-arrival, budgeting, support and transitioning to university learning

  • From archaeology to psychology, art history to engineering, with our subject-based online short courses you can get a head start on your chosen topic or explore something completely new. Watch videos, explore case studies and take part in quizzes and discussions with your fellow learners around the world.

Find out more about studying at York in preparation for your degree in September. Our short online courses for undergraduate and postgraduate offer-holders are designed to help you understand more about the unrivalled experiences that life at York will bring and prepare you for becoming part of our academic learning community.

University events and visits

The health and wellbeing of our staff, students and visitors is our key priority and in light of the ongoing situation we have moved all of our events online and have suspended University visits for the foreseeable future.

  • All on-campus and international events and visits have been suspended. We have developed a programme of alternative online events for undergraduate, postgraduate and international students for you to access wherever you are in the world

  • Our undergraduate Open Days are now being held online. Find out more about dates, how to book your place and what you can expect on the day

  • Our postgraduate Open Days and Study Fairs are now being held online. Find out more information on event dates, how to book your place and what’s coming up

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate interviews are in the process of being arranged via video call where possible. University staff will be in touch with further details

  • Campus tours have been cancelled and we're looking at arranging online versions of these events. Get a feel for our campus, accommodation and facilities with our online campus tour

  • The Shine and Roots to Success residential events scheduled for the 23 March onwards have both been cancelled.

We're closely monitoring the situation and planning for all eventualities while we work within the guidance provided by Public Health England (PHE).

Sign up for email updates for the latest announcements and booking information:

Refunding travel and/or accommodation

If you’ve already booked accommodation or travel for any events, please contact your provider directly to enquire about a refund.

Who to contact

If you have further questions, please email us:

If you’re an international student, you can also contact Regional Managers for information about your application status.