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 studies at the University of York.


We are pleased to confirm that we plan to offer campus-based in-person teaching in all our academic departments. We expect all students who are able to travel to York to join us for the start of term in September.


Each department is preparing a summary of their plans for teaching and learning and will contact you ahead of the start of your course to share any changes which may impact you. There will also be the opportunity for you to raise any questions with your department.

Welcome to York

After the challenges we know you have faced during this previous year, we're delighted to be able to welcome you to York very soon.

In this video, Vice-Chancellor Charlie Jeffery explains how we're approaching the new term with care, consideration and respect for all and how we're determined to bring you the best possible experience from day one.

International (including EU) students

If you’re unable to get to campus for the start of term in September due to travel restrictions, most courses will continue to offer an online provision for the first six weeks of autumn term (until 7 November 2021). New PGRs should check options for incoming postgraduate researchers.

To support international students travelling to York for the start of the academic year 2021/22, we have also outlined a package of financial support if you’re coming to the UK for the first time.

Accredited courses

If your course is accredited by a professional body you may be required to participate in in-person teaching and experiential learning, so it’s particularly important that you join us for the start of term in September.

Contact your department as soon as possible if you won’t be able to join us in-person by the start of term.

Vaccinations

The planned return to in-person teaching has been made possible by the success of the vaccine rollout in the UK. Getting vaccinated against Covid-19 is one of the best ways we can look after ourselves and each other. That’s why we're currently asking our students to get vaccinated as soon as they can.

If you're eligible and able to, we'd strongly encourage you to get a NHS Covid-19 vaccination before you start your course in September. This will help to protect you and your new university friends, and support us to keep campus open.

If you’re not eligible for your vaccination before September, don’t worry. It’s not essential to your offer and we’ll be running pop-up vaccination clinics on campus in the Autumn Term. NHS England has produced a Frequently Asked Questions document for students, which you might find useful.

Stay up to date

Our shared sense of community and compassion puts our students at the very heart of our university and we will continue to follow official advice and adapt our response as and when the situation evolves.

For the latest information please regularly check these pages and our prospective student pages. You should also consult these official sources for the latest information and advice:

A University of York degree is an excellent investment of your time and effort, and we are excited about what we have to offer you. We look forward to welcoming you to your studies this autumn.

Studying at York in 2021/22

As we return to in-person teaching, our priority is to ensure you receive an enriching and engaging experience, while keeping everyone safe.

Our key safety measures include on-campus testing and vaccination centres, reviews of room and venue capacity, provision of hand sanitiser and protective screens, and a new policy on face coverings.

Information for offer holders

Your offer

Your application is very important to us and the offer we have made to you still stands. Here at York it’s not just about your grades - we consider your whole application because we’re interested in you as a whole person. Our offers are made based on your potential to succeed and develop within our academic community.

Deferrals from last year

We know that you may be concerned that last year’s admissions turbulence means that there will be fewer university places available to you in 2021.

Although some York applicants deferred their place to 2021, the numbers who chose to do this were very small and in line with previous years. As a result there will be no impact on the number of places available at York for 2021 entrants.

Schools and colleges exam results

Depending on your qualification your results will come out at various times, for example:

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) results will be released on 5 July 2021

  • Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Highers and Advanced Highers will be released on 10 August 2021

  • A level results in England and Pearson BTEC Level 3 Nationals (both QCF and RQF) will be released on 10 August 2021

  • GCSE results will be released on 12 August 2021

  • Northern Ireland CCEA will be released on 10 August 2021

If the government or awarding bodies change these dates for any reason we'll update this page as soon as possible.

Important UK government update:

  • Your A level grades will be determined by teachers using a combination of mock exams, coursework and other work completed as part of your course

We appreciate you might have concerns around this announcement. We want to reassure you that our Admissions team is closely monitoring the situation and we’ll do all we can to support you in your journey to York. For more information please see gov.uk.

If you're an international student taking examinations or assessments for September 2021 entry you should check arrangements with your school or college.

If your choice is York we’re committed to ensuring to do everything we can to welcome you here. Between now and results day we’ll be analysing a range of data to help us be as flexible as possible in our decision making.

The world urgently needs bright minds like yours and we wish you the very best as you progress through this year. Remember that last year’s students also faced huge uncertainty - they got through and we have every confidence you will too.

Support every step of the way

We understand that preparing for university has been a little different this year to say the least. We want to support you in every way we can.

Your next steps to university

You may already have been exploring the range of free online courses, known as Massive Online Learning Courses (MOOCs) we’ve made available.

There are several subject level courses taught by our own academics. Our Next Steps to University course will help give you an idea of what to expect from life at university.

To support your transition to the University of York, we’ve created two online short courses exclusively for offer holders. These are specifically designed to help you learn about life at York and support your transition to academic learning.

What is a MOOC?

Stephen Fry in conversation with Professor Christina van der Feltz-Cornelis for the York Unlimited campaign

Your wellbeing

Adapting to university life can be challenging for any student. Our network of support services will help you get the best from your time at York.

To help you with your current studies we’ve asked our students to share some of their top tips on our blog, including:

At York we have a strong emphasis on mental health. Catch up with Stephen Fry’s recent talk as part of our York Unlimited campaign to find out more about our efforts to improve mental health and wellbeing.

University events and visits

We've created a number of ways for you to get to know our beautiful parkland campus, find out more about university life and hear from our students while we're not able to hold in-person open days.

You can take a self-guided tour by downloading the Visit UoY app, take an online tour or take part in a virtual visit.

You can also sign up for email updates for the latest announcements and booking information:

Who to contact

If you have further questions, please get in touch:

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