Information for prospective students

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

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.

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.

You should also consult these official sources for the latest information and advice:

Studying at York in 2021/22

We are looking forward to welcoming new students to campus in Autumn 2021. Find out a bit more about what the new academic year will look like and how we are going to support you.

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

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.

Financial support for international offer-holders travelling to York for the first time

To support international students travelling to York for the start of the academic year 2021/22, we will refund the cost of one of the following requirements outlined by the UK government's latest travel guidance (

  • Travel Test Package (variable price, typically £210)
    You can now use a variety of providers for obtaining your Travel Test Package and the cost is variable. We will only refund the Travel Test Package up to the value of £210, so please choose your provider carefully. If you choose a Travel Test Package that is more expensive, we will not refund the excess above £210.

  • Managed quarantine hotel accommodation for 'red list' countries (£1,750 + any additional days)
    Managed quarantine hotel accommodation is only required for students who travel from, or through, a country on the government banned travel list ('red list'). We will only refund the cost for the student, not for any partners, spouses or dependents. We will refund the cost of any additional days required if you test positive.

Tuition fee deposits and CAS for international postgraduate taught offer-holders

If you’re an offer holder for a postgraduate taught course you may have to pay a deposit to confirm your place and receive your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). If you’re unable to take up your place at York for reasons relating to Covid-19 we’ll refund your deposit in full.

We understand that you may also prefer to wait before making your final decision about your study plans, given the current situation. The deadline to pay this deposit and request your CAS is 15 September 2021.

Find out more about tuition fee deposits for international postgraduate taught students.

Apply now for 2021

We're still accepting applications for September 2021 and welcome students from all backgrounds. Study with us and you'll become part of our supportive, global community.

For the latest information about applying to York please visit our prospective student web pages:

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

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

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

In the meantime:

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Who to contact

If you have further questions, please get in touch:

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