Subject and study questions
How do I find the best course for me?
Research, research, research! There are hundreds of subject
options available to you, so you need to think about what you enjoy
studying, what you are good at, and whether you will need a
particular qualification if you have a career path in mind. Then
you can begin to explore university websites and prospectuses to
see how the courses differ – for example, the Psychology course at
one institution may be very different to that at another – so you
need to think about where your interests lie and find courses that
match them, and for which you think you can achieve the entry
What if I get there and it’s too hard?
Studying at degree level is meant to be challenging – it should
teach you to think and express yourself in new ways. Most students
feel anxious about their ability to study at this level, but a
university would not admit you to a course on which it didn’t think
you could succeed. You will be offered plenty of support to develop
your study skills and if you find yourself having difficulties you
can speak to the academic staff that run the course and they will
What learning support is available?
You will be offered a wide range of opportunities to get support
with your learning. At York St John University all students can
access academic development workshops, and are linked with a
personal tutor to turn to for additional support. If you have a
specific learning difficulty like dyslexia, or a disability, you
will be eligible to apply for a significant amount of additional
support through the Disabled
Students' Allowance system.
Is it true I could get the chance to study abroad?
Yes! Many universities offer their students the chance to do a
term or a year of their course with a partner institution abroad.
You don’t have to do it, but it can be a fantastic experience. Find
out more about York St John University’s
Study Abroad Programme
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