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Education is for everyone - find your place at York St John University

We are passionate about removing barriers to education. We believe opportunities for learning are for everyone. Find out how we support our applicants.

Opportunity and Excellence Scheme

We want to give more people a fair chance to access Higher Education.

York St John University was founded on the belief that helping more people from a wide mix of backgrounds to access education contributes positively to individuals and society.

To support this we introduced a unique contextual offer scheme. Our scheme, described as radical by the Office for students, takes factors other than your grades into account when we offer a place on one of our courses.

Find out more about how our Opportunity and Excellence Scheme could help you get to York St John University.

Opportunity and Excellence Scheme

Mature entry offer scheme

We have an outstanding record of supporting mature students in their academic success. We recognise the importance of life experience and work experience in formal learning. Our mature students add invaluable diversity, strength and richness to our community.

We believe that nothing should hold people back from pursuing education. That is why we have developed a mature student entry scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience.

We are looking for people who have a passion for learning and a real determination to succeed on one of our programmes.

Mature entry offer scheme

Aspire card

The Aspire Card is a bursary that helps students directly with study costs and supports their transition into Higher Education. All eligible full-time students will receive £100 on their Aspire Cards and part-time students will receive £50. Home students whose household income is below £25,000 will also receive an additional £400.

To find out more about our Aspire Card, run in conjunction with the John Smith Group, see the list of FAQs here.

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