How to apply

York St John University has been educating and inspiring students since 1841. Whatever your background, we want to work with you to learn, achieve and push boundaries.

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We're delighted that you are considering studying with us at York St John University and we're here to help make your application process as smooth and as simple as possible.

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How to apply to university

Key details

UCAS Deadline:
15 January 2019 (late applications accepted until 30 June 2019)
Institution Code:
York St John Admissions enquiries:
T: 01904 876598 E:
UCAS Customer Service:
0371 468 0468
Apply via UCAS


Key dates

Here are some key dates you'll need to keep in mind:

UCAS Opens

  • Wednesday 5 September: Completed 2019 entry applications can be submitted to UCAS.

First UCAS Deadline

  • Tuesday 15 January 18:00: This is the first UCAS deadline. Applying before this time will ensure you are considered for the course you have applied for, and you will receive a response no later than 3 May 2019.
  • After the first deadline, you can still apply to all universities providing you meet the entry requirements, have a suitable personal statement and reference, and the institution has not closed the course.
  • 15% (over 1,500) of the applications we received during 2017 were received after the first deadline, it is common to receive applications from Mature Students and International students after this time.
  • If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Second UCAS Deadline

  • Sunday 30 June: This is the second UCAS deadline. All applications (regular or UCAS Extra) for Undergraduate courses must be in before this date.
  • Any applications after this date will be automatically entered into Clearing.


  • Thursday 15 August: UCAS Clearing opens.
  • Any application received before this date will be held until UCAS reopens for Clearing on this day.

Questions about your application

How is my application considered?

Most applications that are made to York St John are sent to us by UCAS. We will carefully read all applications and check to see that all general and specific entry requirements are met.

This may result in an invitation to interview (if this is a requirement of your course), after which we will decide whether to offer you a place.

For certain courses, such as Primary Education, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Fine Art and Design we always interview candidates. Check the Interview pages on the University website to see if a particular subject requires an interview.

If we do decide to make you an offer without interview you will receive an offer through UCAS and an invitation to a Visit Day at York St John, where you will have the opportunity to meet staff and students, view our facilities or take a campus tour.

If we offer you a place the offer will be either Conditional or Unconditional.

A Conditional offer depends on you obtaining certain qualifications or grades in your examinations and may also include other non-academic conditions, such as Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Check, or medical reports.

An Unconditional offer means that you have already met the academic entry requirements for the programme and have been accepted, though there may also be other conditions you need to meet, such as a DBS check or medical.

The offer you receive through UCAS will include information on any conditions which have to be met and guidance on how and when you have to make a decision on any offers you receive.

If we are unable to make you an offer of a place you will be advised by UCAS that unfortunately your application has been unsuccessful, along with a reason why.

Will you accept an application for deferred entry?

York St John values the experience students can gain through taking a year out and we are happy to consider applications for deferred entry.

Deferral is, however, conditional on the availability of the programme for the following year and on your meeting all entry requirements before your year out (ie by 31 August 2018).

If you decide to change your year of entry after you have submitted your application please contact the Admissions Team, by emailing as soon as you can for further advice.

What happens if I accept a place at York St John?

UCAS will ask you to make a decision when you have had responses from all of your choices and give you a date by which you need to make a decision. If you accept a place at York St John you will receive further information on the degree programme and details about accommodation, reading lists etc in May/June of the year you start.

Conditional offers made by York St John are made in terms of a tariff score/grade or the achievement of a particular level of qualification. In the summer, as results are received, we make a decision on whether to accept a candidate or not as quickly as we can.

For some students it may be necessary to delay a decision until the results of all students are known after the publication of the A2 Level results or GCSEs.

Students who have not met the terms of their offer will be ranked according to their tariff score/qualifications and we will decide how many of these students we are able to accept onto a particular programme.

As soon as we are able to confirm your place you will receive confirmation from UCAS (AS12) and be able to see this on UCAS Track. At the end of August/early September you will also receive final joining instructions from us if your place has been confirmed. Please e-mail as soon as possible if you no longer wish to take up your place.

Foundation degrees

The Foundation degrees that we offer, only accept applications direct to York St John. To find out more visit the relevant department’s webpage.

Part-time study

All part-time applicants need to apply directly to York St John via our online application system. Where a link to the online application is not already on the programme web page, please contact Admissions on T: 01904 876598 or E:  for further details.

Students with special requirements

We are very pleased to consider applications from students with disabilities.

If you are interested in applying to York St John and have special requirements please contact one of our advisers in the Disability Advice Team by telephone on 01904 876540, by Minicom on 01904 876540 or email

You should indicate the programme(s) in which you are interested and the nature of your special requirement or disability. We will then be able to give you advice on the suitability of accommodation and other York St John facilities as well as the availability of special learning resources.

If you are planning to attend an Open Day or are invited to a Visit Day or an interview, please contact us prior to the event, so that we are aware of any special requirements you may have. Wherever possible, arrangements will be made to meet your specific requirements.

If you require further information on any of our programmes or guidance on entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Team T: 01904 876598 or email 

Opportunity and Excellence offer scheme

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 take several factors into account when we make an offer of a place on one of our courses. We look at your academic potential and we also look at factors that prove to be barriers preventing students from attending university. We get this information from your UCAS application. We look at your age, whether you declare a disability, whether you have spent time in care, the area in which you live and the relative performance of the school you attend. 

Through this additional assessment, we will assign you points that may reduce the offer we give you, bringing university within closer reach. 

For more information on the scheme, please visit our Opportunity and Excellence offer scheme page.

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One of the great reasons to study at York St John.

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