Entry requirements

We are very pleased to consider a range of qualifications for entry to our degree programmes.

Admission to university is calculated through the UCAS tariff system, which gives numerical values to qualifications, so you can work out how many points your qualifications are worth. A full list is given on the UCAS website, or please contact us by phone 01904 876598 or by email admissions@yorksj.ac.uk for assistance with working out your points.

You can meet the minimum entry requirement of York St John in a number of ways:

A2 Level

TWO passes at A2 Level or ONE Double Award or a combination of the two qualifications.

BTEC Qualifications

BTEC QCF qualifications at Level 3 Extended Diploma or Diploma level, or BTEC NQF qualifications at Level 3 Certificate or Diploma level.

Access Diploma

An approved Access Diploma.

OCR Cambridge Technical

OCR Cambridge Technical at Level 3 Extended Diploma or Diploma level.

Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers

THREE Scottish Highers at grade C, plus three passes at grade 1-3 at Standard Level to include English Language. 

Irish Leaving Certificate

FOUR Irish Higher Level passes at grade C, including English Language.

International Baccalaureate

Full Diploma with a minimum of 24 points (check course for specific requirements). Certificate with a minimum of 80 points, to include two higher level subjects at grade 4 or above.

International Qualifications

An equivalent international qualification, such as a full European Baccalaureate Diploma or American SAT/ACT. Applicants from overseas can email our Admissions Team with any specific queries.

Vocational Qualifications

Professional qualifications may be considered and we recommend contacting our Admissions Team so that we can provide personalised advice.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma

The Advanced Diploma comprising Core Certificate at Level 3, plus at least two options at Level 3, such as GCE Advanced or BTEC National Certificate at Pass, may be considered.

Flexible entry requirements

York St John welcomes students of all ages and has flexible entry requirements for mature students.

Please note that some of our degree programmes require higher entry qualifications or specific subjects.

General information

All candidates must have a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 in GCSE English Language, or an approved equivalent qualification, plus two further GCSEs at Grade C or Grade 4 or above. 

All standard offers made by York St John will, where possible, be framed in terms of a tariff score. (For teacher training and sport programmes, equivalent qualifications to GCSE may not be applicable).

We will take account of AS Levels wherever possible, although the minimum qualification for entry must be two A2 Levels or equivalent. AS Levels converted to an A2 Level cannot be counted twice. Offers may also require you to meet non-academic conditions, such as a DBS Enhanced Check or Medical etc.

We welcome A2 Level General Studies as a qualification and will accept a grade in General Studies as meeting part of the entrance requirement, please see individual programmes for any exceptions.

You will need to meet academic requirements of your particular subject by the achievement of appropriate grades in Level 3 qualifications and GCSE Level examinations.

This information is for guidance only at the time of publication and offers may vary depending on individual circumstances at the time the offer is made.

Can I get credit for previous study in Higher Education?

If you have already completed, or partially completed, a course in Higher Education it may be possible to enter some of York St John’s programmes with credit. We can assess how much credit is appropriate for the study you have done and you could enter the second, or in exceptional cases the final, year of a relevant programme.

Examples of qualifications we can give credit for include; BTEC Higher National Diplomas and Certificates, Diplomas of Higher Education or a Foundation degree. Successful completion of part of a degree programme elsewhere in the country may also lead to entry with credit.

You will still need to apply for entry with credit through UCAS. However, it is useful to contact the Admissions Team at York St John first to assess whether entry with credit is possible. We will normally require a full academic transcript and module breakdown to assess whether you have sufficient credits and whether there is a reasonable match between what you have studied and what you now intend to study.

If you need advice on any qualifications you might have, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Team on 01904 876598.