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York St John University

2015 League Table Ranking 95
2015 Overall Score 544
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Entry Standards 302 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 21.1 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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Research Assessment 1.40 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 774 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.14 Help
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A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 352 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 61.1 Help
Graduate Prospects
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Degree Completion 91.2 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 63.5 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 34.0 Help
Green Score
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  • York St John was founded in 1841 as the Church College for Teacher Training.
  • In 1975 the Separate colleges of Ripon and York merged to form the college of Ripon & York St John, with degrees award through the University of Leeds.
  • The University was granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers in 2005 and became York St John University in October 2006.
  • Today over 6,000 students from more than 60 countries study at the university.

Location and Transport

  • With around 20,000 students and some seven million tourists visiting the city all year round, York really is a lively place to be so much so that it was recently voted Europe's top international tourist destination.
  • It's great for nightlife of all kinds. It has restaurants, pubs, wine bars and cafés to suit every taste and it's fantastic for shopping, including many independent shops.
  • York St John is literally minutes away from the city centre, so is perfectly placed for nights out and retail therapy jaunts.
  • The city is steeped in history and there are loads of arts, cultural and visitor attractions to tempt you too!
  • York Railway station is on the East Coast mainline, meaning that you can be in London in two hours, Manchester in 1 ½ and Edinburgh in 2½.

Entry Standards

  • Most courses at York St John require around 280 UCAS points plus 3 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above. Visit the website for more details.

Student Mix

The 6,420 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Teaching Standards

  • We are highly rated for student satisfaction scores for teaching quality. We care about the quality of our teaching and we listen to our students' feedback. Much of your learning will be done in lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops but you will also experience group work, learning via Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), work placements, client-projects, practical and studio work.
  • The mix and number of contact hours will depend on which course you are studying.
  • Our students consistently tell us that our staff (both academic and support staff) are approachable, friendly and supportive and our Academic tutor system ensures that you have all the support you need, when you need it.

Academic Strengths

  • The university specialises in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) courses, with Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy also among the top courses in the UK.
  • This year our Design course was rated one of the best in the country.

Student Facilities

  • Our 11-acre site is in a beautiful setting facing the world-famous York Minster across the city walls. Originally built around a quadrangle in 1841, York St John's oldest buildings present a striking frontage to the University. Newer buildings added over the past few years provide a wonderful contrast and include De Grey Court and the Fountains Learning Centre which houses the library, IT facilities, Computer Science lab and a modern lecture theatre.
  • The Foss Building houses our sports hall, a physiology laboratory, a biomechanics lab, a psychology lab, a biomedical sciences labs, a fitness suite, physiotherapy labs and general teaching rooms.
  • Other facilities include a dance studio, drama studio, music rooms (both practical and technical), TV and film production facilities, editing suites and dedicated art and design studios.
  • There are a number of catering outlets on campus and the Students' Union has a bar, café, shop and offices on campus.
  • We are also developing our 57-acre Sports Park which is just 15 minutes walk from our main campus. Although the site is already in full swing, there are more exciting developments to come!

Disability Services

The Disability Support Team provides support for students on a short-term or ongoing basis. For example, they will help you if you need specific technical equipment, study skills support, mentoring, library assistance, a signer or note-taker. This also includes:

  • Equipment – such as dictaphones, laptops and specialist reading and writing software.
  • Non-medical helpers – note takers, academic mentors, support workers, study skills tuition, library assistance.
  • Liaison with academic faculties, extra time and/or special arrangements for exams and assessments, consumables such as a photocopying/book allowance, help with DSA-funded equipment.
  • Liaison with Accommodation Services about any specific requirements.
  • Liaison and referral to the Students’ Union.
  • Liaison with healthcare services.
  • Referral to specialist staff in Student Services.

Students' Union

  • A well-developed and maintained Students' Union offers many activities, entertainment, trips and opportunities for students to make new friends.
  • The Students' Union has around 45 different clubs and societies to choose from ranging from playing Rugby to Radio DJ-ing.
  • The Union runs a variety of commercial services, including the shop, internet café, bar and a diverse and exciting array of entertainments.
  • The team in the Student's Union aim to provide a high quality entertainment programme in a safe, friendly environment that will offer something for everyone at value for money.


  • The university sport facilities include Foss Building, which features a new sports hall and fitness suite on-campus. Whilst the brand new Haxby Road facility is a 15 minute walk from the campus and comprises of a 3G football and rugby pitch, sand-dressed hockey pitch, three outdoor tennis courts and three outdoor netball courts along with associated car parking, all of which are floodlit. 
  • There are over 20 different sports teams you can join through the Students' Union, with the opportunity to play both against fellow universities and in local leagues.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Holgate building and Temple Hall have both been refurbished within the last year.
  • Development is underway on Haxby Road sports facilities.
  • A brand new Biomedical lab will be ready for use in 2015.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • York has plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars where many students find part-time work whilst studying.
  • The university has an active careers service and job shop that helps students find part-time work during their studies and a career afterwards.

For further information

  • www.yorksj.ac.uk
  • admissions@yorksj.ac.uk
  • +44 (0) 1904 624624
  • York St John University
    Lord Mayor’s Walk
    YO31 7EX
UCAS Code Y75

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