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York St John University

2016 League Table Ranking 99
2016 Overall Score 528
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Entry Standards 291 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 20.6 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.04 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 784 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 4.03 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 360 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 64.4 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 90.3 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 65.4 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 44.8 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 awarded 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 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.
  • York’s nightlife caters for all, from traditional and quirky pubs, to ghost walks, cinemas and theatre, to the lively, modern and vibrant bars, clubs and live venues.
  • The city is also a paradise for shopaholics with everything from famous high-street names to intriguing specialist, designer and curiosity shops.
  • Shopping and socialising aside, you can’t fail to notice York’s history and culture. It’s hard not to find history fascinating when it lives and breathes around you.
  • York St John is literally minutes away from the city centre, so is perfectly placed for nights out and retail therapy jaunts.
  • 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

Course Flexibility

  • There is the option to study part-time on most of our courses (check the website for details) and we have flexible entry requirements for mature students.
  • We offer a variety of opportunities to spend a semester or year abroad as part of your undergraduate degree, without adding any extra time! We have partners all around the world with compatible programmes so that you can study abroad whilst working towards your York St John degree, at no extra tuition fee. This applies to almost all undergraduate programmes, you do not need to be studying a Language!
  • Foundation degrees are available in Supporting Learning, Working with Children & Young People and Theology & Ministry, all of which can lead to a place on a BA or BsC course after completion.

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.

Research Standards

  • The 2014 Research Excellence Framework rated thirty per cent of York St John University's research as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.
  • York St John University houses several research centres which offer services and valuable resources to our postgraduate and post experience students, as well as to the local, national and international community.

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.

Careers Guidance

  • We have a dedicated and professional team of careers advisers to give you the advice and guidance you may need. We can help you to choose your career path, assist you with CV writing and interview skills, and give you access to our comprehensive databases of opportunities.
  • The careers team run employability skills sessions, careers fairs, workshops and presentations. We also work with your academic tutors to ensure that employability is built into your courses from the outset.
  • We have a particularly impressive record of helping students to set up their own businesses, either individually or in groups. We can provide advice at all stages of the process, from the very first idea, through to business planning and accessing finance. We can also connect you to people who have recently been down the same path.
  • For those ready to progress to the next stage, we may be able to offer space within our business incubator in the Phoenix Centre, alongside other young companies in the middle of our campus. As well as affordable office space, the facilities include expert advice, and access to the academics and support staff nearby. New businesses have been developed and supported in creative digital media, advertising and marketing, visual and performing arts, product and industrial design.
  • To date, we have helped nearly 50 young companies to get off the ground and have attracted significant external funding to support them. See for more details.

For further information

  • +44 (0) 1904 624624
  • York St John University
    Lord Mayor’s Walk
    YO31 7EX
UCAS Code Y75

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