• Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.11 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.04 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.29 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    64.8 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend 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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  • Good Honours 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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    59.2 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    87.0 / 100.0


  • York St John was founded in 1841 as the Church College for Teacher Training.
  • In 1975 the two 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.
  • 2016 is both York St John's 10th year as a university and 175th year of providing high quality higher education in York.

Location and Transport

  • With around 20,000 students and 7 million tourists visiting the city all year round, York really is a lively place to be.
  • 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 Requirements

  • Most courses at York St John require 3 A levels (or equivalent) at grade C or above.
  • International applicants should visit our website to find out more about our entry requirements.

Student Mix

The 6,550 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 87%
  • Postgraduate 13%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 84%
  • Part Time 16%


  • UK 91%
  • EU 1%
  • Other 8%

Student gender

  • Male 31%
  • Female 69%

Course Flexibility

  • There is the option to study part-time on most of our courses (check our 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, Christian Theology & Practice and Christian Theology & Practice in Chaplaincy, 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 30% 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.
  • The university was granted Research Degree Awarding Powers in March 2015.

Academic Strengths

  • The university specialises in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) courses, with Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy also among the top courses in the UK.

Undergraduate Courses

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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
  • 2016 will see the relocation and expansion of the Students' Union. The new building will contain a bar/event space, large first-floor social/work area, reception area, toilet facilities, meeting rooms and offices for sabbatical officers and the Students’ Union administration team.

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.

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

  • Even if you’re just starting out at university, you can be doing lots of things that will help you get your dream job. We have a dedicated and professional team of careers advisers to give you the advice and guidance you may need.
  • Our careers team offers specialist advice on finding a job whilst you study and when you graduate.
  • We run skills workshops, job shop and fairs, volunteering, internships and overseas opportunities.
  • 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.
  • We 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.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • In 2016, a new sports centre will be completed at the new Nestlé Rowntree Park sports facility.
  • 2016 will also see the relocation and expansion of the Students' Union.
  • We are currently expanding the main Holgate Dining room, due for completion in March 2016.

Further Details

Address York St John University
Lord Mayor’s Walk
YO31 7EX
UCAS Code Y75