• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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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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    4.04 / 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 high-quality 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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    61.3 / 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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    56.4 / 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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    86.4 / 100.0

York St John University is situated on a single campus, across 11 acres of ground and within walking distance of the centre of York. Over the past 10 years, the university has undergone a £100 million transformation, with facilities including a design studio, editing suites and music rooms. York is home to around 20,000 students and is one of Europe's top tourist destinations, with good transport links.

Entry Requirements

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

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Bronze is awarded to institutions that deliver teaching, learning and outcomes for their students that meet "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

  • York St John University was ranked third by HEFCE in 2016 for having one of the highest proportions of staff with a teaching qualification out of 130 universities in England.
  • The quality of teaching is a key priority and students' feedback is greatly valued.
  • Much of your learning will be done in lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops but you will also experience group work, learning via Moodle (Virtual Learning Environment), work placements, client-projects, practical sessions and studio work.
  • The mix and number of contact hours will depend on which course you are studying.
  • Students consistently report that our staff (both academic and support staff) are approachable, friendly and supportive and the Academic tutor system ensures that you have all the support you need, when you need it.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • There is the option to study part-time on most courses (check our website for details) and we have flexible entry requirements for mature students.
  • There are also opportunities for you to undertake a work placement or study abroad during your degree.
  • Graduates go on to work across the private and public sectors, with 96% finding work or going into further study within six months of graduating.
  • There is the option to study part-time on most courses (check the York St John University website for details) and there are flexible entry requirements for mature students.
  • Foundation Degrees are available for a variety of courses, all of which can lead to a place on a BA or BSc course after completion. Foundation Degrees are available in Business, Christian Theology & Practice, Christian Theology & Practice in Chaplaincy, Humanities and Social Sciences and Working in the Wider Children’s Workforce.

Student Services and Facilities

  • The 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.
  • Academic facilities on campus include the University Library (which has been highly rated by students), which contains PCs, film and TV editing suites and a huge collection of books. School facilities include a dance studio, a psychology lab, editing suites and music rooms.
  • A £7m investment in sports facilities saw a new Student Sports Park open in 2016, located a 20 minute walk from campus this 57-acre facility is used by both Sport students and the Students’ Union sports clubs.
  • 2016 saw the relocation and expansion of the Students' Union. The new building contains a bar/event space, large first-floor social/work area, reception area, 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. Their services include:

  • 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.
  • Liaising with academic faculties regarding extra time and/or special arrangements for exams and assessments, consumables such as a photocopying/book allowance, or help with DSA-funded equipment.
  • Liaising with Accommodation Services, Students’ Union, healthcare services and referrals to any specialist staff in Student Services.

Students' Union

  • The Students’ Union opened their new building in 2016, located at the heart of campus the building houses offices for sabbatical officers as well as a bar and café space which has a regular schedule of great events for students to take part in.
  • The Students' Union has around 35 different societies to choose from ranging from Musical Production through to Historical Re-enactment and Big Band. There are around 25 Sports clubs to join, including Archery, Dance, Boating and Football/Rugby for both sexes.
  • The Students' Union runs a variety of commercial services, including the shop, bar and a diverse and exciting array of entertainments.
  • The Team in the Students’ Union aim to provide a high quality entertainment programme in a safe, friendly environment that will offer something for everyone which is 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.
  • The Careers Team also have close links to local employers, offering you access to a range of part-time and graduate jobs, as well as regular networking events and jobs fairs.

Careers Guidance

  • If you are looking to develop your CV, write a job application or prepare for an interview, you will be able to book an appointment with a member of staff at the Careers & Employment Team.
  • The Careers Team offer specialist advice on finding a job whilst you study and when you graduate.
  • There is plenty of opportunity to access employability skills workshops, careers fairs, workshops, presentations, volunteering, internships and overseas opportunities.
  • York St John University can help you to choose your career path, assist you with CV writing and interview skills, and give you access to a comprehensive databases of opportunities.
  • The Careers Team also work with your academic tutors to ensure that employability is built into your courses from the outset.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 88%
  • Postgraduate 12%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 87%
  • Part Time 13%

Where students come from

  • UK 92%
  • EU 1%
  • Other 7%

Student gender

  • Male 32%
  • Female 68%


  • 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.

Notable Alumni

  • Bella Hardy – folk singer.
  • Harry Gration – television presenter with BBC Look North.
  • Julia Davies – actress.
  • Paul Bloomfield – Member of Parliament for Sheffield Central (2010–present).
  • Geoff Cooke – former England Rugby Union Manager (1987-94).

Further Details

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