Our programmes and activities are designed to give talented sixth form students a taste of university life while encouraging them to apply to a research-intensive university like York. We also provide advice and guidance on practical matters such as student finance and UCAS applications
Many of our programmes are partnerships with specific schools/colleges. However, some activities are open for individual student applications.
We consider more than just exam results in our selection process to assess potential and recognise achievements in context. Find out more about our contextual offers scheme which aims to offer a fair chance of getting into York.
York Experience Summer School
An opportunity for students to experience university life. We invite students from partner schools and programmes to apply, as well as Social Mobility Foundation programme participants.
Next Step York
A programme aimed at talented Year 12 students from targeted schools/colleges. It aims to support application to a research-intensive university through a range of interactive events.
Academic skills and EPQ conferences
A range of study workshops for Year 12 students and mature applicants. We also offer EPQ conferences to help support students working towards this qualification.
A collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. Coordinated by York, it offers a range of subject-specific opportunities for high achieving young people in Years 7 to 13.
A collaboration involving research-intensive universities working together to promote fair access and social mobility of students from under-represented groups.
Pathways to STEM
A programme designed to support talented students to achieve their aim of studying STEM at university. It's generously funded by the Sutton Trust and Kusuma Trust.
An opportunity for Year 12 students and mature applicants to explore specific subject areas in depth and to get a taste of what it is like to study at York.
York Science Outreach Centre
We offer dedicated laboratory space on campus at our York Science Outreach Centre which aims to inspire and excite aspiring STEM students.
Aspiring medicine students
The Hull York Medical School offers a variety of activities for young people to help raise aspirations and encourage progression into medicine.
Summer schools for Year 12 students interested in studying computer science or electronics at York. It's coordinated by the Engineering Development Trust.
Support and resources
As well as our programme of interactive activities we also offer the following support:
- Resources for 6th form students: we provide a variety of study resources for pupils who are working on assignments for Realising Opportunities or Next Step York, or an Extended Project Qualification.
- York Access Scheme: the scheme aims to improve access to the University for applicants who have faced challenging circumstances. It allows students to provide additional information which will be considered alongside their UCAS application.
- Support for care leavers: students who have been in care can get in touch with our care leavers' contact both before they apply and during their studies at York. We also offer a Care Leavers and Foyer Bursary to help cover the costs of tuition fees and living expenses.
Our annual conference gives you the chance to engage with knowledgeable practitioners.Find out more
York visits you
We offer a range of talks in schools/colleges.Find out more
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