The Black Access programme supports the progression of Black students from their first year of further education (for example Year 12, Level 3, Year 1) into university through tailored events and activities.

During 2020/21, our Access and Outreach programmes will be delivered virtually with some face-to-face events. We will be guided by government guidelines and University policy. We will work directly with programme participants and our school and college partners to keep you informed of progress.

The programme has been designed by students at the University of York in collaboration with the Access and Outreach team. This approach allows you to learn from the experts - current students! 

We welcome applications from students from a Black background, who are currently attending a state school, sixth form or college. See our full eligibility criteria.

What’s involved? 

Joining the Black Access programme gives you the opportunity to:

  • attend events and activities created by current Black students, designed to give you an honest and authentic experience of university life
  • develop skills and knowledge to support you in your current studies and when you transition to university 
  • get tailored support during your further education studies through to your first year of university
  • ask current Black students, about their experiences of studying and living at the University of York
  • get one-to-one support on your decisions, from what to study to where to study
  • meet other students who are also from a Black background 

Contact us

If you have any questions about Black Access please feel free to get in touch.

black-access@york.ac.uk
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Live Nights

Join us online to hear from our Student Interns about the Black Access programme and the opportunities that come with it!

The Black Access Interns will be sharing their journey and answering all of your questions between 6pm to 7pm on Wednesday 20 October, Thursday 11 November and Tuesday 23 November.

Register your interest

How to apply

Applications for the Black Access programme are open and will close on Tuesday 7 December 2021.

Apply to join Black Access

Benefits of completing Black Access

By completing the Black Access programme, you unlock a range of additional benefits. 

If you successfully complete the Black Access programme, you could be considered for a guaranteed interview or offer to study at York.

If you receive an offer to study at the University of York, you will receive two offers: the standard offer and the alternative Widening Participation alternative offer which is up to three grades below the standard offer published on our website.

The alternative Widening Participation offer is conditional on the completion of our YorJourney programme, which comes with a whole host of additional benefits that will support your transition to university life.

New entrants to the University of York who successfully complete Black Access are eligible to apply for a York Opportunity Scholarship

Depending on your residual household income you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary. 

We will provide further information about the financial support available at York and our widening participation offers to programme participants.

Eligibility criteria 

We assess your application based on the following criteria:

You should: 

  • be from a Black background, such as Black African, Black Caribbean, Mixed or multiple ethnic groups (including Black heritage), or other Black background 
  • be currently attending a state school, sixth form or college
  • be in your first year of further education (for example, Year 12, Level 3, Year 1) 
  • hold eight GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C) (or equivalent), including English Language and Mathematics* 
  • have the potential to achieve: 
    • BCC or above at A level
    • DMM or above at BTEC National Extended Diploma
    • another equivalent qualification
  • have attended a state school at Key Stage 3 and 4
  • have completed Key Stage 4 (GCSEs or equivalent) in a UK school or college**

We will prioritise students who also meet one or more of the following criteria: 

  • You have experience of Public Care 
  • You are seeking asylum in the UK or have been granted refugee status 
  • Your parent(s) did not go to university or they went to university as a mature student during your secondary education 
  • You have a household income below £42,875
  • You were entitled to, or were in receipt of, free school meals or discretionary payments at school or sixth form
  • You live in a neighbourhood with a low progression rate to higher education (check your postcode)
  • You attended a school or college at Key Stage 4 or Key Stage 5 that achieved below the national average
  • You have a disability or long-term health condition
  • You are from a military or service family
  • You are estranged from your parents
  • You are a young carer

* We understand that grades alone do not reflect a person’s full potential. We will be able to consider additional circumstances in your personal life or education that have affected your ability to achieve our GCSE criteria. Your school/college referee should reference this in support of your application. Please continue to submit an application or contact the Black Access team if you wish to discuss further. 

** We understand circumstances may prevent some students from completing all of their Key Stage 4 studies in a UK school or college (particularly for pupils seeking asylum in the UK). We may be able to offer some flexibility on this criterion. Your referee should provide details in their supporting statement.

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Contact us

If you have any questions about Black Access please feel free to get in touch.

black-access@york.ac.uk
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