Next Step York provides talented Year 12 students with the opportunity to participate in a programme of activity that will support their application to a research intensive university like the University of York. 

We welcome students from all backgrounds to apply. We're particularly keen to recruit students from groups that are currently under represented in higher education. We recruit participants from targeted schools and colleges, including those who have taken part in our Shine project in Years 7 to 11.

Students on the Next Step York programme will take part in a series of activities throughout Year 12 and 13. The activities have been carefully developed to help participants reach their full academic potential.

Contact us

Next Step York
+44 (0)1904 324634

What's involved?

A variety of activities are included in the programme including:

  • A campus launch event
  • E-mentoring by a trained York student
  • A university residential and summer school
  • An academic assignment.

“I think the residential was a fantastic opportunity to help young people like myself come to an informed decision whether university was the right place for them.”

Next Step York participant

"I've learnt more about my strengths which should help me with writing my personal statement."

Next Step York participant

How to apply

Students who have attended a Next Step York information session at their school or college and are considering taking part, can check whether or not they are able to apply by checking the eligibility criteria and using the postcode checker.


To take part in Next Step York you must:

  • Have achieved at least eight A* to C grades at GCSE (or equivalent, eg BTEC Certificate) including English Language and Mathematics with a minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent at grades A*/A or B
  • Be a Home/EU registered student.

In addition you must:

  • Have lived, or be living, in local authority care
  • Be a recognised young carer
  • Meet at least two of the following criteria:
    • Live in a 'low participation' neighbourhood (check your postcode below)
    • Come from a home where neither parent attended university in the UK or abroad
    • Be in receipt of, or entitled to, discretionary payments at school/college
    • Be in receipt of, or entitled to, free school meals
    • Have a disability/long term health condition.

Extenuating circumstances

If you do not meet all of these criteria but have faced challenges, social, personal, or educational, which may have affected your performance in education, your application may still be considered on an individual basis.

If you would like any further information please email

Postcode checker

The postcode checker is used in order to assess whether or not you meet the Next Step York criteria ‘lives in a neighbourhood with low participation to higher education.’

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Contact us

Next Step York
+44 (0)1904 324634