YorWay to York supports post-16 students to reach their university goals, and develop the skills and confidence to begin their university journey. You can even be considered for a reduced offer to study with us if you complete the programme.

You can apply by creating a quick account on our portal.

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What is YorWay to York?

YorWay is a two-year programme for students in their first year of post-16 study who live in Cheshire and the Wirral, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, the Midlands, and the south of England.

An outreach programme for students who are underrepresented in higher education, YorWay students may also have experienced personal challenges which make accessing university more difficult.

You'll choose from a range of activities across four modules, each supported by current University of York students:

  • YorStudy: Discover your perfect course through immersive sessions and taster days. You'll also take part in academic projects, and meet staff and students from our departments.
  • YorSkills: Get support with your studies and exams, and grow your personal skills through wellbeing workshops. You'll also learn how to prepare for, and make the most of, uni life.
  • YorUni: Try out a student society, explore campus and the city, and hear from our students about life at York. You'll also be guided through your UCAS application and personal statement.
  • YorFuture: Plan for an exciting future, discovering career paths with insight days and graduate mentoring. You'll also be invited to apply for Campus Conference and a Summer Residential.

Contact us

If you have questions about YorWay to York, feel free to get in touch.


Year 1

  • Oct 2022 to Jan 2023 | Applications open.
  • Jan 2023 | YorWay to York programme launch.
  • Feb to Jul 2023 | Get stuck into online and in-person activities to earn yourself 100 credits.
  • Jul to Aug 2023 | Summer Residential: Stay in student accommodation on campus and get a taste of life at York.
  • 31 Aug 2023 | Deadline for reaching 100 credits and unlocking YorWay benefits, like our Alternative Offer.

Year 2

  • Sep 2023 to Jan 2024 | We'll send you resources and host online events to support you through the process of applying to university and preparing for interviews.
  • Jan 2024 | UCAS deadline for applications.
  • Feb to Apr 2024 | We'll send you newsletters and host online events to support you with your decision making, applying for student finance, and preparing for your exams. If you've applied to York and received an offer, you'll be invited to one of our Post-Offer Visit Days.
  • Jun to Jul 2024 | If you've placed York or the Hull York Medical School (firm choice only) as your firm or insurance choice, and have an Alternative Offer, you'll be invited to take part in the YorJourney programme to support your transition to university study here at York.
  • Aug 2024 | Results day.
  • Sep 2024 | Start university!

Hear from our students

You’ll be welcomed as part of our friendly and supportive community, giving you the opportunity to experience what life and learning is like at York.

Benefits of completing YorWay

If you successfully complete all elements of the programme, you could be considered for a reduced offer (or interview, for subjects that interview) to study at the University of York.

If you are made an offer at the University of York, your offer could be reduced by up to three grades compared to a standard offer.

If you're applying to study at Hull York Medical School, see the alternative offers section on their Entry requirements page.

To retain your alternative offer, you'll need to complete our short transition programme, YorJourney, which runs for four weeks in the summer before you enrol at York. YorJourney is designed to support your transition to York.

In completing YorWay and YorJourney, you'll be considered automatically for a scholarship worth £1,100 for every year of undergraduate study.

The University offers other funding opportunities, too, including those for students from low-income families.

How to apply

Applications for YorWay 2023 are open until 10 January at 11.59am. You can apply by creating a quick account on our portal.

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We'll only consider applications that have supporting statements from a parent/carer/guardian and a teacher/adviser, submitted by:

  • 11 January at 9am for parents/carers/guardians
  • 12 January at 11:59pm for teaches/advisers.

You should meet all the essential criteria:

  • Achieved eight A* to C, or 9 to 4, grades at GCSE (or equivalent), including English Language and Mathematics*
  • Have completed Key Stage 4 in a UK state school/college
  • Have potential to achieve BCC at A level (or equivalent)
  • Currently attend a UK state school or college

You should also meet two or more of the additional criteria:

  • Seeking asylum in the UK, or granted Refugee status✝
  • Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background✝
  • Experience of Public Care✝
  • Entitled to, or were in receipt of, free school meals or discretionary payments at school/college
  • Parent/s didn't go to university, or went as a mature student during your secondary education
  • Live in a neighbourhood with low progression rate to uni
  • Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showmen or Boater background
  • School/college achieved below the national average
  • Have a disability or long-term health condition
  • Household income below £42,875
  • From a military or service family
  • Estranged from parent/s
  • Young carer

✝ indicates priority criteria. If you meet any criteria marked ✝, you don't need any others to be eligible. Places are limited, given based on priority criteria and number of criteria met.

*We understand grades alone don't reflect your potential. We consider other circumstances that impacted your ability to achieve our GCSE criteria. Your school/college referee should reference this in your application. To discuss further, please continue to submit an application, or contact the team.

Guaranteed and priority places

We guarantee places for students who've taken part in Black Access or Realising Opportunities (Uni of York cohort).

Places guaranteed subject to the completion, on time, of the student, supporter and school-coordinator application forms.

We prioritise places for students who've taken part in:

  • Realising Opportunities (all UK participants)
  • The Social Mobility Foundation
  • The Elephant Group
  • Roots to Success
  • Shine

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