Accessibility statement

Post-16 Access Schemes

The Department is committed to widening access and providing prospective students from a wide range of social and ethnic backgrounds with the opportunity to participate and benefit from a university education. Contextual Offers to disadvantaged students may be made through the York Access scheme and through the other development and widening access schemes listed below.

Next Step York

The Next Step York programme is available for year 12 students in the north of England who have faced barriers to education. Successful applicants design their own personalised programme, choosing activities most relevant to their development. The year long programme includes an exciting summer residential visit to campus and several months of diverse activities. If you complete the programme and receive an offer to study at the University of York, you will be awarded the alternative Widening Participation alternative offer which is up to three grades below the standard offer published in our prospectus.


Yorway is a widening participation scheme available to year 12 students who are underrepresented in higher education from the Midlands, East of England, London, the South East and South West. Please see the video below for more information about the programme and its benefits.

Black Access

The Black Access Scheme is for year 12 students from a black background studying at a state school or college. As part of the scheme, participants will attend events and activities created by current black students that give an honest and authentic experience of university life. Participants are also encouraged to develop skills and knowledge to support you in your current studies and when you transition to university. Those who complete the programme you may also receive a Widening Participation alternative offer.