There are some things you need to know and do before you begin your studies with us.
Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor
How will you use your time at York? And how can we help you achieve all the things you want to during your time with us? Watch Vice-Chancellor Charlie Jeffery explain the kind of community you'll be joining when you begin your studies with us.
Online course: Welcome to undergraduate study
Learn what to expect when you join our community by signing up for this two-week online course to work live alongside our college teams. You'll also get an introduction to what teaching, learning and assessment means at York.
It involves around four hours of learning per week on the FutureLearn platform.
Use your University username and password to sign up - see Things to do first for details.
Course begins: Monday 28 August 2023
How to use the VLE
Our VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) is the online home of your learning. It contains course materials, links to online seminars and lectures, interactive tools for discussion and collaboration, and places to submit assignments. Get to know the basics by watching this video.
Use your University username and password to sign in to the VLE - see Things to do first for details.
This module is mandatory for all students and must be completed.
The mandatory Consent Matters module encourages you to think about consent, to learn about communication skills and relationships, and to reflect on the need to look out for others.
You will need to log in to the VLE to complete this module. Search for 'Orientation' in the courses tab to locate the module.
Success at York
Want to know the secret to a great start to your studies? Watch this video to find out why using our Success at York Toolkit throughout your time at university will keep you motivated and get the most out of your time at York.
Now you've watched the video, take our quick quiz to set yourself up for study:
Your Students' Union
Find out what YUSU, your Students' Union, can do for you and what you can get involved in.
Further help and guidance
We have produced further resources to help you think about different aspects of studying and university life.
Personal safety awareness
Personal safety is important. See resources developed with the Suzy Lamplugh Trust to help you think about assessing, managing and reducing risk and conflict. Explore situational awareness and ways to defuse a situation, plus the importance of reporting incidents.
Online course: Inclusive learning
From inclusive language and accessibility to student-led change and decolonising the curriculum, find out more about inclusive learning and teaching in this short online course. We use the FutureLearn platform - use your University username and password to sign up. Course begins: Monday 28 August 2023
Union Black anti-racism
The module ‘Union Black: Britain’s Black cultures & steps to anti-racism' has been designed to drive cultural change. The course includes a mixture of videos, discussion forums, reading materials and interactive activities to get you thinking about steps to anti-racism.
Online course: Is maths part of your studies?
If your degree involves a significant amount of maths, this two-week online course provides an introduction to studying maths within a variety of subjects. We use the FutureLearn platform - use your University username and password to sign up. Course begins: Monday 28 August 2023
You'll need to sign in to the VLE to complete Consent Matters and our personal safety course. See Things to do first for more information about setting up your IT account.
For all courses hosted on FutureLearn, you'll need to log in with UoY credentials to link this with your FutureLearn account.