Accessibility statement

York Strengths Online FAQs

Here are answers to some common questions students ask about York Strengths Online.

How long will it take?

  • The required elements of the course can normally be completed in around 2-3 hours.  
  • You may choose to take more time to explore the course. If you take part in the assessment exercises for each York Strengths this may extend the time. There are are range of optional activities and these will obviously extend the time. 
  • You can do it in one sitting with regular breaks, or you may wish to do it over several sittings to allow time for reflection.

How do I access it?

York Strengths Online can be accessed via the link on the main page.

If you are having any trouble accessing it, please email 

If you are a distance learner without access to Yorkshare VLE and would like to access the course, please email 

How does this relate to the York Strengths Development Sessions?

York Strengths Online and the York Strengths Development Session form a blended learning programme for first year undergraduate students to support you in assessing yourself against the nine York Strengths, identifying YOUR strengths and making the most of your time at university.

York Strengths Online provides the core content, as well as high quality optional discovery exercises to help you carry out a self assessment of your strengths. It's a great stand alone resource which all students can participate in. 

The York Strengths Development Sessions provide an added opportunity for undergraduate first year students to explore your strengths in a group setting, with feedback from group members and an external observer. Participants take part in a series of interactive activities, led by an Observer, and completed with others in a small group. The Observer will be noticing what you're good at and what energises you, as well as asking you to consider this for yourself.

How will you know I've completed the course?

It's really important that you submit your results in the final section of the course, to verify that you have completed York Strengths Online.

During the course you'll:

  • assess yourself against each York Strength and map your strengths using the York Strengths Grid
  • provide an example of when you've used one of your strengths
  • identify a goal and three related actions.

When your results are verified, your completion of the course will be recorded on your student record. You will receive confirmation by email and a participation certificate.

All first year undergraduates are expected to complete York Strengths during their first year of study.

Completing York Strengths is also the first step to gaining the York Award!

I have additional needs - can you support me?

We've worked really hard to make York Strengths Online as accessible as possible.

  • The course should work with most text or screen readers
  • We have provided transcripts, closed captions, descriptions of visual content and alternative accessible activities wherever possible
  • We have made every attempt to ensure that all the activities are accessible for everyone. If you are having any issues accessing the content or require support to take part, please contact and we'll do our very best to help. We'd also welcome any suggestions about how we can improve the accessibility of the content

What will happen to my data?

All information generated as a result of your use of York Strengths Online will be managed in accordance with the University's Data Protection Policy.

You will be asked to complete two forms as part of this course. The first is to register that you have joined the course. The second is to submit your results and confirm completion of York Strengths Online. Both these forms ask for your student ID or email address.

The information on these forms will be used to:

  • identify those individuals who have registered for and/or completed York Strengths Online. The data may be shared with your academic department
  • produce aggregate anonymised statistics to allow the University to better understand student needs and to create and tailor University service provision accordingly

No data on the positioning of the York Strengths or identified actions that can be linked to an individual will be shared outside of the Careers and Placements team. We may share this information back with you in the future to support your development. In the event that you do not wish to share this data there will be an option on the relevant form to indicate that.

Can I do York Strengths Online if I have already attended a Development Session?


If you attended a Development Session after Easter 2020 then you will have been asked to use York Strengths Online as part of the blended learning offer. You can access York Strengths Online at any point to complete the journey, or to revisit the content. 

If you attended a York Strengths Development Session prior to Easter 2020 the course provides a useful refresher and some additional content. If you wish to revisit your strengths assessment and/or review the actions you recorded York Strengths Online is also for you.

If you have any questions which have not been answered here, please contact