The required documents vary depending on the course you're applying to.
We'll provide a list of required documents specific to your chosen course at the start of the application process. This guidance will help you to prepare in advance.
At a glance
Mandatory for all applicants:
- Academic transcripts
Some courses have specific requirements, these could include:
- Samples of written work
- Personal statement
- Evidence of financial support
- Academic reference (Guidance for references (PDF , 57kb))
- Evidence of your English language ability
A transcript must be provided with your application before it's submitted.
If you've completed your studies
You need to provide copies of your degree certificates and formal transcripts of your academic record. This should include full details of the degrees, classifications, grades you've obtained and the modules/units you have taken.
If you have taken a qualification in a non-English-speaking country you must provide the documents in their original language, accompanied by a formally certified translation into English.
If you've not yet finished your studies
If you're still registered for your current course, or your undergraduate or postgraduate results are still pending, please provide an interim transcript of your results to date.
Any offer you're made will be conditional and subject to completion of the course concerned at a specified level.
These documents can be provided both during the application process, and after you've submitted your application via You@York.
Some courses require a sample of your written work to further demonstrate your suitability. If you're required to submit written work, the details of what is required will be in the application form. To help you prepare see courses with written work requirements.
A personal statement can be included as part of your application. For some courses it forms a part of the assessment process. Details of what to include in your personal statement will be provided during the application process. To help you prepare see course-specific requirements for personal statements.
Curriculum vitae / resume
Your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume can be uploaded as part of your application to provide further information on your prior experience and qualifications.
Get help with writing a CV from one of our careers consultants
Evidence of financial support
In most cases, you're not required to submit evidence of funding. A small number of courses require evidence, for example a bank statement or sponsor's letter. Where applicable you'll be asked to submit this as part of your application.
Details of an academic referee
This is an important part of the selection process, so it's in your interest to make sure that your referee is both appropriate and informative. You should provide an academic referee if you have graduated within the last five years.
Proof of your English language ability
If English is not your first language you may be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability to the required level, in addition to any academic entry requirements.
If you've taken an IELTS, TOEFL, Trinity ISE, Cambridge, Pearson or Duolingo English language test, please upload a copy of your certificate and we will verify your test scores with the respective provider. These documents can be provided during the application process, and after you've submitted your application (via You@York).
As part of the Tier 4 Sponsorship process, if you are currently studying in the UK and will not get your final result until after your course with us has started, you will be asked to provide us with formal written confirmation of progression from your current Tier 4 sponsor.
- Come from a central department of your University, e.g. Academic Registry
- Be provided on headed paper and signed
- Confirm that, based on your performance on your course to date, you are deemed highly likely to complete your current course of study successfully
- Give an indication of when the qualification will be awarded.
We recommend the following file formats:
- Word (.doc or .docx)
- Acrobat (.pdf)
- text (.txt)
- Scanned documents should be provided as JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg), Acrobat (.pdf) or GIF (.gif) files.
Each document must be less than 1MB in size.
Multiple page documents
If a document such as a transcript is more than one page long, it should be scanned as one file, eg a single PDF. It should not fill more than one of the document slots within your application, as there are only limited slots available.
We recommend you leave one slot empty to ensure you have space to upload your final versions, eg your final transcript and/or degree certificate.
If you need to provide us with further documents after you have submitted your application, you can do this via You@York.