We'll guide you through what happens after you've submitted your application.

COVID-19 update

We know that you’ve been working really hard to achieve your goals and come to university, and that the global pandemic is a worrying and stressful time.

There’s still time to apply for 2020 courses which have places available. Discover our undergraduate courses and how to apply.

You can also find our latest advice and guidance online or please email us on ug-admissions@york.ac.uk if you have any queries at all.

UCAS will send us your application. Each academic department handles applications differently, so you may hear next directly from the department, the Admissions team, or from UCAS.

1. Track your application

You can track the progress of your application and respond to offers on UCAS Track.

2. The selection process

Given the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the UK government has announced that teachers in England will assess pupils’ grades following the cancellation of 2020 examinations and assessments. For more information on how grades will be awarded across the UK please visit the Ofqual website (gov.uk), the UK government’s exam watchdog.

If you're an international student, you should contact your school or centre for updates on how and when your grades will be awarded. You can also get updates for some of the most common qualifications by visiting the UCAS website (ucas.com).

If you submit your application before 15 January 2020 you should receive a decision from us by 31 March 2020. You'll receive one of three decisions:

  • conditional - you still need to meet some or all of the conditions of your offer
  • unconditional - you've got a place, although there might still be some things to arrange or documents to provide
  • unsuccessful - if you've used all five choices and you're not holding any offers you may be able to add another choice in UCAS Extra from February. Or if you haven't used all five choices you can add more.

Here at York, it's not just about your grades - we consider your whole application because we’re interested in the whole person. Our offers are made based on your potential to succeed and develop within our academic community. This means we'll consider all aspects of your application including your qualifications profile and any other relevant experience.

Some departments interview, either formally or informally, and if this is the case we will contact you directly.

If we offer you a place:

  • You may be asked to meet conditions, usually predominantly based on your qualifications.
  • Once you've received decisions from all your university choices you will be asked to choose a firm (first) choice of university and an insurance (second) choice.

Given the ongoing COVID-19 situation, you’ll need to check UCAS Track for your own personal deadline to reply to your offers. If UCAS does not receive a reply by your deadline, they will decline on your behalf.

  • Once you have an offer from us, we will give you access to You@York (excluding Hull York Medical School). Here you track the progress of your application and upload supporting documents. If you are an international applicant you can request your CAS.
  • We recommend that you read the Terms and conditions relating to your offer (PDF , 206kb) 

Request a deferral

All departments are willing to consider applications for deferred entry. If you would like us to reconsider your application for an alternative year of entry, let us know at ug-admissions@york.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Transferring course

Find out about transferring to York from another institution though our credit transfer and recognition of prior learning scheme.

Our student transfer policy also provides information on transferring from York to another university.

If you're unsuccessful

For oversubscribed courses, the number of well-qualified applicants exceeds the number of places available. So, unfortunately, some applicants may not receive an offer from us. In some cases, we may be able to make you an offer on an alternative course. If you don't receive an offer from us we will provide you with some feedback via UCAS Track.

For more information about how we select applicants, see our Admissions Policy.

3. Come to a visit day

In light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation we have cancelled all on campus university events and visits for the foreseeable future. To help you get to know us better we’re developing online events where possible. We hope you find these events useful in making the choice about which university is right for you. 

In the meantime, you can get a feel for our inspiring campus and historic city with our online tour.

Subscribe to our event emails for booking alerts and the latest updates

4. Find out how you can enhance your learning

Free short courses 

We know from listening to our current students that making the transition from school or college to university can be challenging under normal circumstances. To support you with this, we’re providing free online courses, which are designed by York academics.

They offer a short, interactive, higher education experience, and you can participate from anywhere in the world, totally free of charge. 

Search online courses

From the moment you arrive at York, we provide you with opportunities that will enhance your learning and set you up for a bright future in whatever you want to do.

5. Explore student life at York

University life is about much more than study. There are lots of ways that you can enrich your experience, learn new skills and meet new friends.

  • The city: Our beautiful city is regularly named one of the best cities to live in and visit in the UK
  • Colleges: Our colleges ensure you're part of a community from day one
  • Students' Union: YUSU is run by students for students - they help students share ideas, create change and gain new skills
  • Societies: Join a student-run society or set up your own
  • Sport and fitness: Choose from 65+ sports clubs and train in our £9m York Sports Village

Get to know us better

Who better to tell you about student life than our current students? Read the inspirational stories from our Humans of York (facebook.com) or chat with a student online and get your questions answered. Can you see yourself living and studying here? 

6. Apply for accommodation

You'll be able to apply online in the spring, after you've accepted York as your firm (first) choice or insurance (second) choice.

You're guaranteed a room in University accommodation during your first year if you accept York as your firm (first) or insurance (second) choice and apply for accommodation by our published deadline date.

7. Apply for your visa (international students)

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). You can request your CAS after you have accepted an offer. We can issue your CAS once your offer becomes unconditional, and not longer than six months before your course starts.

The deadline to apply for your CAS is 11.59pm GMT, 9 September 2020.

8. Prepare for results day

Given the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the UK government has announced that teachers in England will assess pupils’ grades following the cancellation of 2020 examinations and assessments. For more information on how grades will be awarded across the UK please visit the Ofqual website (gov.uk), the UK government’s exam watchdog.

So far the following results days have been confirmed:

  • A level results in England and Pearson BTEC Level 3 Nationals (both QCF and RQF) will be released on 13 August 2020
  • GCSE results will be released on 20 August 2020
  • Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) are aiming to release results for Highers and Advanced Highers no later than 4 August 2020
  • In Northern Ireland, CCEA also intends to publish results no later than 4 August 2020.

Further announcements from other awarding bodies and nations are expected in the coming days. As a result we expect the remainder of the application process including confirmation of results and clearing to run as planned.

If you're an international student, you should contact your school or centre for updates on how and when your grades will be awarded. You can also get updates for some of the most common qualifications by visiting the UCAS website (ucas.com).

9. Confirm your place

When you receive your exam results, or if you already have them, and you meet the conditions of your offer - we can then confirm your place at York. Even if you don't meet the conditions you should still check UCAS Track as we may still be able to confirm your place or offer you a place on an alternative course.

10. Get ready for your arrival

Congratulations on getting your place at York!

The 2020/21 academic year will start in September as planned in our usual term dates. How we deliver our courses will depend on government guidance on social distancing at the time. We are preparing for all different scenarios in order to maintain the excellent teaching offered at York.

In the meantime you can take a look at our new undergraduate information for guidance about what to bring and the things you can be doing now to prepare for the start of university. 

Contact us

If you have any questions about the application process our Admissions team will be happy to help.

Undergraduate Admissions
ug-admissions@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 324000

Prepare for university

We’re also developing an online programme of activities and events that will help prepare you for study at York and give you a head start.

Next Steps to University: From Choosing A Course to Your First Assessment is now open for registration. Topics include information about pre-arrival, budgeting, support and transitioning to university learning.

Register now

Contact us

If you have any questions about the application process our Admissions team will be happy to help.

Undergraduate Admissions
ug-admissions@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 324000