Credit transfer and recognition of prior learning

We accept a diverse range of qualifications, this includes considering prior learning as credit towards your York degree. This means you can apply to be exempt from taking certain modules on your York degree, if you have previous relevant qualifications or experience.

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate taught (MSc, MA, PG Dip, PG Cert and MRes) applicants, including those from outside the UK. It applies whether you're applying to study at York or one of our partners such as Hull York Medical School. It does not apply to research degrees.

There are two ways that you can use prior learning towards your York degree.

1. Credit transfer

This is where higher education credit gained from an alternative course at York, or from a course at another university, can be accepted as part of the course you're applying to at York.

2. Recognition of prior learning

We can assess whether you can demonstrate sufficient knowledge, understanding and skills in order to be exempt from studying some required modules. This can be used in two ways:

  • Prior certificated learning (formal qualifications) at a level equivalent to higher education credit
  • Experiential learning where your work experience and non-certificated learning can be recognised.

How to apply

  • If you'd like to make an application for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning you should contact the department you're applying to and then complete the relevant application form.
  • You will be responsible for providing sufficient evidence to support your application. This might include certificates of qualifications, an academic transcript or reference from an employer.
  • Your application will be assessed based on academic judgement by qualified members of academic staff.
  • All applications should be made prior to enrolment unless the department has agreed otherwise due to exceptional circumstances.
  • In most cases your prior learning should have been completed within five years of your expected start date at York.

For full details of the policy see: ‌Policy on Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning August 2018 (PDF , 1,107kb)

Application forms

Who to contact

Academic unitContact

Lou Cooke

Matt Jenkins

Postgraduate taught
Lou Cooke


Biology Admissions

Centre for Applied Human Rights Claire Fox
Centre for Lifelong Learning Amanda Pauw
Centre for Medieval Studies

Gillian Galloway

Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

Undergraduate and postgraduate

Centre for Women's Studies

Rachel Allsop


Andy Parsons/Katrina Sayer

Chemistry Graduate Office

Computer Science


Postgraduate taught

Economics and Related Studies


Postgraduate taught

Distance Learning


Jan Hardman

Electronic Engineering

Helen Lay

Postgraduate taught
Camilla Danese

English and Related Literature Admissions
Environment and Geography Undergraduate
Sylvia Toet

Postgraduate taught
Maroula Hill
Health Sciences Alex Bostock



History of Art

Professor Jason Edwards

Postgraduate taught
Professor Tim Ayers

Hull York Medical School

Language and Linguistic Science Undergraduate
Rachel O'Brien

Postgraduate taught
Mathematics Chris Wood
Natural Sciences

Kath Watson


Dr Chris Jay

Postgraduate taught
David Ingram

Philosophy, Politics and Economics Undergraduate and postgraduate

Katherine Bate





Kelly Speck

Research Centre for the Social Sciences

Zoe Handley

Social Policy and Social Work

John Hudson


Tom O'Brien

Postgraduate taught

The York Management School

Postgraduate Office

Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media

Anna Jones

The York Law School


Postgraduate taught

Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies

Dr Mary Fairclough

Centre for Modern Studies

Helen Jacobs

Contact us

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

Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1904 324000

Contact us

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

Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1904 324000