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Starting in September?

We look forward to welcoming you to study here at York College in September. You’ve probably got lots of questions about what happens when you start so here are the answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have any specific questions that we haven’t covered below, please ask us! You can call us on 01904 770400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We have tried to make this page relevant to all students; however, there may be some exceptions. In particular, International students need to follow a different routine.

New Student Days

Prospective students who have attended an advice and guidance interview and received an offer of a place to start in September are invited to attend these events, which are being held 2nd – 6th July 2018. Invitations to attend will be sent from the end of May onwards. If you haven’t heard anything by 22nd June please get in touch and we’ll provide you with all of the details.

These days are a great way to meet tutors and fellow students, as well as see the facilities and get to know your way around College. The sessions are designed to help students prepare for the start of term in September.

To find out details on transport, lunch, what you need to bring and lots more, follow the link below for the type of course for which you have applied.

A Level New Student Day

Vocational New Student Day

Access New Student Day

Starting at College

When do I enrol on my course?

The main enrolment days for new AS Level and Vocational students are 23rd August to 31st August 2018: full details will be sent to you in July.

A2 students will be contacted by phone on the 20th August by their Progress Tutor to discuss re-enrolment.

The main enrolment days for full-time and part-time Higher Education students are 23rd and 24th August 2018: full details will be sent to you in July.

The main enrolment days for Access students are 23rd and 24th August 2018: full details will be sent to you in July.

Enrolment for part-time adult courses can be done over the telephone on 01904 770397 or in person at our InfoZone.

Enrolment Times

You will receive an email or letter confirming your appointment day and time towards the end of July.

If you have applied to study an A Level, Vocational, Access or Higher Education course and you are unsure when you should come in to enrol, please first refer to your letter which will be sent to you at the end of July or after this date contact the Admissions Team on 01904 770397.

If you wish to enrol on an Adult Learning Course, you may be able to do this by telephone. Please contact the Admissions Team on 01904 770397 or call into the InfoZone.

For further information about enrolment including frequently asked questions please see below.

What do I need to bring to enrolment?

Please remember to bring all of your official exam results, transcripts or certificates to your enrolment appointment, as without these we may be unable to complete your enrolment.

Some courses have additional costs and requirements – details of these can be found on the Enrolment Guidance Document enclosed with your enrolment letter. There will be a copy available here in due course.

Student Contributions

Students on some courses may have the opportunity to enhance their learning through the availability of additional resources or activities. The cost of these resources and activities are not funded through tuition fees or any other funding received by the College. The cost, therefore, is generally recovered from students through additional, voluntary, student charges. Financial support may be available from our bursary funds to support students from a low income background experiencing hardship, with these and other essential course costs such as travel and equipment. Students can discuss this with staff in our Student Services Funding Team.

Information on student contributions will be discussed with you at your Advice and Guidance interview. Details on costs and how to pay will be included in your enrolment information pack, which will be sent out to you in July.

What if I can’t make my enrolment date?

It is very important that you attend on the specified date. However, we understand that it may not always be possible. If this is the case, please make sure you let us know in advance so we can reschedule your appointment.

Please contact the Admissions Team on 01904 770397 to arrange a late enrolment date.

What if I don’t get the GCSE grades I need for my course?

Still come to the enrolment time that you have been given. Tutors will be able to advise and discuss the courses available to you and help you decide what to do next.

If you are worried and don’t want to wait until your enrolment time, support will be available from the College from GCSE Results Day onwards. 

You can call the GCSE hotline on 01904 770345 on 23rd, 24th, 28th and 29th August, 9.00am - 5.00pm. Or you can come along to our Drop-in Events at the College on Thursday 23rd August, 4.00pm - 8.00pm and Friday 24th August, 9.30am - 4.00pm. Just come to the main College reception.

What if I’ve changed my mind about the course I want to do?

If you have applied and changed your mind, or been to an advice and guidance interview and then changed your mind about what you would like to do, please ring the Admissions Team on 01904 770397 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is no need to complete a new application form.

If you change your mind after you have been sent your enrolment date, still come to the enrolment time that you have been given for the course you have an offer for. Tutors will be able to advise and discuss your change of course with you and help you decide what to do next.

If you are worried and don’t want to wait until your enrolment time, support will be available from the College from GCSE Results Day onwards.

You can call the GCSE hotline on 01904 770345 on 23rd, 24th, 28th and 29th August, 9.00am - 5.00pm. Or you can come along to our Drop-in Events at the College on Thursday 23rd August, 4.00pm - 8.00pm and Friday 24th August, 9.30am - 4.00pm. Just come to the main College reception.

Informal visits

It’s quite normal to feel a bit nervous about starting at College, but if you feel that you would perhaps like to come in and have a look around and ask any questions you may have, or just get an idea of where your classrooms will be, then we can organise this for you. Call the Schools Liaison Team on 01904 770239 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a visit.

Start of Term FAQs

When does term start?

Vocational students, both first year and second years, start week commencing 10th September 2018. You will be advised at enrolment which day will be your first at College.

AS Level students start 10th September 2018.

A2 Level students start 5th September 2018.

International students should arrive in York on the 4th September 2018. If you are an international student there is more information available.

Higher Education and Access students start week commencing 17th September 2018. You will be advised at enrolment which day will be your first at College.

When do I get my timetable?

You will receive your timetable on your first day at College.

What should I bring on my first day?

A pen and paper to make notes, and money for transport/food if you need it.

You will have been given instructions at enrolment if there is something specific that you need to bring for your course.

How do I get to College?

For information about travelling to College by bus and train, visit our York College Travel Page or call the InfoZone on 01904 770770.

If you are using the College coaches, your first journey into College is free. You will need to buy a bus ticket for the return journey home, and for subsequent journeys, once at College from the Bus Ticket machine situated in the Atrium or the Finance Desk (situated in the InfoZone). You can find more information on the nearest coach pick-up point to where you live on the York College Bus Routes page of our website.

You can also use the above link to see directions on how to get here, as well as information on travelling by train, cycle and motorbike as well as general parking information.

Term Dates

Autumn Term

Start 5th September 2018
Half term 29th October – 2nd November
Finish 21st December

Spring Term

Start 7th January 2019
Half term 25th February – 1st March
Finish 11th April

Summer Term

Start 29th April 2019
Half term 27th – 31st May
Finish 5th July

Training Days – 12th November 2018 and 12th April 2019

General Facilities

What catering facilities are there at College?

We have a range of places to go in College to get something to eat and drink. Find out where you can eat at York College.

What time is the library open?

Our Learning Resource Centre is situated over three floors and has specialist staff to help you find what you need. More info and opening times for our Learning Centre.

What other things can I do at College in addition to my course?

Our enrichment programme offers you the chance to try something new, develop your skills and meet new people. Information will be provided at enrolment, but for a taster, take a look at the Xtra-Curricular page.

IT Facilities

Can I access course notes via the intranet from home?

Yes. The College's Virtual Learning Environment, where students and staff contribute and share learning materials and tasks, is called Blackboard. Your subject tutors will advise you if they post information for you to access.

Can I use College computers?

Yes. We have computers available for students to use in the Learning Resource Centre and Hub areas. In addition we have classrooms which include Apple Macs for courses that specifically require them.

Can I use my own laptop?

Yes and the College promotes students bringing in their own devices and provides free WiFi. The College offers a free power supply safety test service for your devices. Details will be available about when and where you can do this when you start College.

There's also information about how to access the IT facilities, find your timetable, log in to your College email account and more.

What’s it like to study at York College? Will I settle in?

It’s normal to feel nervous when starting somewhere new – listen to these students to hear how they settled into life at York College:


Where do I go if I have any problems?

If you have any questions or problems with your course or any issues at College, see your Progress Tutor or Student Development Manager. You will be told who these are when you start College.

You can also visit the Help Zone, on the first floor opposite the Learning Centre. The Help Zone staff can provide students with the information they need and direct them to the most appropriate team in College who can help.

Student Services staff are available to provide confidential information, advice and guidance on a wide range of issues including travel, careers, welfare, benefits, financial assistance, emotional and practical support, health and much more. 

For appointments with specialist advisers or for further information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., ring 01904 770400 or call into the InfoZone (situated just behind Reception).

If I get extra help or support at school, will I still get support at College?

If you have a learning difficulty and/or disability and would like support when you’re at College, you can tell us on your application form. If you have already applied and not told us, don’t worry, you can contact the Admissions Team (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01904 770397) and they will add the information to your form. Our Learning Support Team will then contact you to talk with you about what support you would like whilst studying at College.

You can also self-refer when you’re on your course at College, if you find that once you start you would like some help.

 

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