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Starting in September?

We look forward to welcoming you to York College in September. Below are the answers to a few questions you may have about starting your studies with us. If you have any specific questions that we haven’t covered below, please contact 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, information for International students is available here

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 3rd – 7th July 2017. Invitation letters or emails will be sent to students inviting them to attend.

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 this link.

When do I enrol on my course?

The main enrolment days for new AS Level and Vocational students are 29th August to 1st September 2017: full details will be sent to you in July.

The main enrolment days for full-time and part-time Higher Education students are 24th and 25th August 2017: full details will be sent to you in July.

The main enrolment days for Access students are 24th-25th August 2017: 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 or Vocational 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.

If you have applied to a Higher Education or Access course your enrolment date will be confirmed in writing at the end of July. If you are unsure of your appointment time after this date please contact the Admissions Team on 01904 770397.

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

What do I need to bring to enrolment?

Your enrolment letter will tell you if there are any specific things that you will need to bring with you to enrol on your course. You should bring a pen and paper to make notes.

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, then we are holding a GCSE Results drop-in session here at College on Thursday 24th August 4.00pm – 8.00pm and Friday 25th August 9.30am – 3.00pm. No need to book in advance, just come to the main Reception. Staff will be available to offer advice and guidance. For further information please contact the Schools Liaison Team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can also call our GCSE Helpline on 01904 770345 for advice and guidance. Lines will be open 24th, 25th, 29th and 30th August 9.00am – 5.00pm.

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, then we are holding a GCSE Results drop-in session here at College on Thursday 24th August 4.00pm – 8.00pm and Friday 25th August 9.30am – 3.00pm. No need to book in advance, just come to the main Reception. Staff will be available to offer advice and guidance. For further information please contact the Schools Liaison Team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can also call our GCSE Helpline on 01904 770345 for advice and guidance. Lines will be open 24th, 25th, 29th and 30th August 9.00am – 5.00pm.

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.

For information from current students about how easy they found it to start at York College, please watch the below video:

Start of Term FAQs:

When does term start?

Vocational students, both first year and second years, start week commencing 11th September 2017. You will be advised at enrolment which day will be your first at College.

AS Level students start 11th September 2017.

A2 Level students start 6th September 2017.

Higher Education and Access students start week commencing 18th September 2017.

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, 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 follow this link or call the InfoZone on 01904 770400.

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). Our interactive map on the Travel/Transport page of our website will show you details of the nearest coach pick-up point to where you live.

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 11th September 2017

Half term 30th October – 3rd November

Finish 22nd December

Spring Term

Start 8th January 2018

Half term 12th – 16th February

Finish 22nd March

Summer Term

Start 9th April 2018

Half term 29th May – 1st June

Finish 6th July

Training Days – 6th November 2017 and 23rd March 2018

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. Follow this link for further information.

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. For more information and opening hours follow this link. All students are given an induction to the Learning Resource Centre when they start their course.

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 web 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.

What’s it like to study at York College?

Read what our students think about their time here.

Where do I go if I have any problems?

For any questions or problems with your course or any issues at College, see your Progress Tutor or Head of Studies. 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 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 more information follow this link.

For appointments with specialist advisers or for further information please visit our website, 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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