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Xtra Curricular - Put more in - Get more out

Our programme of enrichment activities is called ‘XTRA Curricular' and we encourage all students to get involved with at least one of the activities available.

Xtra curricular activities provide a setting to become involved and to interact with other students. Leading to enhanced learning and development. Multiple experiences have a positive impact on your emotional, intellectual, social and inter-personal development.

Every year we aim to provide activities which:

  • Challenge you and get you thinking more deeply about issues
  • Keep you fit and develop new skills
  • Give you the opportunity to be creative and learn something new
  • Let you have fun and put something back into the local community
  • Help with your progression onto a career.

These activities may vary from year to year according to student demand but have recently included: Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, Sirius Group, Debating Society, Photography Club, Language Club, Badminton, Yoga, Football, Fitness suite sessions, Choir, Rock Band, Volunteering, work and community placements, Christian Union, LGBT+ and many more.

We welcome suggestions from students if an activity is not currently offered and we'd also like to encourage students to run their own groups to improve their leadership and management skills

University Challenge Xtra

Your Progress Tutor will assist you in your choice and also check on your progress throughout the year.There is also an annual programme of career talks, HE Fairs and support for UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) applications, and for those wishing to take a gap year, useful planning information.

We hope the information will help you successfully enrol to your own personal programme, and give you the best opportunities to enjoy your time here as you study.

Gym Xtra

Cross College Events

York College hosts a wide range of annual events including:

  • Road Safety Awareness Week
  • Health and Wellbeing Week
  • LGBT+ History Month
  • Mental Health Awareness week
  • International Women's Day
  • Multi-Faith Week
  • Safer Internet Day


What better way to get involved than by enriching the lives of others?

We can provide you with information about local volunteering opportunities; recent examples include St Leonard's Hospice and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Association. Or you could get involved in fundraising for a national charity event such as, Children in Need, Comic Relief, Cancer Research or any other charity which is important for you