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Information for parents of prospective students

As a parent you know that this is a crucial time for your son or daughter when making decisions for their future career paths and deciding where and what to study. At York College we want to help support you in what can seem like a daunting decision making process. Some of our frequently asked questions are listed below.

College or sixth form, which is best?

York College does offer a different environment to a school sixth form. Students learn in a more adult environment, and our aim is to equip students with research and study skills, as well as the confidence and self discipline, that will help them stand on their own two feet as independent learners.

Our students tell us that they enjoy the more mature 'junior university' environment that College provides, enabling them to be treated as adults, whilst still receiving the highest quality support and guidance. This environment promotes self motivation, good time management skills and prepares them for what university or employed life will be like. It is also a great chance to take part in a huge range of extra curricular activities, unmatched by smaller school sixth forms, and is also a fantastic way of meeting new friends with similar interests.

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When should my son/daughter/ward apply?

Your son/daughter/ward can apply in Year 11 as soon as they feel happy with their preferred course/s, and we would advise that they send in their application as soon as they can and no later than the Easter holidays to have the best chance of securing a place on the courses they have chosen. Please note that we will still accept applications that we receive after the Easter holidays.

If they are undecided about which courses to apply for, come along to our Open Events and Taster Days to speak to tutors and try out courses for yourself. For any further information please call the Schools Liaison Team on 01904 770239.

What will it cost for my child to study at York College?

If your child is under 19 on the 31st August before their course starts they will not have to pay tuition fees for most courses. However if your child is aged 19 or over, they will be responsible for paying tuition fees for their courses unless they fall into certain categories.

Follow this link for further information on what funding options may be available to you.

How can my child travel to College?

For maps showing how to reach the College, and information on College coach routes, timetables and costs please follow this link

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More info can be found on the 'Information for parents of current students' page.

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If you need any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Schools Liaison Team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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