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Student life at York College aims to meet the needs of students outside of the classroom. You don't just come to College for your lessons, you also come for the experience, the atmosphere and to make lifelong friends.

York College offers a rich variety of Xtra Curricular activities and events that develop skills to enhance employability and self-development.

All students are encouraged to take up a range of options to participate in new and exciting activities, develop personal skills, make new friends and gain valuable experience. Our Xtra curricular activities run on a daily basis, throughout the week at College. Each session is aimed to fit around every timetable and students have the freedom to choose which sessions they want to run and attend.

Put more in – get more out!

Quotes from students

See below for some quotes and experiences from our students who experienced life at York College OUTSIDE the classroom:

“I always found Debating Society really enjoyable! We always debated topics that were in the news which made it particularly interesting, especially because I study politics where having a good knowledge of current affairs is important. There were also plenty of opportunities to lead or chair debates as well as just to sit in to hear the arguments. This made it really easy to get more involved in debates you were passionate about, but also meant that you didn’t have to if you didn’t want to.”

“Getting involved with Xtra curricular has developed me as a person. Before coming to College I wouldn’t get involved in clubs or extra activities because I saw them as unimportant. Now that I have joined the Sirius group, I’ve made so many new friends and I’ve learnt so much about the world around me.”

“My Instagram is looking great since going to Photography Club, I’ve now got a theme for it and know how to enhance my images using Photoshop.”

“Playing football breaks up my day and I get the chance to spend time with friends on other courses.”

“Taking part in an anti-extremism workshop was interesting. I learnt that becoming extreme isn’t always intentional. It helped me understand how easy it is to be targeted and what issues different people face.”

“I didn’t realize I could learn another language (Italian) for free whilst doing my course.”

Cross College Workshops

York College hosts a wide-range of enriching and engaging workshops, covering a variety of topics including:

  • Building Self Esteem through Laughter & Comedy
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Prevent and Anti-extremism
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Sexual Consent
  • Road Safety Awareness
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Visits and Residential Trips

Subject Enhancement

At York College it's vital that we increase our students' educational and cultural experiences buy offering trips and residential visits to complement studies.

Many of our study programmes have specialist trips and visit schedules to enhance the learning of our students outside of the classroom. Some examples are as follows:

  • A Level Physics- day trip to York University - Nuclear and Astrophysics
  • A Level Geography trip - Cranedale field study centre near Malton - Geographical fieldwork
  • A Level French studies - annual trips to Berlin for A Level German students
  • Hospitality and Tourism - Florence, Italy trip
  • Hair and Beauty- Beauty UK at NEC Birmingham (hair, media and beauty trade exhibition)
  • A Level Economics - Bank of England
  • Sport & Uniformed services - residential visit to Italy - football stadium visit
  • Construction - residential to Martinique - building site visit

Responsibility for Enrichment

There is an executive team headed by The Student Development Manager with responsibility for enrichment, who ensure interests in clubs and societies are supported and promoted. If you have a particular interest and want to set up a group, then they can help. For any enquires/information contact: Ingrid Kellock via email or visit room 3F022.


Students are entitled to a range of discounts from a wide selection of retailers, restaurants and more. Visit the TOTUM website to sign up and find out more.

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