Starting in September?
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 applied to us are invited to attend these events, which are being held 2nd – 4th July 2019. Invitations to attend will be sent from the end of May onwards. If you haven’t heard anything by Friday 21st June please contact the Admissions team on 01904 770397 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.
Starting at College
When do I enrol on my course?
If you have already applied, you will receive an invite with an enrolment appointment. This will be sent at the end of July. Our main enrolment period runs between Wednesday 21st August and Friday 30th August 2019.
If you are unable to make your appointment or you have not yet applied, simply come along to one of our drop-in sessions.
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. You will also need to bring a form of ID, such as a passport or driving licence.
Some courses have additional costs and requirements – these will be discussed with you at your enrolment appointment.
What happens at enrolment?
When you arrive at our main entrance for your appointment, you will be greeted in the Atrium and asked to check in. We will ask for your date of birth to find your record. We may also ask to see proof of your results/qualifications. Before leaving the desk you will be provided with your enrolment form.
We will then direct you to the Sports Hall; this is where you will have the opportunity to talk to a tutor regarding your course. If you are under 19 and have not achieved a grade C/4 in Maths and English, you will also need to visit our Maths and English team to be assigned classes.
Following this, you will be directed to the other side of the Sports Hall to take a ticket and wait to be seen by the Enroller desk. During this time, we ask that you check your enrolment form is fully completed and watch our presentation which provides useful information about the College. At the Enroller desk, they will confirm your details and the details of your course. You will then need to collect your ID card.
If you need to see Learning Support, the Funding team or the Transport team, they will also be available in the Sports Hall to help you. We anticipate that the whole process should take no longer than an hour, although drop in sessions may be busier.
Can my parent/guardian accompany me to the Sports Hall?
Absolutely – they can accompany you or they can wait for you in Café 1827. However please be mindful that it can get busy in the Sports Hall and there may not be enough seating for large numbers.
Do I need a DBS check?
Some courses require a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and this will be discussed with you at your appointment. You will be able to pay for this if applicable at the Finance Desk at the time of your enrolment.
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 discussion, and your enrolment appointment.
What if I can’t make my enrolment date?
We understand that it may not always be possible to attend at your scheduled appointment. You do not need to contact us – simply attend one of our drop-in sessions.
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 please come along to our drop-in session on GCSE Results Day, Thursday 22nd August, between 12-7pm.
What if I’ve changed my mind about the course I want to do?
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, please come along to our drop-in session on GCSE Results Day, Thursday 22nd August, between 12-7pm.
Start of Term FAQs
When does term start?
Vocational students, both first year and second years, start week commencing 9th September 2019. You will be able to access your timetable 48 hours before the start of your course. We will also contact you via text and email to let you know where to go on the first day.
AS Level students start 9th September 2019.
A2 Level students start 4th September 2019.
Apprentice students start lessons at College week commencing 9th September 2019. You will be advised at enrolment which day will be your first at College.
International students start at College on the 4th September 2019. More information for International Students can be found here.
Higher Education and Access students start week commencing 16th September 2019. You will be able to access your timetable 48 hours before the start of your course. We will also contact you via text and email to let you know where to go on the first day.
When do I get my timetable?
You will be able to access your timetable 48 hours before the start of your course. We will also contact you via text and email to let you know where to go on the first day.
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?
You can find more information about travelling to College by bus and train here or speak to the Transport desk during enrolment.
You can find more information on the nearest coach pick-up point to where you live on the Travel/Transport 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.
Why do I have to display my ID card?
The College operates a visible ID policy for all staff, students, contractors, commercial and professional visitors to the College. This helps the College to ensure that only authorised persons are admitted to the buildings to maintain a safe and secure environment. All students, staff and Governors must wear their College lanyards around their necks at all times to confirm at a glance that they are a registered member of the College community. This promotes a positive and professional image of the College and reflects the working practice of most employers in business and industry. Badges, card holders and lanyards will be issued at enrolment free of charge. If a student loses their visible ID then they will have to purchase another at a cost of £5.
Start 4th September 2019
Half-term 28th October – 1st November
Finish 20th December
Start 6th January 2020
Half-term 17th – 21st February
Finish 3rd April
Start 20th April 2020
Half-term 25th – 29th May
Finish 3rd July
Training Days – 25th October 2019 and 20th April 2020
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 for more catering 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 York College Library information and opening hours follow this link.
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 on our website.
Where can I go if I need help and support?
Our HelpZone is situated in Lounge on 1 and is open every day during term time. For more information about what services we offer, please see our Student Support information.
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.
More information about how to access the IT facilities, find your timetable, log in to your College email account and more are available here.
What’s it like to study at York College? Will I settle in?
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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. Or you can talk to any of your subject tutors.
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.
If I get extra help or support at school, will I still get support 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.