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Find Year 11 Taster Days information here.

Our Year 11 Taster Days will take place on:

  • Tuesday 15th January 2019
  • Thursday 17th January 2019

You must have pre-booked a place in order to attend one of these Taster Days.

Unfortunately we are no longer able to take Taster Day bookings, as the deadline (Friday 14th December) has now passed.

If you require further information about our courses, please come along to our next Open Event which is to be held on Wednesday 6th February 2019, 5.30pm – 8.00pm. For more information about our Further Education Open Evenings, visit our Open Events page.

For more urgent enquiries 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..

If you have already applied for a Taster Day you will receive a letter sent to your home address containing all the information you need to know for the day. This letter can also be used as your travel pass on the York College coaches if you have specified you are using them on the Taster Day. Details of all College coach routes and pick up points can be found on the York College Travel page.

For more information about how to get to and from York College, please visit the Getting Here section further down this page.

Please note: If you are travelling from and to Barlby and York College for the Taster Day on Thursday 17th January only, please be advised that due to high passenger numbers route Green 10 will now pick up and drop off at Barlby instead of route Amber 8.

Route Green 10 will pick up at Barlby Hill Top at 8.05am and then Barlby High School at 8.08am. Route Green 10 will leave College at 4.50pm.

So still the same pick up places, but bus number is now Route 10 and slightly earlier times.

Please note that for the Taster Day on Tuesday 15th January route Amber 8 will pick up at Barlby as originally planned.

Useful information about the day itself

Do I need to wear school uniform?

No, but please note the following requirements if you have applied for any of the courses below:

Acting, Musical Theatre or Dance - please make sure you bring or wear loose clothing and suitable footwear (including socks) for indoor exercise.

Sport and Uniformed Services - you should wear or bring appropriate clothing (no jeans) and footwear for participating in a practical session.

Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy or Hair & Media Make-up - please wear a low heel, no expensive jewellery and black clothing if possible.

Construction (bricklaying, carpentry, stonemasonry, painting & decorating, plastering, plumbing, electrical installation, construction craft multi-trade and services multi-trade) - we would love for you to take part in practical activities on the day and get a real taste of your chosen skill. If you wish to take part in practical activities we ask that you bring with you safety footwear (steel toe boots). We will provide any safety glasses/gloves you require. Don’t worry though if you do not have these, although you will not be able to participate in the practical activities there will be other elements of the subjects you can try in the session.

Do I need to bring anything?

Please bring a pen and paper so you can make notes.

Lunch will be provided by York College*, however, you may wish to bring some money to buy a snack or drink. Alternatively you can bring your own lunch with you which you can eat in the College social areas.

*subject to availability

Getting here

You are able to use the York College coach services for your journey to and from College if these are applicable for where you live and you specified on your application which route you wish to travel on. You can find the College transport routes and timetables on our Travel and Transport page. This does not apply if you are using Reliance, First, Transdev, Connexions or any other public transport operator.

Please see individual operators’ websites for details of their ticket prices and timetables.

College coaches arrive between 8:30am and 8:45am. If you are making your own way here please aim to arrive no later than 9:00am (unless otherwise directed).

If you have any other questions about the Taster Days 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..

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