York St John University
Welcome to York St John University
York St John University was originally founded as a teacher training college in the 19th century, and it wasn't until 2006 that it was formally granted university powers.
Since its inception, it has expanded the courses it offers and in addition to teacher training you can study for qualifications in arts, humanities, business and health.
Based in historic York, the modern university is a landmark and is wedged in amongst the culture, greenery and activities of this vibrant city.
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Courses and fees
York St John University offers a broad array of subjects at a variety of levels for students. Foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are all on offer, and specialist and joint honours are available for most degrees. If you need to study around your schedule, you also have the option of studying part time. Entry can be tricky, with most courses requiring on average 280 UCAS points for undergraduate courses, and 300 required for more popular courses.
There are three faculties and one school that makes up York St John University: the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education and Theology, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, and the Business School.
The faculty of Arts offers courses in media, communications, performance, the humanities, and art and design. It offers postgraduate, undergraduate and research degrees.
At The Faculty of Education and Theology you can embark on teacher training and study subjects related to children, young people and education, plus theology and religious studies.
The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences offers courses in counselling, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology, and sport, while the Business School not only offers business courses, it also offers accounting, marketing and language courses.
For more information on the courses on offer, visit the university's website.
If you want to study abroad, specially designed exchange schemes are available with a number of institutions in Europe, who also give you a scholarship to cover living costs while abroad.
The university also has options to spend half a year studying abroad at a college in North America on an exchange. All time spent studying abroad also contributes to your degree.
There are also opportunities available in Japan, China and Australia
For home and EU students, it costs £9,000 per year for an undergraduate qualification, and £5,700 per year for a postgraduate taught course.
International students can expect to pay £10,000 per year for most undergraduate courses.
York St John University has plenty of modern and exciting facilities including the signature De Grey Court building which is at the heart of the campus. It has extensive facilities for occupational therapy and physiotherapy students. In addition to this, there are brand new accommodation buildings and an upgrade to the sports centre that have been added in recent years.
The university is situated in the north of York, close to York Minster and the main shopping district of the city. York has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK, and there are plenty of things to see and do here to keep you occupied when not studying. Plenty of clubs, bars and restaurants await you, and a huge student scene keeps the city lively.
Library and study facilities
There's a three-storey-state-of-the-art library and learning centre on campus that stocks more than 175,000 books and has access to over 3,000 periodicals. There are also collections of AV materials such as DVDs and videos and access to a wide range of electronic information sources including electronic books. You can work whenever suits you, as the library is open 24 hours a day.
More than 400 open access PCs are on offer across the campus in the Fountains Learning Centre, De Greys Court and the Holgate Centre. Some computers are available 24/7 and you can use them to access learning materials in the university's virtual learning environment. In addition to this, Wifi is available throughout campus.
The careers team has close links with local employers and can help you find a range of graduate, part-time, voluntary and internship opportunities as well as graduate jobs. The team can work with you on brushing up your interview technique, applying for jobs and creating your CV through a series of workshops and sessions.
There are a selection of cafes and restaurants on campus, plus York has hundreds of restaurants, bars and shops all within a stone's throw. There are also several large supermarkets close to campus so you can keep stocked up on all your essentials.
The student union is an active part of life at York St John University, and they run a bar, shop and cafe on campus. As well as running social venues, the union offers advice on careers, volunteering and charity fundraising. It also organises clubs and societies as well as loads of sports teams, so you can easily find an activity to keep you occupied while at uni.
York St John University has a sports hall that has four badminton courts, a climbing wall and facilities for netball, volleyball, basketball cricket and five-a-side football. In addition to this, they have a fully-equipped fitness and conditioning suite with fully qualified instructors on hand to provide advice and guidance. Outdoors, there is a sand based and floodlit all-weather pitches and three grass football pitches.
Medical and welfare services
An NHS Medical Centre can be found on campus along with regular health sessions and a Student Advice team are on hand to provide advice and guidance on a wide range of issues and matters relating to student life. A counselling services is on offer as well as specialist services are available for those with disabilities.
Whether you need help budgeting, want to apply for a loan, or simply are finding life at university too costly, the finance team are on hand to help you sort your money out. They can advise you on how to be careful with money and can also let you know of any grants, scholarships or funds you may be eligible for.
York St John University has a wide selection of accommodation options, from on-campus halls to city accommodation and shared flats. They can also point you in the right direction for private accommodation if you would prefer to enter a flatshare or rent your own place during your time at university.
Both semi-catered and self-catered residences are on offer, as well as a variety of rooms to suit all budgets and tastes. For more information on the accommodation on offer, visit the university's website.
There is one semi-catered hall – Lord Mayor's Walk, which comprises of single bedrooms divided into flats. A small number of en-suite rooms are on offer, and you'll be given a catering card that you can use to purchase food and drinks from university outlets. The halls are located a 5-10 minute walk from the centre of town.
There are five halls and a selection of university-owned homes that you can choose to live in. St John Central offers en-suite rooms for 258 students, creating a cosy community experience. Percy's Lane and Gray's Wharf also offers en-suite accommodation and also has a small selection of studio flats on offer.
For something a little further afield, Limes Court is situated a 15 minute walk from the main campus and has accommodation for 143 students. Kitchens and bathrooms are shared and all rooms have single beds. The Grange offers students a mixture of shred houses and flats, so you can have a more independent experience, and City Residence also offers similar flats, based in the heart of York.
If you're interested in studying at York St john university then visiting on an open day is a great way of finding out whether it's the right place to study for you. During an open day you'll have plenty of opportunities to find out more about the university and the city of York itself.
You'll have an opportunity to meet with staff and discover what you will learn on your course of choice, can tour the campus and view the accommodation, and will also have the opportunity to discuss with staff aspects of the application process.
The next open days for both postgraduates and undergraduates take place on:
- Monday 4th July 2016
- All university
- Saturday 20th August 2016
- All university
The university has three terms per year. The 2015/16 dates are as follows:
- Autumn Term: 21 September – 11 December
- Spring Term: 4 January – 18 March
- Summer Term: 11 April – 27 May
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