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Admissions Policy


The Admissions Policy (the Policy) provides the basis for admissions practice across the University. The specific aims are to:

- Identify the principles and a common approach for management of the admissions process, which is fit for purpose for all relevant applicant groups and is informed by good practice.

- Articulate the roles and responsibilities of each part involved in the admissions process

- Ensure the compliance of the University’s admissions process with the QAA Code of Practice

The good practice principles and ethos identified in this document apply equally to all categories of applicants who submit an application to study at University, though the university recognises that, for particular study opportunities, some aspects of the detailed guidance may not be relevant to an individual application.

Responsibility for compliance with the Admissions Policy and Procedures lies with individual members of staff, either in a central or faculty role, who have a role to play in the admittance of students into the institution. All staff with admissions responsibility must be familiar with the Policy, and associated Procedures relevant to their areas of responsibility.  The University will provide admissions staff with appropriate guidance, training and support.

Section 1 – The Admissions Policy for the admission of students


Section 2 – The Procedures and guidelines to support the implementation of the University’s Admissions Policy are updated annually as a separate document, and are issued to staff separately. (Please refer any enquiries to Admissions)

1.1. Principles

1.1.1 This policy lays out York St John University’s (the University) position on key matters relating to recruitment and admission. Except where explicitly stated otherwise, it applies to all applications both full time and part time to all of our undergraduate, postgraduate (taught) and postgraduate (research) programmes. This includes qualifications at certificate, diploma and degree level.

1.1.2 This policy is underpinned by our institutional strategic priorities, which are articulated through our strategic plan.

1.1.3 The University seeks and highly values diversity within the student community. We endeavour, through our policies to ensure that all of our students are given the opportunity to achieve their potential through studying at degree level and beyond. In line with this objective, the University is committed to recognising both academic and other personal and professional achievements of each applicant.

1.1.4 The University welcomes applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We recognise that student potential is not always evident simply through formal academic qualifications and we particularly welcome applications from those who are currently under-represented within higher education.

1.1.5 The University is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all our students. We recognise that the University community is enriched by a diverse student body. No potential student will be excluded from entry to any University programme as a result of discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins), religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

1.1.6 In accordance with our commitment to fair admissions, selection is made on the basis of a variety of criteria. Evidence of suitability for study includes academic achievement, professional and personal experience and potential to succeed on the intended programme of study.

1.1.7 The University is committed to continuous improvement to ensure that there is a consistently high standard of administration leading to open, effective and efficient processing.

1.1.8 The Admissions Policy aims to be fair to all applicants and to meet the legal obligations applied through relevant legislation and University policies. A list of the relevant legislation is in Appendix 2 and University policies are in Appendix 3. Many of the principles contained within this policy reflect the Quality Assurance Agency Code for Higher Education: Chapter B2 relating to Recruitment, Selection and Admissions to Higher Education October 2013 and the recommendations within the Admissions to Higher Educatoin Review 2004.


2. Aims

2.1.   The aims of the Admissions Policy are to ensure that:

i. All applicants are treated equally, fairly and consistently

ii. Applicants are appropriately informed throughout the admissions process

iii. Clear decision making by applicants and the University is assured National, regional and University strategic objectives are recognised.

iv. National, regional and University strategic objectives are recognised.

v. Students are recruited who will engage with and contribute to the University community, both intellectually and culturally.

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