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What can I study?

What can I study?

At York St John University we offer Foundation degrees, Undergraduate degrees and Postgraduate degrees. For details of our postgraduate programmes, please visit our postgraduate web pages.

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Foundation degrees offer a way to study for a variety of people, including those who are already in work, those who are unemployed, those planning to change careers or those who think they may not have the right qualifications to start an Undergraduate degree.

Our Foundation degrees have been designed with employers to meet skills shortages in the labour market. They have an emphasis on work-based and work-related learning, including work experience which is relevant to a particular industry sector.


Press Play imageUndergraduate degrees

We offer two types of Undergraduate degree – Specialist and Joint Honours.


What is a Specialist degree?

If you want to get under the skin of your subject and make an in-depth exploration of different aspects of the area, a Specialist degree will help you get a real understanding of your subject. You will also develop your transferable skills in communication and IT and the other skills that employers are looking for.


What is a Joint Honours degree?

Joint Honours degrees allow you to study two academic subjects in depth. This allows you to better meet your individual interests and enhance your career options. You may study to the same academic standard, and have the same amount of credits, as you would on a Specialist degree.


What is a Top degree?

A Top-up degree allows you to do exactly what its name suggests: to top-up your existing qualification (equivalent to a HND or Foundation Degree) to an honours degree. There are a number of benefits of doing this: by completing the top up course you will have demonstrated to an employer that you have the academic, organisational and management skills needed for your chosen career path.

Topping-up will typically take one academic year of further study for full-time students. A part-time option is also available.

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Press Play imageHow can I study?

You can study on a full-time or part-time basis, or if you prefer not to commit to a complete degree course at the outset, we offer flexible study whereby you can study for one module at a time. We can offer advice before you apply to us if you need help in deciding which course is best for you, and the best way in which to study.


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Academic guidance and advice is available through our Academic Tutor System. Tutors provide academic support, can give advice on module choices and skills development and implement a profiling system. This enables you to record and review your achievement and progress and make action plans for each year you are here and for your future.

Careers advisers complement the work of your academic tutor by offering guidance on the careers implications of choosing a module, project or work placement.


Press Play imageSkills training

Skills training is an important part of all our degrees. We have an impressive track record of providing opportunities for students to develop work-based skills and gain experience in a real work environment. No matter what your previous experience of work, whether you have had vacation jobs or spent many years in a career, this element of your degree will help you to make an informed decision about your next step and equip you with skills and knowledge for the future. We will help you develop:

  • Communication skills, including presentation and report writing skills.
  • Information technology skills, including the use of word processing, spreadsheet and database packages and web page design.
  • Problem solving, team working and other ‘people’ skills.
  • Work-place skills in the context of a work environment.


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You will have the opportunity to experience a placement which will meet your individual developmental needs. Past students have had placements at a range of organisations including BBC, Citibank, HM Customs & Excise, Houses of Parliament, Royal Air Force, Royal Shakespeare Company, RSPCA, Sports Council, Tyne Tees Television and Yorkshire Television. In the past, a number of students have arranged their placements in various international locations. These have included the USA, France, Germany, Africa,
Australia, Egypt and India.


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York St John University’s teaching day, in line with its commitment to widening participation, is 9.00am - 8.00pm (5.00pm on a Friday). In addition to the contact time specified on the timetable, you are expected to engage in structured and self-directed learning. You may also study through Supported Open Learning (SOL), via the Internet, with support from your fellow students and tutors, both virtually and in person!