York College

Sim Balk Lane, York, YO23 2BB

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About us

York College offers students the opportunity to progress their learning in a more adult environment, and our aim is to equip students with research and study skills, as well as the confidence and self-discipline that will help them stand on their own two feet as independent learners.

Our students tell us that they enjoy the more mature 'junior university' environment that College provides, enabling them to be treated as adults, whilst still receiving the highest quality support and guidance.

This environment promotes self-motivation, good time management skills and prepares them for what university or employed life will be like. It is also a great chance to take part in a range of extra-curricular activities, and is also a fantastic way of meeting new friends with similar interests.

Student support

At York College we are wholly dedicated to supporting our students with any advice and guidance they may need. While you are at York College YOU are important to us, from the moment you first think about joining us at the college to the day you get your qualification.

Whether you are a student, member of staff or visitor to the college you can access help via the InfoZone which is situated behind Reception near the main entrance. They offer impartial information, advice and guidance on a full range of services including;

Course Information and Enrolment 
Travel and Transport 
Health and Wellbeing
Welfare and Funding 
Personal Support 

Confidential appointments with specialist advisors are also available and can be arranged by telephone or in person at the InfoZone.

Opening Times

Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm
Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm 

Contact Details

York College
Sim Balk Lane 
YO23 2BB  

Tel: 01904 770770
Email: info@yorkcollege.ac.uk 

Information can be available in large print, Braille and audio. Please contact the InfoZone team for assistance.

What makes us different?

At York College, we offer the following types of courses:

A Levels

A Levels have an academic approach to subjects and are primarily assessed by written exams. Students are advised to take four AS Level subjects. Many students will drop one AS Level at the end of the first year, and study their remaining three subjects to A2 Level (full A Level).

Vocational/Technical Courses

These courses have a contextual approach to learning and are primarily assessed through assignments and coursework. Students should choose one Vocational/Technical course.

Apprenticeship Programmes

These provide a mixture of on and off-the-job training whilst being paid. Students should choose one Apprenticeship course.

We also offer degree courses and higher-level study, as well as courses for adults.

We hope this information is useful, and if you have any questions please contact the Schools Liaison Team on info4schools@yorkcollege.ac.uk

For further information on York College, visit our website: www.yorkcollege.ac.uk


We operate coach routes directly into College from many locations around the region. These are exclusively for our students and bring you directly onto the College site each morning for the start of timetabled lessons, and depart at the end of the day.

In addition to these, other operators’ services stop outside the College on interurban routes from Leeds, Thirsk, and Easingwold, amongst others. Please see our website for further details of where these passing routes serve, and for full details of our own coach network.

If you commute by train there is a fast, frequent Park and Ride service from outside York station to Askham Bar Park and Ride site, which is a five minute walk from campus, or simply use any of the other routes passing the College. With journey times of 10 minutes, getting here is easy.

If you live within the City of York, we operate a coach from Huntington and Fulford, with other operators’ buses available from Manor CE Academy, Chapelfields, Rawcliffe, Monks Cross and Heworth all stopping outside or close by the College.

Many bus operators offer discounted student passes, multi-journey tickets and weekly or monthly tickets.

For further details on travel information please visit our website: http://www.yorkcollege.ac.uk/contact-us/travel-transport.html

Matilda Austen
Beauty Therapy Diploma Level 3 

“I chose Beauty Therapy as I’ve always had an interest in a variety of different beauty treatments, such as nails, facials and waxing. I also have a huge passion for client care, so ensuring that the client is comfortable and satisfied with the treatment is one of the main objectives within the course. Beauty Therapy has opened many doors for me and has given me lots of opportunities for the future. I’m really enjoying Level 3.

The support I’ve received going from Level 2 to Level 3 has been incredible, and I’ve made amazing friends and memories at College. I’ve enjoyed learning new skills, meeting new people and pushing myself to achieve the best, with help from my tutors.

Next year I’ll be moving on to study the Foundation Degree in Media Make-up, Special Effects Make-up and Hair Design at York College. I’m really looking forward to it and it will help me achieve my goal of becoming a make-up artist.”

Aidan Hall
Fashion and Clothing Extended Diploma Level 3 

“I chose to study this course because it provides a natural progression to study Fashion Journalism, which is what I’d like to study at university. I’ve always been creative and have always enjoyed more practical, hands-on subjects, so this course was perfect for me. I began by studying Art and Design Diploma Level 2 which helped me learn the skills needed to progress to a Level 3 course.

I chose York College because of the great staff and facilities, which are on par with university facilities and provide a great experience of the fashion industry. York College has a wide range of courses which aren’t always offered elsewhere, so it was the best choice for me.

My experience at the College has been amazing. My tutors are wonderful and treat us as adults, which really helps to make you feel comfortable to ask them anything. The level of support is great and the atmosphere is really enjoyable. Everyone wants to do well and succeed.

When I’ve completed this course I would like to do a degree in Fashion Journalism at London College of Fashion. After that I’d like to have a career working for a magazine company.”

Jessica Llewellyn
A Level Law, English Literature and Philosophy, Ethics & Religion 

“Law as a subject explores a wide range of areas making it so interesting. I chose it to improve my ability to memorise and analyse, which will ultimately help me both at university and in the workplace.

I chose York College as I believe it is a massive step up from secondary school. If you’re looking to become independent whilst doing so in a thriving community, York College is definitely the place!

My experience at York College has been amazing. The tutors are so supportive of your studies and are genuinely concerned for your wellbeing. The facilities are great too.

I hope to go to Nottingham University to study Philosophy. Law has really aided me in gaining a place there.”