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York St John University Undergraduate Prospectus 2009 UCAS Y75 YSJ www.yorksj.ac.uk

York St John University Lord Mayor’s Walk York YO31 7EX T: 01904 624624 F: 01904 612512 Information Hotline: 01904 876598 Minicom: 01904 876653 E: admissions@yorksj.ac.uk www.yorksj.ac.uk

Undergraduate Prospectus 2009


Welcome to York St John University

How can I find out more about courses at York St John?

Contact our Information Hotline on 01904 876598 or E: admissions@yorksj.ac.uk

Fill in the tear-off card at the back of the prospectus

Come to an Open Day - details on page 14

Every effort is made to ensure that the information given about programmes is accurate and complete. However York St John reserves the right to make changes or cancellations to the programmes offered, without notice. York St John cannot accept liability for loss resulting from any such change.

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Contents

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York St John University

73 Foundation Degrees

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Our campus

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Community Arts

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Investing in the future

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Creative Industries & Technology

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What can I study?

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Rehabilitation

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Learn another language

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Supporting Learning

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Open Days

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Theology & Ministry

19 Degree programmes

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Visual Impairment

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American Studies

87 Student life

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Business Management

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York – a buzzing student city

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Communication & Culture

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Accommodation

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Counselling Studies

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Sport and recreation

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Dance

100 Students’ Union

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Design Practice

103 Get involved

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Education Studies

104 Study abroad

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English Language & Linguistics

106 Preparing for your career

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English Literature

108 Student Services

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Film & Television Production

115 General information

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Film Studies

116 Learning and teaching resources

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Fine Arts

120 Money matters

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Healthcare Practice

124 Returning to learning

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History

128 Part-time study

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Information Technology

130 International students

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Media

132 Entry requirements

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Music

134 How do I apply?

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Occupational Therapy

136 Information for parents

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Physiotherapy Full-time

137 FAQs

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Physiotherapy In-service

138 Terms & Conditions

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Primary Education

140 How to find us

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Psychology

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Sport & Exercise Science

142 Messages from the Vice Chancellor and Students’ Union President

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Sport Studies

143 Index

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Theatre

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Theology & Religious Studies

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York St John University – a special place to live and learn

York St John University really is a special place to live and learn. Here’s why…

Our history Founded in 1841 and receiving the title of ‘University’ in 2006, York St John University has a long and proud tradition in educating students. We succeed because of the quality of our academic teaching and the quality of the support we offer to those who choose to study with us.

Our location York St John University’s campus is just a stone’s throw from the bustling and vibrant city centre of York. The eleven-acre site on Lord Mayor’s Walk is in a beautiful setting facing the world-famous York Minster across the city walls. Our students also love the fact that everything is on one site.

Preparing you for the workplace Our courses are designed to give you all the skills you will need to enter the world of work. We have a great track record in getting our graduates ready for the workplace. The most recent figures from 2006 show that 95% of our graduates went onto work or into further education or training.

Investing in your future A major investment of £50 million in recent years has seen the development of exciting and cuttingedge buildings and facilities. With more student accommodation coming online in autumn 2008, we strive to make sure the University can meet your needs in every respect – see page 8 for more information.

Investing in you As a relatively small university, we get to know our students well and work hard to help you realise your own potential. Treating you as an individual is at the heart of what we do here. Our students

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leave with a real feeling of not only succeeding academically, but also with a belief that they have grown as a person. Many of our graduates say that their time at York St John University really was a lifechanging experience.

Supporting you At York St John University we pride ourselves on our reputation for putting students at the heart of everything we do and we offer a significant and valued range of support. We want to make sure that you gain the most from your experience with us, and we recognise that sometimes we all need a bit of help, advice or maybe just reassurance. Our services include professional advice, information, guidance, counselling, referral, advocacy, liaison, training, assessment and support.

A welcome for all We have a long tradition of welcoming international students, with increasing numbers coming from the USA, Canada, the European Union, Japan, China, Sri Lanka, South East Asia and Central European countries. Our International Office has dedicated staff, all of whom provide information and ongoing support to our international students.

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Profile Originally from the south, I’ve now spent nearly three years in York and it has certainly become my second home. Finding a university that was right for me was very difficult, but I’d definitely recommend York St John University to anyone who is thinking about coming to study here! After a whirlwind three years, my time here has been amazing - and I’d do it all again if I had half the chance! The best thing about being a student at York St John is the constant buzzing atmosphere on campus, the enthusiastic staff and the nightly entertainment in the Students’ Union – they cater for everyone! Being a campus university, York St John has everything you will ever need for being a student here, all on one site. Everything is within easy reach from the library, to the Crush bar, to the Students’ Union. Since the day I arrived the tutors and lecturing staff have been extremely supportive and they work hard to help you to succeed. York is a beautiful, historical city offering everything from awesome nightlife to excellent shopping and

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sightseeing. The city is quite small and compact so everything from the smaller, quirky specialist shops to the large high street shops and supermarkets are all within walking distance from the campus – perfect for us students! I’m working as a student ambassador whilst I’m studying here at York St John, which I thoroughly enjoy. It is an excellent opportunity to meet new people. It also means that I’m putting my time to good use between lectures, studying and socialising. The ambassador work also brings in a few extra pennies for that night out on a Tuesday to the Gallery! I have loved every minute of my experience so far here in York and I am overwhelmed by how many people I have met, not just from around the country but also from around the world. I hope you will come and join in on all the fun!

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Our campus

Our students live and work just a stone’s throw from the centre of the beautiful city of York. The eleven-acre site on Lord Mayor’s Walk is in a beautiful setting facing the world-famous York Minster across the city walls. The campus is just a five-minute walk from city centre shops, restaurants, pubs, galleries and numerous historical and tourist attractions.

The original campus which is built around a quadrangle, is complemented by newer buildings including the Fountains Learning Centre, the impressive glass-fronted building you can see as you come through the University’s main entrance. Fountains houses the library, IT facilities, a modern lecture theatre and numerous other learning and specialised resources. Another of our newer buildings is the Foss Building, which houses our sports hall - complete with climbing wall - and facilities for basketball, badminton, netball, indoor football, cricket and volley ball. In addition to all this space for sports performance, there is also a physiology laboratory, a biomechanics lab, a psychology lab, a fitness suite, physiotherapy labs and general teaching rooms, plus various offices. Other facilities to help you in your studies include a dance studio, drama studios, music rooms (both practical and technical), TV and film production facilities, editing suites and dedicated art and design studios. There is also a chapel on site and a student services centre. The campus has a number of catering outlets, and some of our students live in halls on the Lord Mayor’s Walk campus (which are just a couple of minutes away from the dining room!). The Students’ Union, with its bar, café, shop and offices is also on campus. We are continually investing in the campus and over the last six years we have invested to the tune of £50million. Further details of our investment activities can be seen overleaf.

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Investing in the future, investing in you

York St John University enjoys a fantastic location – right at the centre of the City of York. A major investment of £50 million in recent years has seen the development of exciting and cutting-edge buildings and facilities. The campus is now an impressive blend of the contemporary and historic, ranging from the Fountains Learning Centre to the quadrangle. The latest £15.5m development is a signature building (pictured far right) that is designed to complete the dynamic modernisation of the campus. Located in a prominent position, at a gateway to the city and close by the medieval walls and York Minster, it will link the city centre with the University quarter. Scheduled for completion in autumn 2008, the new building will house: l

New facilities for the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, including facilities for Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy

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State-of-the-art lecture theatre

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Seminar rooms

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Seminar breakout rooms

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Specialist and general teaching environments

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New postgraduate student support and advancement unit

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Institutional advancement and research and enterprises facilities.

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New student accommodation (pictured below) to the tune of £10million is also due to open in autumn 2008. This new accommodation will provide fantastic, purpose-built housing for over 270 students on a self-catering basis – see page 92. Other recent developments have included the creation of a brand new £2.5m C4C Centre, which provides facilities for students, staff, and creative partners to work together. A renovated Victorian Gothic chapel and a modern foyer complex house the C4C Chapel with state-of-the-art lighting, sound performance and exhibition facilities, workshop designed for collaborative learning, a reception foyer area, meeting room and a new media workshop.


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In addition, we have created another music technology suite, and our students will see the results of a ÂŁ300k refurbishment programme in the Design & Technology block (pictured above), which will bring the facilities into the 21st century. A new ÂŁ400k sports pavilion and changing rooms have been built at our Hull Road site (where our outdoor

playing fields are located), providing great facilities for our students and visiting teams. We are constantly reviewing the needs of our students and staff and we know that by investing in our University, we are also investing in you and your future.

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What can I study?

At York St John University we offer Foundation degrees, Undergraduate degrees and Postgraduate degrees. Details of our Foundation and Undergraduate degrees are provided in this prospectus. For details of our Postgraduate programmes please request a copy of our Postgraduate & Post-experience Prospectus, T: 01904 876598 or visit our website at www.yorksj.ac.uk

Foundation degrees Foundation degrees offer a new 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 who think they may not have the right qualification 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. See pages 73-85 for more information.

Undergraduate 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. This gives you the flexibility to build a degree programme that meets your individual needs rather than being constrained to one subject area. You will study to the same academic standard as you would on a Specialist degree.

How 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

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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.

Guiding you through your studies 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 to 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.


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Skills 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 get ready for work in the private, public, voluntary and self-employed sectors and develop a commitment to lifelong learning. We will help you develop: l

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Information technology skills, including the use of word processing, spreadsheet and database packages and web page design.

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Problem solving, team working and other ‘people’ skills.

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Work-place skills in the context of a work environment.

Work placements 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.

When will I study? 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 selfdirected learning.

Centres of Excellence in Teaching & Learning Students at York St John University are benefiting from new investment – and innovative teaching methods introduced through the Centres of Excellence in Teaching & Learning funded by the government. York St John has been awarded funds of over £4 million as a Centre of Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL). The York St John CETL, called Collaborating for Creativity (C4C), has built upon the excellence of York St John’s teaching within the Arts, and has expanded to develop notions of creativity in all four of the University’s faculties, to offer you innovative learning experiences. York St John University is also a partner in another CETL, led by the University of Leeds. The Assessment of Learning in Practice Settings (known as ALPS), focuses on Health & Social Care professional practice education, and ensures that students graduating from courses in health and social care are fully-equipped to enter the world of work. More information about the CETL projects can be found on page 118.

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Jessica Buie, Year 3, History and American Studies student is studying Mandarin Chinese as she hopes to work in China when she graduates.

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Learn another language

Many students value the opportunity to brush up their language skills or to learn a new language while they are at York St John University, and our Languages Programme allows you to do this. We have a team of experienced and enthusiastic tutors, including native speakers. We offer 20-credit beginners’ modules at both Level 1 and Level 2 and 20-credit continuation modules at Level 2 in the following languages: l

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Italian We also offer beginners’ and continuation 20-credit modules in British Sign Language, as well as Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People (CACDP) national accreditation. Many students take a language as an accredited part of their degree, but many choose language modules as an extra-curricular activity. There is a modest fee (£45 in 2008) and you may be joined in your classes by members of staff and associate students. The International Exchange Programme offers opportunities to further improve your linguistic skills while studying abroad (see page 104). A Certificate in Language Study is achieved by those who successfully complete both a beginners’ and continuation module in a foreign language.

New for 2009 - Modern Language Studies From September 2009, you will be able to study Modern Language Studies as a subject within the Joint Honours programme. For further information, please keep an eye on our website at www.yorksj. ac.uk where we will post further information as it becomes available.

Supporting language learning We are proud to have a Comenius Centre within the Fountains Learning Centre on campus. This languages resource and information centre is part of a national network, partly funded by the National Centre for Languages to support the National Languages Strategy. The Centre houses a large collection of materials to support language learning, including materials to support languages in the primary school and audio and video resources. The Comenius Centre also runs workshops, taster sessions, conferences and training courses related to languages. An adjacent IT room is equipped with an interactive Divace language laboratory, where you can work independently on listening and speaking skills.

Profile I am currently studying on the BA (Hons) Primary Education programme at York St John. I decided to take the Spanish beginners’ course as there is now a government scheme coming in for 2009 for all primary schools to teach modern foreign language. When I found out that York St John offered modern foreign language classes, I thought this would be an ideal opportunity to learn Spanish and prepare me for my future career in teaching. On the whole, this course was good fun and gave me a skill for life, inside as well as outside, the classroom.

Carl Newbould, Beginners’ Spanish student

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Open days

The best way to find out about York St John University is to come along and visit us. We hold a number of open days throughout the year. These are an ideal opportunity for you to come and see if York St John is the right place for you. You can meet our staff, find out more about our degrees, look around our facilities, chat to our current students and generally get a feel for the University. A team of current students is on hand at open days to answer questions about what student life is really like and to show you round the campus. Our Schools & Colleges Liaison team is out and about

throughout the year at conventions and school events, so feel free to ask them any questions if you see them on the road! If you need more information, call our Information Hotline on T: 01904 876598, fill in the card at the back of the prospectus and return it to us or E: opendays@yorksj.ac.uk

Can’t make an open day? If you are unable to attend an open day, you could come along to one of our campus tours, which are scheduled for 3.00pm on Wednesdays or 1.00pm on Thursdays. To book a tour please call 01904 876503. (Please note: tours only run if places have been booked.)

Open days will take place on: l Monday 30 June 2008 l Saturday

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We look forward to meeting you soon.

“I think your open day was one of the most organised and informative. York St John is top on the list!”

“Very student-centred feel to York St John and we could not really see how the day could be improved. BBQ was very nice too!!” “I thought your open day was very well organised and all the talks and guided tours I went on just flowed from one to another with very little time just standing around – hope to be back soon.” “I have yet to find an open day which has impressed me more than York St John did.”

Quotes from Open Day evaluation forms July – October 2007

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Profile Before I came to study at York St John University, I was studying for my A Levels at a small sixth form in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. One of the reasons I chose to study at York St John was because it seemed to reflect the friendly atmosphere of my sixth form. However the fact that it’s in York, a location that allows me to get the best out of my student experience as a whole, was a real deciding factor. I was very impressed by the open day I attended as it was so well organised. The students and staff there were available to answer all my questions about all aspects of student life and my chosen course. I was also very impressed by the University’s new facilities, the city centre campus and location, York St John’s friendly environment and real sense of a student community. When I was applying to come to university, I felt it was really important to look at current students’ work. I was very impressed by the high standard of the students’ work here, and the openness of the staff and students within the department as a whole. I think the staff-student working relationship is great here and all the tutors, technicians and support staff are all extremely helpful. Tutors are always on hand to offer help and advice via e-mail, informal meetings and structured tutorials. The tutors also have very high expectations and are always keen to push your work forward and give

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you the support to do it. I really like the high level of flexibility I have as I can specialise in an area that really interests me. As to the future, I have had an offer of a work placement at the British Council Art and Design Department in London which is fantastic and I am also hoping to do a Masters Degree at the Royal College of Art when I graduate from here. I’m really looking forward to the prospect of graduating in York Minster – I’ve heard it’s amazing! York is a relatively small but lively city to live in. Everything you need is on your doorstep and most places are within walking distance which means that you don’t have to spend lots of money on transport. The fact that the campus is so close to the city centre makes for a great social life. It also makes finding part-time jobs an easy task! I also work at the University as a Student Ambassador, so get involved with things like open days, interview days, school visits to the University and going out to schools and colleges to represent York St John – all great for the CV. When asked to describe York St John in ten words, this was my response: friendly, welcoming, modern, diverse, supportive, creative, growing, enjoyable, pro-active and fun – what more can I say!

Jamie Smith Year 3, Art & Design


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Degree programmes BA/BSc/BHSc (Hons) degrees 20

American Studies

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Business Management

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Communication & Culture

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Counselling Studies

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Dance

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Design Practice

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Education Studies

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English Language & Linguistics

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English Literature

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Film & Television Production

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Film Studies

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Fine Arts

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Healthcare Practice

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History

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Information Technology

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Media

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Music

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Occupational Therapy

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Physiotherapy Full-time

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Physiotherapy In-service

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Primary Education

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Psychology

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Sport & Exercise Science

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Sport Studies

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Theatre

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Theology & Religious Studies

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American Studies BA (Hons)

Why study American Studies? As the 21st Century advances, never has studying the history and culture of America been more important. American Studies provides a greater understanding, not only of America’s profound influence upon the world, but also of the way the world regards America, in an increasingly controversial context. Within our Joint Honours programme, you can study American Studies alongside History, Media, English Literature or Film Studies. You can choose different modules, according to your areas of interest. You can also take advantage of a brilliant opportunity to study at an American university on a one-semester exchange programme.

What will I study?

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America’s Century: The US & the World in the 20th Century

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Cinema & Society in America

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The Age of Anxiety: The USA, 1929-1960

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The Contemporary American City

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Screening the Modern Immigrant

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From Slavery to Freedom

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Ireland & America

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This exciting programme offers modules which are designed to develop your understanding of the history, society and culture of America, and will also complement your second subject area. The first year offers foundation level modules so is ideal if you have not studied American Studies before. These are built upon at Levels 2 and 3.

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Nation Divided: The US Civil War

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The Great Society: America in the 1960s & 1970s

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Contemporary American Literature

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Conflict on the East Asian Mainland

Profile I am currently in my third year studying American Studies and History at York St John. I chose to study here because I loved the mix of traditional and modern. I love the beautiful historic buildings, particularly the quad, but there is also the modern convenience of the contemporary lecture theatres and library facilities. I appreciate the fact that the campus is quite small, and it has a very friendly atmosphere. One of the benefits of studying joint honours is the flexibility it allows, I originally studied joint honours English and American Studies, however, I enjoyed the historical aspect of the American Studies course so much that I changed my course. I have found several modules very challenging, but my lecturers always make the subject interesting and enjoyable. I was able to study Mandarin Chinese as part of my course which was great as I’m hoping to work in China after I graduate. After that I’d really like to continue my studies to Masters Level.

Jessica Buie, Year 3, American Studies and History

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How will I be assessed? We use a range of assessment methods, with a high emphasis upon course work. There are no formal examinations at Level 1. At Levels 2 & 3, most modules include an exam which makes up 40% of the total mark for that module. Assessed course work can include essays, reviews and presentations.

What sorts of jobs do American Studies graduates get? Our graduates go on to various careers. As the course has a broad-based curriculum and develops key skills, it produces fully rounded, independent graduates, favoured by employers. Career destinations include: TV, media and journalism; public and private sector management; business consultancy and self-employment; insurance and financial services; primary, secondary and college teaching; university lecturing and research; museums, archives and libraries; and various professions, such as law, estate agency, advertising, politics, the police and the armed forces. Some of our graduates go on to postgraduate study.

Fact file Joint Honours degrees American Studies and:

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English Literature

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Film Studies

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History

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Media

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Take a look at the relevant subject pages to find out more about the different Joint Honours options. Attendance 3 years full-time 5-8 years part-time Interview No Approx no. of places 40 Study abroad Yes – see page 104 Entry requirements 200-220 points plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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Business Management BA (Hons)

Why study Business Management? There are lots of managers in the world, but how many of them are good ones and how often do we complain about something being “badly managed”? Good management depends on very clear personal qualities, such as our own values, skills and abilities, including:

Themes at Level 1 are: getting up to speed, understanding what you need to know and learning how to learn in a university setting. Modules include: Leadership & Management

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Economics & Finance

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Managing People

Creating an environment and culture for others to achieve their potential.

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Meeting Customer Needs

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Foreign Language

Good interpersonal skills, self-confidence and the ability to listen to others.

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Service Industries: Tourism & Leisure

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Having a vision and being able to communicate it to others.

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Being an effective communicator. This degree will give you the opportunity to develop managerial skills and perspectives, gain valuable experience in management situations and to specialise further in a particular aspect of business management if you wish. Being a good manager is about getting things done, working with others and acting as the essential link between organisational strategy and customer experience. You also have to be self-motivated and determined, and a bit of creativity is useful too! With our eyes firmly on your future in the jobs market, this degree is ultimately about the skills that will get you there and ensure your success.

Level 2 Themes at Level 2 are: analysing situations, gaining and applying knowledge, developing interests, making choices and gaining experience. Modules include: l

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Research Methods for Business

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Marketing Practice

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The Business of Tourism

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Financial Management

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Strategic & Operational Human Resource Management

Profile I found York St John a fantastic place to learn and study and the lecturers were the best resource a student could ever need. I graduated in 2006, and I have successfully gained a retail management position. The course was great, informative and relevant and the lecturers were clearly experts in their fields but always willing to listen and help. I use the facts and knowledge I learnt at York St John every day in my working life. During my time at uni I was a member of the Ladies Hockey team and really enjoyed being part of the club atmosphere. I was also a programme representative. York is a great place to spend your university life, the nightlife is varied and relaxed and the city is friendly and welcoming and good for spending a student loan!

Leanne Hill, Management Studies graduate 2006

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Computer Programming There is also an opportunity to undertake a work placement at the end of Level 2.

Level 3 Themes at Level 3 are: it’s your degree, focusing on your career options, specialisation, gaining confidence and assurance. Modules include: l

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Managing Personal & Organisation Change

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Business Environments in the Single European Market

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Organisational Strategy & Decision Making

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Entrepreneurship

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Tourism Policy & Planning

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Developing Web Applications

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International Marketing

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Strategic Corporate Finance

How will I be assessed? Methods of assessment are varied and will include essays, learning journals, reports, group projects, field work, work placements and oral presentations.

Professional recognition By choosing certain modules, you can gain the Diploma of the Institute of Leadership & Management, a professionally recognised qualification, whilst you are still studying for your degree.

What sorts of jobs do Business Management graduates get? Our graduates leave us equipped to go into a wide range of careers, including human resource management, tourism, marketing, business, finance and IT.

Fact file Specialist degrees Business Management Business Management: Finance Business Management: Human Resource Management Business Management: Information Technology Business Management: Marketing Business Management: Tourism Joint Honours degrees Business Management and: Communication Design Practice Education Studies English Language English Literature History Information Technology Media Psychology Sport Studies Theology & Religious Studies

UCAS codes N202 NN23 NN26 NG25 NN25 NN28

PN92 WNF2/ENF2 NX23 QN3F QN32 VN12 GN52 NP23 NC28 NC26 NV26

3 years full-time Attendance 5-8 years part-time Interview No Approx no. of places 60 Study abroad Yes – see page 104 Entry requirements 200-240 points for the Specialist degree/200-220 points for the Joint Honours degree, plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language and Maths. How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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Communication & Culture BA (Hons)

Why study Communication & Culture? Communication is a crucial part of how we live. Being able to take a critical look at how communication operates and with what consequences, will open up a range of options and enable you to develop skills and knowledge that will be of use to you in various ways. Understanding communication is particularly pressing if we consider the ongoing rise of communication technologies – mobile phones, the Internet, broadband, iPods, laptop computers, and so on – these are creating new issues around communication that need to be understood. We can also point here toward the growing significance of communications departments in big business. You can spend time developing a critical understanding of communications on social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Bebo, or other related sites like Youtube and Flickr? Or perhaps you are more interested in working with mobile phone texting, e-mail, or blogging, or it might be that you want to look at how family and friends talk to one another, the connections between people in your workplace, or in shops and nightclubs. It could be that you have an interest in advertising and marketing and you’d like to explore how professionals get their points across. This degree allows you to work with examples like these, and many others, to develop skills for thinking critically about our everyday communications. Overall this course will give you: l

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A versatile set of skills that will open up a range of opportunities.

Profile I was introduced to York St John while on an A Level trip with my sixth form. I was immediately struck by the friendly, warm atmosphere and environment, as well as the high quality of teaching. I felt the same positive feelings after coming to several open days with my parents. The tutors I spoke to also have an obvious passion for their subjects, which is an important factor for me. I was attracted by the flexibility of the degree programmes – the availability of a Joint Honours degree really appealed to me. I liked the idea of ‘building’ a programme to suit my personal interests and I was intrigued by the new Communication programme. Good communication is vital to everything, so I was interested in doing a degree which would help develop and study these skills to assist my future prospects.

Pam Bustard, Year 1, Communication & Media

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How will I be assessed? You will be assessed through a variety of different means on this course. We do not have any traditional type examinations on the course. Instead you will make presentations, prepare portfolios, write essays, perform data analysis tasks and make poster presentations, amongst other things, to enable you to develop different ways of communicating your thoughts and findings. You will also be required to work in groups for a number of assignments which will help you develop interpersonal skills. The types of assessment on this course are designed to stretch your imagination and allow you to be creative in your engagements with the various modules.

What sorts of jobs will Communication & Culture graduates get? Many large companies employ graduates within their dedicated Communication departments to handle all aspects of communication with the outside world. Careers in public services such as the police, health and social care, local government/politics all have need for both specialised and generic communication skills and insights. Depending on your other subject area, a Joint Honours degree with Communication included should open doors in areas such as journalism, entertainment and the media, personnel/human resource management, marketing, advice and guidance and teaching.

Fact file Specialist degree Communication & Culture

UCAS codes P900

Joint Honours degrees Communication and: Business Management Counselling Design Practice Education Studies English Language English Literature Film Studies Fine Arts History Information Technology Media Music Psychology Theatre Theology & Religious Studies

PN92 PB99 WP29/EP29 PX93 PQ93 PQ9H PP9H WP19/EP19 PV91 PG95 PP93 PW93 PC98 PW94 PV96

Attendance 3 years full-time 5-8 years part-time Interview Only for Counselling Studies option Approx no. of places 25-30 Study abroad Yes - see page 104 Entry requirements 180-220 points for the Specialist degree/200-220 points for the Joint Honours degree plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language. (GCSE Maths also needed for Business Management and Psychology options). How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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Counselling Studies BA (Hons)

Why study Counselling Studies? This course provides an opportunity to explore the nature of relationships, how to help others to help themselves and a chance to find out about how people see you. The themes of theory, skills, personal development and work experience are woven through the programme with a lot of participative and experiential involvement. The learning is built around your programme group, and reflections on your own experiences. You will receive training in the use of counselling skills. Learning about helpful interventions and developing how you talk to people are highly prized qualities in many occupations.

What will I study? Every week throughout your programme you will study one module which develops your counselling skills and your understanding of different counselling approaches. This involves skills training where you practise with your peers for two hours a week, and a Personal Development Group for one hour a week where you explore your relationship style and skills. In addition you will study in depth theoretical frameworks that enable you to place the use of counselling skills in a philosophical context and how it fits with your developing values. You will have the opportunity to participate in a placement activity to practise skills in the community.

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Profile I chose to come to York St John University as I fell in love with the city of York itself, I really liked the mix of modern and older buildings on campus, the high quality accommodation available and the community feeling offered by a smaller university. At York St John, you feel like you are a part of something bigger without getting lost in the crowd. You can never walk all the way across campus without seeing somebody you know! I chose Counselling Studies because I can see the massive need for support in a wide range of settings within society, and I wanted to help meet that need. So far, I’ve found it to be a course which has stretched my academic and theoretical knowledge base, together with developing my practical skills. It has given me confidence to work in a counselling-related area after my degree. It is a degree which is impossible to leave without growing as a person.

Becky Smith, Year 3, Counselling Studies

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How will I be assessed? You will be assessed in a variety of ways including journal writing, evaluating skills sessions, essays, presentations, research papers, seminar preparation, portfolios and placement evaluations. There is one assignment under examination conditions. Each semester you will be assessed on your developing counselling skills.

What sorts of jobs do Counselling Studies graduates get? Initially graduates of the programme usually find work in helping, supporting and befriending occupations with all kinds of people such as those with drug and alcohol problems, homeless people, those with mental health issues, families, in education etc. These jobs are located in local authorities and the public service sector, voluntary and private agencies. Graduates have taken jobs such as personal advisor, learning/behaviour support worker, mental health support worker, key worker in residential/day services amongst others. Others pursue a professional training either on graduating or after a year or two of experience. They have gone into areas such as probation, social work, counselling, police work, nursing and law.

Fact file Specialist degree Counselling Studies

UCAS codes L540

Joint Honours degrees Counselling Studies and: Communication

PB99

Education Studies

LX53

English Language

BQ93

Psychology

LC58

Theology & Religious Studies

LV56

Attendance 3 years full-time 5-8 years part-time Interview Yes, there will be an individual interview, plus a short group exercise. Approx no. of places 50 Study abroad Yes - see page 104 Entry requirements 180-200 points for the Specialist degree/200220 points for the Joint Honours degrees plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language (GCSE Maths also needed for Psychology option). How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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Dance BA (Hons)

Why study Dance?

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Dance is a vibrant and dynamic art form with a range of professional opportunities. You will have the opportunity to realise your creative potential through an exciting range of diverse dance activity. Dance performance, dance making and dance research are an important part of the cultural landscape. Dance skills are applicable to a wide variety of contexts. Dance offers the possibility to develop:

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creative physical skills and body knowledge. We have established working partnerships with organisations such as the York Performing Arts Service, Sight Sonic Digital Festival and York Dance Week Festival.

What will I study? We offer an exciting programme providing a broad insight into the choreographing, performing and spectating of live and recorded contemporary dance work. You will also consider how other art forms (including music and theatre) have impacted on the development of dance.

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Profile I built great working relationships with my tutors and also the technicians, media services, and other University staff, which helped me to get many performance and choreographic opportunities. In my second year, I performed with the Yorkshire Dance Agency and in my third year I was vice chair of the Dance Society. I helped to organise two dance shows and a ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ charity night. Also in my third year I had a placement at York College, performed professionally-choreographed pieces around the local area and undertook a community project/performance at York District Hospital. Now I have finished at York St John I am doing a PGCE Secondary: Dance course at University of Exeter. This is the only A-rated course for PGCE dance in the country. I feel that the support I received and the opportunities I have had at York St John have enabled me to be accepted onto this prestigious course.

Nicola Foyle, Dance graduate 2007

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How will I be assessed? You will submit written work in the form of individual essays or journals. You will be involved in group and individual presentations, vivas, seminars and lecture-demonstrations. You will also perform technical studies, your own choreographic work or work choreographed for you.

What sorts of jobs do Dance graduates get? Careers are available to dance-trained graduates in choreography, performance, arts administration and management. Graduates set up their own companies to produce work as community arts practitioners, visiting dance artists in schools, performers and choreographers. Dancers pursue further specialist training to become dance therapists or postgraduate study to undertake academic research into areas such as choreography or anthropology. PGCE qualifications offer graduates the option of a career in dance teaching. A training in dance at York St John University is a solid foundation for diverse careers requiring excellence in communication and interpersonal skills.

Fact file Specialist degree Dance

UCAS code W500

3 years full-time Attendance 5-8 years part-time Interview/audition There will be a practical workshop and discussion Approx no. of places 25 Study abroad Yes - see page 104 Entry requirements 200-220 points plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language. How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134 . How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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Design Practice BA (Hons)

Why study Design Practice? If you have experience in the practice or study of art and design, textiles or design and technology you will be in an excellent position to make an application to what is one of the most innovative and exciting creative courses in the country. Design Practice is a career-relevant degree in which you will develop an extensive range of professional subject knowledge and technical skills. Employers in the creative industries sector will find the skills you will develop on this degree course, extremely valuable. You will have the opportunity to undertake specialist study in one of the following areas and to explore working practices across them all, thus making you more employable when you graduate: l

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History & Cultural Contexts and Design Now where you will look at the complex context in which contemporary professional design practice takes place and study the work of important designers and design movements.

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Visual Research Methodology to help you develop your creative thinking, research and visual communication.

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Navigating ICT to enable you to undertake your designs with more confidence and understanding in the context of computer aided design and manufacture.

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Profile I have always had a keen interest in product design, graphic design and architecture, so it was difficult for me to decide what area to specialise in when going to University. The Design Practice course at York St John incorporates all areas of design allowing you to find the areas you excel in. So far, I have really enjoyed my course. Being able to carry out live briefs with external clients has helped me to get a greater insight into the design industry and also gain some valuable links. Since I started the course the Design Centre, where our course is based, has been constantly evolving and is full of cutting-edge facilities and technologies. After graduation I am planning to take some time out in order to take one of my designs into production. Alongside that I am also applying for various jobs in the product design field, aspiring to pursue a career in design.

John Green, Year 3, Design Practice

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How will I be assessed? Tutorials are an important element of your work enabling you to meet your tutor regularly. These take place when you are planning your project work and provide guidance and helpful feedback. You will normally be assessed through presentation of your course work at the end of each module. You will then receive written and verbal feedback on your progress.

What are the Design Practice facilities like? You will have access to extensive, spacious studios, workshops and ICT centres all located in the newly refurbished Design Centre building. State-of-the-art CAD/CAM facilities support work in both textiles and product design. This includes industry standard printing facilities, a new Z Corp printer and three axis CNC millers. ICT software now includes Solid Works, 3D Studio Max, Maya, Concept 3D, U4ia, Photoshop amongst others.

What sorts of careers do Design Practice graduates have? The latest Government Creative Industries Mapping document indicates that over one million designers are currently employed in over 250,000 British companies. In addition to this, others are working freelance as consultants or running their own businesses. A similar employment picture exists in Europe and in the broader global marketplace. The creative industries employment sector is the largest growing part of the UK national economy. Many Design Practice graduates are working as designers in well known organisations, such as Diadora, Skopos and Carleton Furniture. Others are running their own small businesses or studying at postgraduate level.

Fact file Specialist degree Design Practice

UCAS codes Route A Route B W290 E290

Joint Honours degrees Design Practice and: Business Management

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Communication

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Film & TV Production

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EP2H

Fine Arts

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Information Technology

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3 years full-time 5-8 years part-time

Approx no. of places 50 Study abroad Yes - see page 104 Entry requirements 200 points for the Specialist degree/200-220 points for the Joint Honours degrees plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language (GCSE Maths at grade C or above, is also needed for Business Management option). How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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Education Studies BA (Hons)

Why study Education Studies? Through the study of education, in its many guises, we will ask questions and seek answers. Our first question might be ‘What is education?’ Think for a second about this. What comes into your head? What does it mean to be educated? What would an educated person look like? Or act like? What does it mean when we say that we have had a good education? The Education Studies programme will help you to discover the answers to these and other questions. The programme will help you develop a good understanding of human learning and how this can be used to comprehend educational experiences. You will look at the philosophies of education, considering important issues such as global education, social justice and social inclusion.

What will I study? Education Studies will give you the opportunity to study key issues in education. It will draw from a wide range of disciplines so that you will come to understand the very dynamic processes at work in every sector of education. It will challenge you to look at your own education with fresh eyes, to consider political decisions with greater understanding, to evaluate major education movements with greater objectivity and to express your own ideas with greater clarity.

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Profile After being a teaching assistant for six years at both a primary and secondary school, I wanted to learn more about the basis of education – but without the children for a change! The people involved with my course are friendly, as is York St John generally and so far the course has been really interesting. When I graduate I’m hoping to go onto either a PGCE or a Graduate Teaching Programme (GTP) so that I can become a teacher.

Samantha Fowler, Year 2, Education Studies

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How will I be assessed? There are no examinations on this degree programme. Instead you will be assessed through a mixture of creative and analytical assignments within each module. This may involve essays, critiques, collaborative projects, presentations and analyses, together with assignments which encourage you to reflect on your own learning experiences and insights.

What sorts of jobs do Education Studies graduates get? The knowledge, understanding, experience and skills you gain from a programme like Education Studies will be applicable to a wide range of professions and occupations in the public and private sectors. It is anticipated that our graduates may go on to careers such as education administration, public sector management, training officer, research officer/assistant, social worker, education guidance and counselling, personnel officer, support worker, youth worker, librarianship, journalism and communications and the media. Others may wish to enter the teaching profession. Those with such career ambitions will be required to gain a PGCE. Others may go on to further education at postgraduate level.

Fact file Specialist degree Education Studies

UCAS codes X302

Joint Honours degrees Education Studies and: Business Management

NX23

Communication

PX93

Counselling Studies

LX53

English Language

XQ33

English Literature

XQ3H

History

VX13

Information Technology

GX53

Music

WX33

Theology & Religious Studies

VX63

Attendance 3 years full-time 5-8 years part-time Interview Only for Counselling Studies option Approx no. of places 25 Study abroad No Entry requirements 200-220 points plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language. (GCSE Maths also needed for Business Management option). How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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English Language & Linguistics BA (Hons)

Why study English Language & Linguistics?

What will I study? You will study a range of modules throughout your degree. The list below contains both compulsory modules, which everyone takes, and optional modules, where you have a free choice. Not all modules are available every semester, but the list gives an indication of the sorts of topics that will be available.

The study of English Language & Linguistics will enable you to appreciate how important the use of language is in all aspects of our lives. Human language is a creative, sophisticated tool that we use for many purposes. It is a communication system that relies for its expression on the human brain and body. It is also a social activity that reflects the attitudes and values of the larger culture that produces it. While each individual acquires his or her own language ‘fingerprints’ that are unique, there are also striking similarities between the forms of language used by the members of social groups such as age groups, gender groups and cultural groups. As well as acquiring and using language, human beings also express strong attitudes towards it. For example, we each have our own favourite and least favourite accent or dialect. We have opinions about the acceptability of new forms of language. We like or dislike being named and described in certain ways. New forms of communication, such as e-mail, texting and instant messaging, have opened up new and interesting fields for the study of language as a form of social behaviour. The English Language & Linguistics programme at York St John University is distinctive in its focus on real-world applications for language study, offering you the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to real language data.

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Profile I chose my course as I find the English language fascinating and wanted to find out more about it. My course was great. The lecturers were fantastic and made you genuinely interested in the subject matter. It was also easy to talk to them if you had any problems or issues. It was also really nice to have small lecture groups. I did a three-week work experience as one of my modules and this gave me a real interest in going into publishing. After I graduated I began looking for work experience in publishing houses and I did a course in Editing and Proofreading. After completing several work experience placements at different publishers and getting some letters of recommendation I got a job as an Assistant Editor for Scholastic Education Publishing. Ten months later I was promoted to Project Editor. I have been there over a year now and am still learning lots and enjoying my job just as much.

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How will I be assessed? Assessment is designed to be varied. You may be assessed by essay, portfolio of work, project, presentation, online work, class test or examination. We do try to keep examinations to a minimum throughout the degree.

What sorts of jobs do English Language & Linguistics graduates get? Graduates have gone on to a wide range of careers in fields such as teaching, both in the UK and overseas, publishing and journalism, advertising and marketing, management, IT, social work and speech and language therapy. Around half of our graduates go on to further study.

Fact file Specialist degree English Language & Linguistics

UCAS codes Q101

Joint Honours degrees English Language and: Business Management

QN3F

Communication

PQ93

Counselling Studies

BQ93

Education Studies

XQ33

English Literature

Q390

Information Technology

GQ5H

Psychology

QC3V

Theology & Religious Studies

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Attendance 3 years full-time 5-8 years part-time Interview Only for Counselling Studies option Approx no. of places 45 Study abroad Yes - see page 104 Entry requirements 200-240 points for the Specialist degree/200220 points for the Joint Honours degrees plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language. (GCSE Maths also needed for Business Management and Psychology options). How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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English Literature BA (Hons)

Why study English Literature? We are bombarded with words and surrounded by stories – stories told to inform us, to entertain us, to unnerve us, to make us cry, to make us laugh, to make us buy things. Understanding how stories work – and how they appeal to us, persuade us and affect us – is part of understanding the world we live in. Studying English Literature at York St John University is about more than the study of great books. Of course, you will study great books, but you can also take modules in exciting areas such as children’s literature, creative writing, or in popular forms like horror fiction. We also offer modules in contemporary writing, gender and women’s writing, and American literature. You will also have the opportunity to take a fresh look at more traditional areas – we offer modules on Shakespeare, the Romantic poets, and 19th century writing.

What will I study? You will study a range of texts of different kinds and from different periods. These might include not only novels, plays and poems, but also films, advertisements and adaptations.

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Researching Genre Fictions Gothic & Horror Cultures of Childhood Literary Theory Working with Words 19th Century Writing Literature, Space & Place Creative Writing

Profile When I was looking around for a university place, I wanted a small, friendly university in the north - and York St John fitted the bill perfectly. My parents both recommended it as well as they both completed postgraduate courses here. The best thing about being a York St John student is that you get lots of individual attention, you don’t just feel like a number. And it’s a very friendly place to be. The variety of books we studied was very interesting – I got to read a lot of different types of texts. I’m doing the MA in Literature Studies now and it’s a lot more challenging but still very enjoyable - I’m loving it. York’s a fantastic city to live in because it combines the historical and the modern very well – you can get pretty much anything you need within the city walls, and there’s some great places to eat and socialise. I have made some really good friends here.

Fran Tomlin, English Literature graduate 2006

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Level 3 Level 3 offers the possibility of looking closely at literature from other parts of the world, such as Ireland, America, or the post-colonial world; at literature from the 18th century, the Renaissance or the Romantic period, or at popular culture. You will also write an undergraduate dissertation or research project on a subject of your choice. l l l l l l l l

The Study of Shakespeare The Romantics Early 20th Century Writing Post-War American Literature Modern Irish Writing Gender, Sexualities & Contemporary Popular Culture Sex & the City: Culture & Society in the 18th Century Metropolis Dissertation

How will I be assessed? Assessment takes a variety of forms. On most modules, you will be assessed by your coursework, such as essays, presentations or learning journals. At each level of study you will be required to undertake a timed assignment or examination – these may be in the form of a take-away paper, a selection of extracts from the texts you have studied or a formal examination.

What sorts of jobs do English Literature graduates get? Recent English graduates have found work in the media and publishing, arts administration, public services, retail and marketing. Many go on to study for postgraduate qualifications in teaching, librarianship or journalism. The high-level communication skills and analytical abilities you will develop during your undergraduate studies are much valued by employers, and you will find the subject equips you for a variety of career choices.

Fact file Specialist degree English Literature

UCAS codes Q300

Joint Honours degrees English Literature and: American Studies

QT37

Business Management

QN32

Communication

PQ9H

Education Studies

XQ3H

English Language

Q390

Film Studies Fine Arts

QP3H WQD3/EQD3

History

QV31

Media

PQH3

Music

WQ33

Psychology

QC38

Theatre

WQ43

Theology & Religious Studies

QV36

3 years full-time Attendance 5-8 years part-time Interview Only for Fine Arts option Approx no. of places 120 Study abroad Yes - see page 104 Entry requirements 200-220 points plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language. (GCSE Maths also needed for Business Management and Psychology options). How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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Film & Television Production BA (Hons)

Why study Film & Television Production?

television documentaries and independent video production. This approach includes new media applications such as broadcasting for the Internet.

Our innovative methods and enthusiasm instil an imaginative and unique concern for film and television. You will be at the cutting edge - you will decide the future of this medium.

We have dedicated TV studios each equipped with a control room, lighting grids and talkback. The studios also have autocue and chromakey facilities. We have 13 separate Avid edit suites, a postproduction lab, over 20 full PSC kits, including JVC High Definition cameras, digital imaging equipment, facilities for sound manipulation and other production equipment such as jibs, tracking and a crane. Your production work is supported by dedicated highly qualified technicians.

Throughout the degree programme we encourage you to become creative and professional makers of forward-looking film and television. We are more than a training school - all your practical work is underpinned and developed by a theoretical and critical core. You will study feature film and short film production and use the skills you acquire to develop your own short films. This occurs in the writing of treatments, scripts and the development of storyboards for your own productions. To assist with this creative development you will undertake complementary studies in pre-production, including areas such as budgeting, amongst the other creative aspects essential to professional work. You will also acquire post-production skills and knowledge. You will be engaged in theoretical film analysis and you will also have the opportunity to study theories of film, including notions of ideology, psychoanalytic theory, theories of gender and postmodern cinema. In television you will gain essential practical skills in studio management, script development, treatments, storyboards, studio lighting, sound, psc, ob, studio operations, graphics and video post-production. These elements are combined in production work, including studio and location shooting, the production of magazine programmes, studio debates, television dramas,

What will I study? This constantly developing degree programme combines theoretical and practical subjects including:

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Profile The best thing about being a student at York St John University is that you belong to a relatively small close-knit community where the staff are accessible. It’s also great that the staff are honest about the industry you may be entering into! I graduated in 2005 with first class honours, which shocked me as much as the lecturers I’m sure! I spent the summer before my third year, on an internship with Chameleon TV in Leeds and stayed on there while studying for my last year. When the course finished they offered me a full-time job. I started researching and doing production management, and then became series producer on a music biography series for ITV1. I also had chance to direct on a couple of the shows which was amazing considering I only graduated a couple of years ago!

Hannah McDermott, Film & TV Production graduate 2005

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How will I be assessed? All production and theoretical work is a significant part of continual assessment, rather than formal examinations.

What sorts of jobs do Film & Television Production graduates get? External links are essential to the work we do and we continue to foster links with established and emergent companies across the Film and Television industries. To support your work we invite industry practitioners to work with you and see your work. Recent University fellows have included the acclaimed screenwriter and director Mark Herman and television screenwriter Kay Mellor. We are a partner institution with Yorkshire Television in its Yorkshire Media Education partnership scheme, which embraces a range of collaborative ventures in television production and post-production, including student placements and internships. We enjoy a close relationship with the Yorkshire Centre of the Royal Television Society and we are involved in collaborative ventures with York’s independent cinema, City Screen. We currently have graduates working with Yorkshire Television, BBC TV Light Entertainment, ITN, Chameleon Television, Screen Yorkshire, the British Film Institute, Aardman Animation, Century Films, Channel 5, Sky Digital, Sky News, Empire Magazine, amongst many others. A number of our graduates have chosen to continue their studies with Masters degrees and PhDs as well as PGCEs.

Fact file Specialist degree Film & Television Production

UCAS codes W600

Joint Honours degree Film & Television Production and: Design Practice

WP2H/EP2H

Music Theatre

WP33 WW46

Attendance 3 years full-time 5-8 years part-time Interview For some applicants, including all those for the Design Practice option Approx no. of places 100 Study abroad Yes - see page 104 Entry requirements 240 points plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language. How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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Film Studies BA (Hons)

Why study Film Studies? The academic study of film has, in recent years, become a popular alternative and/or complement to traditional arts subjects. Film is both a global product and a local experience. It is also part of the increasingly visual culture that is experienced almost everywhere in the world today. A grounding in this area will prepare you to work in the cultural industries and will also enable you to understand and analyse the role of the visual in today’s world.

What will I study? We offer an exciting package of modules providing a broad insight into various aspects of film. In particular, we explore a number of different approaches that can be taken to the academic study of film.

Level 1 You will take foundation modules that prepare you for the study of film at higher levels. You will also receive advice on research, writing and oral communication skills. Modules include: l

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How will I be assessed? A range of assessment methods are used including course work, examination, and oral presentations. The range and type of assessment in Film Studies is designed to ensure that you not only understand the relevance of the academic discipline but that you also develop the kind of practical and analytical skills that are attractive to employers.

Getting involved Film Studies students will be able to get involved in the production of our magazine NEUTRAL, a magazine that is anything but neutral in tone and content. NEUTRAL engages actively and creatively with contemporary media and culture. Conceived by Media students at York St John University as a space to publish ideas, articles, interviews, images and creative expression, NEUTRAL encourages submissions from both inside and outside the University, from anyone interested in contributing to contemporary debates in the arena of media, culture and the arts. As Film Studies students we would actively encourage you to not only produce film-related articles for the magazine but also to get involved in the editorial process.


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What sorts of jobs do Film Studies graduates get? Employers will value the communication and analytical skills that our graduates acquire during their studies here at York St John University. You will develop a range of other skills including IT, research and problem solving, and working as part of a group, all of which will be invaluable during your working life. Film Studies graduates go on to work nationally and internationally in a broad range of careers, including jobs in the media, cultural sector, public relations and information industries. There will also be opportunities for graduates to go on to postgraduate research and study.

Fact file Joint Honours degree Film Studies and: American Studies

UCAS codes TP7H

Communication

PP9H

English Literature Fine Arts

QP3H EP1H/WP1H

History

PV31

Media

P391

Music

PW33

Theatre

PW34

Theology & Religious Studies

PV36

Attendance 3 years full-time 5-8 years part-time Interview Only for Fine Arts option Approx no. of places 25 Study abroad Yes - see page 104 Entry requirements 200-220 points plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language. How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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Fine Arts BA (Hons)

Why study Fine Arts? Fine Arts at York St John is about innovation in current fine arts practice. The course encourages critical and creative thinking to sustain, develop and extend the contribution of the fine arts to wider culture and society. We recognise the need to take risks, to ask questions, to keep up with change and innovation if our graduates are to be distinctive in the worlds of work and professional practice. We believe in developing your professional, vocational and academic ability and capacity as an artist.

What will I study? We offer teaching and learning across a dynamic breadth of fine arts from ‘cornerstone’ disciplines such as painting and drawing to lens-based and sculptural media and other art forms such as performance, installation and digital arts. You will develop both speculative studio practice as well as work in the context of live ‘commission’ projects often involving professional practitioners and contexts. We also encourage you to think dynamically about the historical and theoretical parameters of current fine arts practice as a body of knowledge. As such you’ll be able to study theories of form, medium, representation; art and artist, society, culture and context; history, process, technologies; objects and subjects.

Level 1 Level 1 is about orientation during which you take stock of your practice to date and ambitions for the future. We introduce you to a range of media, skills and practices that will provide a basis for

later work. Closely related to your studio practice are lectures and seminars introducing you to the work of contemporary artists and a number of key critical debates. Modules include: l

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Specialist Research & Communication

Level 2 Level 2 is about re-positioning, designed to enable you to begin developing your own aesthetic ‘personality’ and values as an emerging practitioner. You are guided in initiating your own programme of studio-based enquiry. You identify and focus on particular modes of practice and media. You deepen your experience of a chosen mode of practice, whilst being challenged to investigate, and possibly integrate, other modes. Modules include: l

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Profile I decided to study at York St John University because of the variety of modules on the course. I was also very impressed by the student ambassadors who I met on the open day and everybody seemed very friendly and proud of the University. I found the course exciting, stimulating, thought provoking and informative. The tutors are approachable and helpful and I loved the freedom to experiment in my own studio space. I was a member of the Arts Society, which supported my studies and was really interesting. The social experience added to the course, giving me the opportunity to feel part of a friendly and diverse community where people knew and cared for each other. My overall experience here was fantastic – you’re so close to everything!...the shops, the Minster, the history, heritage, countryside and the nightlife!

Claire Wilkinson, Fine Arts graduate 2007

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Level 3 Level 3 is about direction as you focus on your experience and strengths as an emerging professional practitioner. In an extended special study, you have the opportunity to test out ideas that have become central in your work against a wider frame of critical theory. Final work from these projects is presented in a public exhibition of final work. Modules include:

Fact file Specialist degree Fine Arts

UCAS codes Route A Route B WWC2 EWC2

Joint Honours degrees Fine Arts and:

Route A Route B

Professional Portfolio

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Communication

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EP19

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Design Practice

WWD2

EWD2

English Literature

WQD3

EQD3

Film Studies

WP1H

EP1H

Media

WP13

EP13

Music

WW13

EW13

Theatre

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How will I be assessed? Modules are assessed at the end of each semester. You will be asked to submit a range of research materials, including sketchbooks, contextual files, experimental sketches, preparation and photographic documentation. In addition to studio submissions, written work also comes in a variety of forms, including essays, statements, reports, self-evaluation and reflective journals.

How much will it cost? Your tuition fees will cover the cost of basic materials. However, if you are using a large amount of materials, further costs may be incurred. In addition, there may be trips throughout the course that you will need to pay for, but costs are kept as low as possible.

What sorts of jobs do Fine Arts graduates get? Graduates develop a wide range of transferable skills for employment in the wider workplace, including confidence in presentations, project management and delivery, analytical/creative thinking and entrepreneurial skills. In the creative and cultural industries graduates may find work as individual practitioners or as team players and negotiators in art therapy, curatorial practices, arts education (through PGCE), museums and galleries, freelance creative project managers, artists in residence, into the commercial gallery sector, community arts practitioners and liaison officers, arts-based PR and management.

Attendance 3 years full-time 5-8 years part-time Interview We will invite you to attend an interview with your work and portfolio for an opportunity to discuss your application. Approx no. of places 50 Study abroad Yes - see page 104 Entry requirements 200-220 points plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language. How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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Healthcare Practice BSc (Hons)

Why study Healthcare Practice?

What will I study?

Our new, work-related, BSc degree programme in Healthcare Practice provides the opportunity for you to specialise in either Rehabilitation or Visual Impairment. The programmes can be studied full or part-time. The way that the programme is structured means that you can either enrol for a Foundation degree in either Rehabilitation (see page 78) or Visual Impairment (see page 84). The Foundation degrees take two years to complete if you study full-time or you can enrol for the BSc in Healthcare Practice (which will take three years to complete if you study full-time). It is also possible to join the course straight into Level 2 or Level 3 if you have the appropriate qualifications and/or experience. The course content is designed to meet the demands of working in this sector. You will gain the knowledge and skills to enable you to provide services that meet the real needs of the people you work with. The course content also provides opportunities to learn about and experience other related professions, which means that you will have a much better understanding of other areas in the health and social care sector. Employment prospects are good. Once you have completed any of these programmes, you will be attractive to potential employers as you will have relevant and up-to-date skills and knowledge.

Campus-based modules will be delivered over the equivalent of one to two days a week, dependent on whether you are studying full or part–time. Alongside these you will be allocated work-based learning placements equivalent to two days per week. You will normally study two or three modules each semester depending whether you are following a full-time or part-time route.

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Applied Skills (Psychosocial)

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Employability Skills

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How will I be assessed? Assessments vary from written assignments, case studies, portfolios to demonstrations and presentations. You will normally have at least two assessments to complete simultaneously in each semester.

What sorts of jobs do Healthcare Practice graduates get? We foresee that our Healthcare Practice degree will equip you with a range of skills and knowledge appropriate to a variety of health and social care settings. Those taking the Rehabilitation pathway may go on to careers in care management in the voluntary sector, public health and lecturing in Further Education in Health & Social Care. Those following the Visual Impairment route are likely to find posts as rehabilitation workers for the visual impaired. These are currently mainly based in social care settings. The merging of health and social care across the UK will lead to broader opportunities for Healthcare Practice graduates in the future.

Fact file UCAS codes Healthcare Practice (Visual Impairment) B520 Healthcare Practice (Rehabilitation)

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Attendance 3 years full-time Up to 6 years part-time Interview Yes Approx no. of places 25 Study abroad Yes - see page 104 Entry requirements Two passes at A2 Level plus GCSE English Language (Grade C or above) (or equivalent) Or Successful completion of the Alternative Entry System Or Professional/vocational qualification Satisfactory medical report Satisfactory enhanced CRB check How do I apply? For full-time study you need to apply through UCAS. Part–time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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History BA (Hons)

Why study History? Our History degree programmes give you the chance to study a broad range of types and periods of history, from medieval to modern, with opportunities for individual specialisation and research. We provide an excellent learning environment in the historic centre of the City of York, which has a rich selection of museums, libraries and historical sites to complement and enhance the academic programme.

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Level 2 You will focus on themes and periods drawn from British, European, American and world history. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a practical project or placement to examine the application of history in the wider community and to gain experience relevant to your future career. Typical modules include:

What will I study? Our programmes embrace local, national and international history viewed from a variety of political, cultural and socio-economic perspectives. The modular structure enables you to construct your own pathways through the programme and there is the option of specialising in the periods and aspects of history that interest you most.

Level 1 You will explore different historical approaches to the past and will be introduced to the skills and methodologies you need to study history at degree level. Typical modules include:

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Profile I chose York St John University as it is a small and friendly institution where people fall over themselves to help you make the right decisions. At every step, their approach was professional. I always wanted to teach History and knew I wanted to go on and do a PGCE after my degree and the course fitted in with what I wanted to teach. It also gave plenty of opportunities to either expand my history knowledge further with new periods or stick to what I knew! The course was so rewarding. I was very nervous about going back into education after so long away – I was afraid of the young things and that I might not be able to write an essay! However, the staff at YSJ were so gracious and the young things actually looked up to me! Throughout my three years, I felt that I had support from all walks of uni life. When I graduated in 2004, I went on to do my PGCE at Leeds University and I am now in my third year of teaching history at Driffield Secondary School, where I am also KS5 History Co-ordinator.

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UCAS codes V100

The Great Society: America in the 1960s

Joint Honours degrees History and: American Studies

VT17

Conflict on the East Asian Mainland

Business Management

VN12

How will I be assessed? Individual modules are assessed by course work (essays, projects or other assignments) or by a combination of continuous assessment and written examination, with examinations contributing a maximum of 40% of the final grade. You will receive regular feedback and guidance from tutors on assignments and other work.

What sorts of jobs do History graduates get? A number of History graduates go on to postgraduate study or history-related careers such as heritage and tourism, archive, library and information work, teaching or research. Our graduates have also successfully entered careers in management and public administration, the civil service, social and community work, law and accountancy, the commercial, retail and service sectors, publishing, journalism and the media.

Communication

PV91

Education Studies

VX13

English Literature

QV31

Film Studies

PV31

Psychology

VC18

Theology & Religious Studies

VV16

Attendance 3 years full-time 5-8 years part-time Interview No Approx no. of places 60 Study abroad Yes - see page 104 Entry requirements 200-220 points plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language. (GCSE Maths also needed for Business Management and Psychology options). How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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Information Technology BSc (Hons)

Why study Information Technology? The rapid growth in the number of computers and Information Technology systems is a phenomenon of the past 15 years. The growth of the Internet and associated communication technologies has changed the way we work, the way we conduct business and the way we interact with others. Aspiring professionals now need a base of knowledge and skills in order to seek, retrieve, manipulate and manage key information in appropriate ways. The study of Information Technology will provide you with skills and competencies to use modern desktop applications and an understanding of the issues involved when computers are used to help solve problems. This programme concentrates on the use of current operating systems and will provide a strong background for students wishing to pursue careers with an IT focus combined with another subject specialism. The need for hybrid managers with a range of management and IT skills has long been recognised and this programme seeks to provide the sort of people who are well-suited to either environment.

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How will I be assessed? You will normally be assessed by individual tasks and projects but given the importance of group work to IT professionals you will be involved in group work for some of the tasks. We try to keep unseen formal examinations to a minimum, though there will be some open book assessment tasks taken at appropriate times during the modules normally at the end of the teaching topic. Sometimes you will be assessed by the quality of your contributions to online seminars and discussion groups.

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Profile I chose York St John University as I loved the friendly environment and the old buildings, particularly the quad. The fact that the University also has excellent new facilities is a bonus! The course is really flexible and offers everything I wanted, which I didn’t find with courses at other universities. So far it’s demanding but enjoyable and I’ve really developed my IT skills. York itself is a really energetic city, there’s always something to do. I’m also a member of the climbing club and the badminton club at uni.

Brendan Paddison, Year 3, IT and Business Management

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What sorts of jobs will Information Technology graduates get? The knowledge and skills you gain from this degree will be applicable to a wide range of professions and occupations. Careers could include management roles involving information technology, training within the public and private sector, communication and media. Others may go on to further study at postgraduate level. If you wish to enter the teaching profession, you will need to gain Qualified Teacher Status via either the PGCE route or school-based training.

Fact file Joint Honours degrees Information Technology and: Business Management

UCAS codes GN52

Communication

PG95

Design Practice

WGF5/EGF5

Education Studies

GX53

English Language

GQ5H

Attendance 3 years full-time 5-8 years part-time Interview Only for Design Practice option Approx no. of places 20 Study abroad Yes - see page 104 Entry requirements 200-220 points plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language (GCSE Maths also needed for Business Management option). How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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Media BA (Hons)

Why study Media?

Level 2

This degree programme will give you a comprehensive understanding of the history, nature and power of the media and encourage you to explore the relationships between different forms of media, culture and society. You will explore and analyse mediated culture. From film to TV, to art and advertising, you will examine the central role that media and popular culture occupies in contemporary society. Through analysis and creative interaction, you will be encouraged to examine the ways in which the media shapes our lives – and the ways in which we can resist!

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How will I be assessed? There are no examinations on this degree. Instead, you will be assessed through a mixture of creative and analytical assignments within each module. These will involve essays, critiques and analysis, together with creative projects in fact and fiction across all media. The range and type of assessment is designed to ensure that you not only understand the theory of media but that you develop a practical appreciation of the possibilities of each medium.

Profile A friend from China studied Management at York St John and recommended the University to me. I found it to be a very friendly and the Media staff were academically very strong. There was a good balance of theories and practical work throughout the course, and also lots of social activities after class! There were also plenty of flexible forms of assessment. The best thing about the course was the close contact with my fellow students and tutors within a small class environment. I am now studying for a MA in Media Analysis at Loughborough University.

Haiyang Yu, Comparative Media graduate 2007

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Getting involved Media students will be able to get involved in the production of our magazine NEUTRAL, a magazine that is anything but neutral in tone and content. NEUTRAL engages actively and creatively with contemporary media and culture. Conceived by Media students at York St John University as a space to publish ideas, articles, interviews, images and creative expression, NEUTRAL encourages submissions from both inside and outside the University, from anyone interested in contributing to contemporary debates in the arena of media, culture and the arts.

What sorts of jobs will Media graduates get? Graduates of this degree will be attractive to a range of employers within the media, entertainment, creative, cultural and communications industries. A recent ‘graduate destination’ survey (BBC News) of over 200,000 graduates found that students graduating with Media degrees have one of the highest rate of employment and are amongst those students with the ‘best immediate employment prospects’. This is a degree programme that will train you not only to analyse the media, but creatively engage with it in a variety of ways - from creative writing to electronic imaging.

Fact file Specialist degree Media

UCAS codes P305

Joint Honours degrees Media and: American Studies

TP73

Business Management

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Communication

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English Literature

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Film Studies Fine Arts

P391 WP13/EP13

Attendance 3 years full-time 5-8 years part-time Interview Only for Fine Arts option Approx no. of places 50 Study abroad Yes - see page 104 Entry requirements 200-220 points plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language. How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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Music BA (Hons)

Why study Music? Music is an exciting subject to study at York St John University. Our degree provides a relevant, contemporary and challenging programme which crosses musical boundaries, giving you the skills which are essential for today’s musician. Music teaching is led by practice, whether in performance, composing or listening, and you will gain considerable insight from this ‘hands-on’ approach to learning. We study music from a wide range of styles and genres including classical, jazz, rock, pop and world musics and have developed extensive music technology and recording facilities which you can integrate into creative work.

What will I study? The course is flexible to allow you to study areas of music which particularly interest you, for example: you have the option to specialise in Performance or Composition at Levels 2 and 3. There are extensive opportunities for performance throughout the course, either as soloist or as a member of an ensemble. Music students play a vibrant and valuable role in the life of the University, providing music for lunchtime and evening concerts and important events in the University calendar. You are encouraged to study Music in a wider context, through interdisciplinary creative work (for example: with dance or film), international collaboration or through a range of Joint Honours combinations. You will have access to University-funded instrumental tuition and to music technology resources and recording facilities. York is a beautiful city which is alive with culture. It is the home of the National Centre for Early Music and it hosts a number of important festivals including the Early Music Festival, the Late Music Festival, Sightsonic and the Mystery Plays. There are regular concerts and many excellent gig venues for all musical styles.

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How will I be assessed? A wide range of assessment methods are used – but there are no written examinations! You will be able to submit written coursework such as essays, journals and analytical reports, in addition to presenting practical work such as individual and group performances and compositions.

What sorts of jobs do Music graduates get? This course prepares students for a wide range of careers in music, including community-based work, arts administration and employment in the creative industries. It has also proved to be a good springboard towards further study including PGCEs and MAs. Our graduates have been successful in pursuing a remarkably wide range of careers. Many have chosen to work in music, as performers, teachers, community musicians, administrators, therapists or technicians. Others have used the transferable skills which a musician develops in order to find employment in business or the public service sectors, from fast track management schemes to the police force! The course develops skills such as leadership, co-operation, creativity, teamwork and decision making which are very attractive to employers.

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UCAS code W300

Joint Honours degrees Music and: Communication Design Practice

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Education Studies

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English Literature

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Film & Television Production

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Film Studies Fine Arts

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Theology & Religious Studies

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Attendance 3 years full-time 5-8 years part-time Interview/audition For some students and for all those looking at Design Practice and Fine Arts options Approx no. of places 35 Study abroad Yes - see page 104 Entry requirements 200-220 points plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language. How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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Occupational Therapy BHSc (Hons) Full-time/Part-time In-service

Why study Occupational Therapy?

on communication skills, research, IT and occupational therapy specific techniques and approaches.

You may be at school, in work, a volunteer at your local hospital or a relative of someone who is undergoing occupational therapy. Whatever your reasons for considering a career in occupational therapy, you should look carefully at the options at York St John University. The success of our graduates has earned us a national reputation for excellence. At York St John we are one of the largest providers of occupational therapy education in the country, but we remain committed to providing a high quality educational experience for our students, that recognises the importance of individuality.

At Level 3 you will be able to extend your particular interest through completion of a dissertation using research and enquiry techniques. You will also have further in-depth preparation for careers and work opportunities. At Levels 2 and 3 there are also opportunities for clinical experiences abroad in Norway, South Africa and some areas of Asia.

Will I get any practical experience?

Our occupational therapy students come from many different backgrounds. We encourage applications from people of different ages, experience, social and educational backgrounds because we believe that the occupational therapy programme is enhanced by the richness of the students’ experiences.

What will I study? At Level 1 you will have an opportunity to study subjects such as biological sciences, psychological and social sciences, health, wellbeing, illness and disability and occupational therapy practice. At Level 2 the focus is on applied theory and occupational therapy skills within the physical and psychosocial domains, together with practical and experiential learning. There is an emphasis

The programmes are organised to include a minimum of 1000 hours of professional practice during which you will work alongside, and learn from, experienced occupational therapists. While on placement, you will have the opportunity for direct contact with patients and clients and are expected to take increasing amounts of responsibility under the direction of qualified staff. We attempt to ensure a balanced experience within health, community, physical and mental health fields with clients and patients of all ages and individual needs. We use placements across northern England so that you can experience different cultures, and social and economic diversity. Professional practice placements are an integral part of the curriculum and occur in all years of the programmes. Placements will be between six and ten weeks, with your final placement being ten weeks to prepare you for your first job.

Profile When I started at York St John I was apprehensive, however, as soon as I went to the Students’ Union I quickly made friends and got involved in many activities as people were very approachable. The Occupational Therapy programme has opened a new ‘gateway’ for me providing the best quality teaching and learning environment. The tutors have always been supportive, providing a listening ear whenever I needed them, as well as guiding me in the right direction. The facilities at the University are great and Blackboard (the online learning system) enabled me to bring York St John into the comfort of my home! In my second year I was selected to study a semester in Oslo which has boosted my confidence and looks great on my CV.

Manpreet Dhanjal, Occupational Therapy graduate

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How will I be assessed? The Occupational Therapy programmes are made up of modules. All modules including clinical practice placements must be passed to enable you to progress onto the next level. Assessment methods are varied depending upon which module you are taking. Methods of assessment may include individual or group presentations, written examinations, assignments and case studies. There are practical assessments to allow you to demonstrate your skill development and you will undertake a research project in your final year.

What sorts of jobs do Occupational Therapy graduates get? Graduates of York St John University are to be found working in occupational therapy services throughout the UK and abroad. This may be in range of areas in health and social care such as hospitals, schools, community practice and charitable organisations. You will have the ability to adapt to the constantly changing needs of service users. The course will prepare you to be a competent, reflective, critical-thinking practitioner, able to deliver safe and effective services within a wide range of environments. Throughout the course, we encourage and assist you to develop entrepreneurial skills. You will then be equipped to explore career areas other than traditional areas, if you so wish.

Flexible study We are able to offer a limited number of places to students wishing to study on a flexible basis. You can take up to six years to complete the full-time programme on a flexible basis. Please call us for details.

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BHSc (Hons) Full-time UCAS code B930 Attendance 3 years full-time Approx no. of places 100 Study abroad Yes Entry requirements You will need 240 points plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language plus Maths or Science. Satisfactory medical report/ enhanced CRB check How do I apply? You need to apply through UCAS - see page 134.

BHSc (Hons) Part-time In-Service YSJ code D2BHOTINS Attendance 31/2 years part-time Approx no. of places 20 – January start Entry requirements You will need: l Three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language l Two A2 Levels/NVQ Level 3/BTEC National Diploma or equivalent You must be: l Working as a support worker in health/social care and experience of working with clients/patients. l Significant work/life experience - call us for advice. l You must demonstrate evidence of having successfully undertaken a recent, assessed course of academic study – see www.yorksj.ac.uk for details. l Satisfactory medical report/enhanced CRB check How do I apply? Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. Interview Yes - for both full-time and part-time options How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l Come to an Open Day - see page 14 l For a more detailed leaflet T: 01904 876505, E: leaflets@yorksj.ac.uk or fill in the tear-off card at the back of the prospectus 55


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Physiotherapy BHSc (Hons) Full-time

Why study Physiotherapy? Physiotherapists are autonomous practitioners working as individuals or members of health care teams. They assess, plan, manage and evaluate the needs of patients/clients. Physiotherapy practitioners apply clinical reasoning skills and take a problem-solving approach to patient-centred care. Physiotherapy interventions include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and electrotherapy, which are used to maximise the function and potential of individuals. At York St John, you will be taught by a dynamic teaching team of health professionals with a diverse range of expertise and interests. Our students have a host of different past experiences which they are encouraged to reflect upon as part of their learning. You will complete a number of practice placements throughout the programme, allowing you to work with patients in real settings under the close supervision of qualified clinicians. We believe that student support is paramount. Each student has an academic tutor and there is also a year tutor to guide you through the programme. Within each year of the course, there are just 40 students, so our students find it easy to establish academic partnerships and foster friendships from the early weeks through to graduation and beyond. On completion of the programme you will be able to meet the requirements for registration with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). UK physiotherapy qualifications are welcomed abroad and physiotherapists are able to work in most countries (subject to necessary registration). Our Physiotherapy programme will prepare you for a rewarding, interesting and challenging career.

What will I study? All Physiotherapy modules are compulsory and areas of study are as follows:

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How will I be assessed? You will be assessed at the end of each module and assessment methods are varied depending upon which module you are taking. Methods of assessment may include individual or group presentations, written examinations, assignments and case studies. There are practical assessments to allow you to demonstrate your skill development and you will undertake a research project in your final year.

Profile I decided to come to York St John University as physiotherapy is something I’ve always wanted to do. Before I came to University I worked as a police officer, so this was quite a career change. My time at York St John was interesting and rewarding, but financially tough! It’s a lovely place to study with new facilities and laboratories. Its location in York is great and the size of both the city and the University mean that you never feel overwhelmed. I graduated two years ago and I’m now working as a physiotherapist in the NHS.

Adam Morris, Physiotherapy graduate 2006

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What sorts of jobs do Physiotherapy graduates get? The majority of physiotherapists in the UK are employed within trust hospitals of the National Health Service (NHS). Other opportunities exist in private practice, health centres, sports settings eg sports clinics, sport teams and in industry. Physiotherapists graduating from York St John University have been successful in gaining first posts in a range of settings including the NHS, private clinics and private hospitals.

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UCAS code B160

3 years full-time Attendance Interview Yes Approx no. of places 40 Study abroad Yes - see page 104 Entry requirements l 300 points (including grade B or above in Biology/Human Biology/Physical Education) plus five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) taken in one sitting, including English Language, Maths and Science. l

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For full details about entry requirements, please visit www.yorksj.ac.uk How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Please see page 134. Professional Football Association (PFA) funded students need to apply direct to York St John – see page 134. How can I find out more? Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk

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Physiotherapy BHSc (Hons) In-service

Why study Physiotherapy? You will study in a well-resourced, friendly environment, supported by highly committed, professionally qualified staff. You will join a group of students from varied backgrounds, with different experiences who share your enthusiasm for study. The theoretical and practical aspects of the programme come together in clinical practice, where you are able to apply your knowledge and skills in a real patient care environment. As a student, your clinical placements will take place in various locations which could include hospitals, GP practices, community-based work, schools, hospice care, social services and private practice settings. A variety of learning activities are used, including lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical workshops, small group discussions and student presentations. You will also study independently which will help you to find your own learning style. York St John prides itself on student support and academic tutors will be allocated in the University. In addition, support will be extended to your workplace environment through mentors who will assist your transition from employee to university student, to student on professional practice placement and back to employee. This programme is approved by the Health Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

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What will I study? You will develop the skills required for manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and electrotherapy and those interventions needed to help rehabilitate patients with neurological, cardiovascular and muscular skeletal conditions. You will learn to apply these to all age ranges and include interventions with people with specific disabilities or mental health issues. An evidence-based approach to interventions will be taken and clinical reasoning skills developed. You will also study applied anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and pathologies; information technology and research methods. You will also engage with social and behavioural sciences, health promotion issues, health policy and legislation as well as develop a grounding in ethics and management.

Will I get any practical experience? One thousand hours of supervised clinical practice are regarded as a minimum for qualification as a physiotherapist. Clinical placements can occur across a wide variety of settings and specialisms, including hospital departments or wards, private practice, hospices, community, schools and clinics. All students are supervised by qualified physiotherapists and receive support from visiting tutors from York St John. The majority of the placements may be in your own trust but you may be required to access placements in other areas of the region depending on the availability of quality placements and your personal placement profile.


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Employment prospects Graduates from York St John University are to be found working in services in the NHS, in industry and in the private healthcare sector. There are opportunities to develop specialist knowledge and skills to undertake research, in teaching or management. It is also possible to work in many countries abroad. In addition to physiotherapy specific posts, the Physiotherapy programme will prepare you for a range of graduate careers, as you will gain a number of skills throughout your degree which will make you employable if you decide on a career change in the future.

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Primary Education BA (Hons)

Why study Primary Education?

Curriculum Studies Curriculum Studies modules focus on the teaching of core and foundation subjects of the National Curriculum. They cover the subject knowledge needed for teaching in primary schools and, by linking with School Experience and Professional Studies, they help you to develop specific teaching strategies.

This is an exciting degree programme for those wishing to train as primary teachers. The programme is based on the principle of reflective practice and an enquiry based approach to teaching and learning. At York St John University, we’ve been training teachers since 1841 – we’ve been at it a long time and we’re good at it! Various measures of quality provision in initial teacher training, including Ofsted inspection reports and the Newly Qualified Teacher Survey, evidence that York St John University is a high quality provider. We have an excellent reputation in the teaching profession.

Advanced Professional Focus This strand will be a significant part of your third year and will encourage expertise in a significant area of primary practice. If you are following the Primary Education (3-7 years) programme, you will take the Early Years Education Advanced Professional Focus. For those following the Primary Education (5-11 years) programme, you will choose an Advanced Professional Focus from the following:

What will I study? There are four main strands to the degree:

School Experience There is a particular emphasis on school experience as an opportunity for critical enquiry and developing the skills for reflective practice. We have good partnerships with a wide variety of primary schools in which our trainees complete placements. Opportunities for learning through school experience include: observation of experienced teachers, investigation of schools’ policies procedures and practices, structured feedback on teaching from trained mentors and participation in the life and work of schools.

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Professional Studies This strand is concerned with general issues in primary education and is carefully aligned with School Experience. It will enable you to investigate and develop skills in: planning, class management, assessment for learning, and recording and reporting children’s attainment. In each year, Professional Studies modules and School Experience will be closely linked.

During Levels 1 and 2, modules will cover planning, assessment, inclusion and learning theory as well as teaching of Core and Foundation subjects in the National Curriculum. During Level 3 there will be further modules related to your role as a professional, and there will also be an emphasis on your chosen Advanced Professional Focus. There will be placements in schools during each of the three years, which will involve students progressively in taking more responsibility for teaching children.

Profile I chose this course as York St John has a very good reputation as a provider for initial teacher training. The course was, at times, very demanding but truly worthwhile, informative and relevant to teaching. I found the atmosphere of York St John University to be relaxed, yet committed to providing a top quality learning experience. The best thing about being a student at York St John was being able to share ideas with students and staff. I am now working as a teacher in York, at Huntington CP School, teaching Year 3 children.

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How will I be taught? This course will enable you to develop the confidence and skills to critically evaluate teaching and learning in primary schools. This will involve trainees, individually and in groups, investigating specific questions by drawing upon literature, observing practice in schools and reflecting upon your own teaching. You will enjoy a variety of teaching styles, including workshops, seminars, lectures, tutorials and discussions. We put particular emphasis on learning together through teamwork, not only amongst trainees but also between trainees, tutors and teachers. Evaluating and planning your own learning is an important dimension of our enquiry-based approach and we will expect you to reflect upon and appraise your own strengths and limitations in the areas of personal development, professional skills and knowledge. You will take increasing responsibility for your own learning and we will support you with tutorial advice and guidance.

Experienced staff We have a team of tutors with a wide range of interests and expertise. Many have held headships or deputy headships in primary schools, and other senior posts in primary and secondary schools. The team has particular and general expertise across all subjects in the primary curriculum. Activities both on campus and in school are supported by well-equipped resource centres. Serving teachers contribute to modules.

How will I be assessed? Modules are assessed mainly by coursework, including projects, essays, presentations, seminar papers, learning journals and practical teaching appraisals. There are examinations in a small number of modules.

Fact file Primary Education (5 – 11 years)

UCAS codes X320

Primary Education (3 – 7 years)

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Will I get Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)? QTS is required to work as a teacher in maintained schools in England and Wales. York St John is an accredited initial teacher training provider and this programme complies with the Secretary of State’s requirements of programmes leading to QTS. On successful completion of your degree, and the skills tests set by the Training and Development Agency (TDA)*, you will be recommended for QTS. *These skills tests in numeracy, literacy and IT are taken by all students, trained in England, who are seeking the award of QTS.

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Psychology BA & BSc (Hons)

Why study Psychology?

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Our degree programmes are designed to provide a sound core knowledge of psychology and how it applies to different aspects of the human condition such as crime, mental health, child development or education. Whether you are interested in a career in psychology or in gaining knowledge which will equip you with the variety of skills needed in today’s graduate job market, Psychology is for you. Our tutors are a friendly team with backgrounds in research and applied psychology. They are dedicated to your development, to teaching and to academic excellence.

What will I study? The following list contains examples of programme modules. Please note that different modules will be studied on the BA and BSc programmes.

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BA (Hons) Psychology The BA syllabus picks up on some of the core topics in the BSc degree but there is less emphasis on statistics and biology and more time to look at applications of psychology. It is not accredited by the British Psychological Society. Modules which are offered on the BA programme are:

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Profile Obviously, I’m really interested in Psychology, but I also chose this course as the Psychology lecturers seemed accommodating and approachable. The smaller group sizes also appealed to me in terms of quality of teaching, availability of lecturers and getting to know the other students on the course. When I first came to visit, I felt completely at home here and I knew that I would be happy. The accommodation was nice, the facilities were good and the city of York was a real bonus! I’ve just completed a full-time MSc by research in Education Psychology at York St John and I'm still working there as a Psycology research assistant.

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You will choose four of the following modules in addition to a dissertation: Psychology of Education Psychology of Health Adolescent Development Counselling & Community Psychology Clinical Psychology Psychology of Creativity Psychology & Crime Development Across the Lifespan Critical Social Psychology Developmental Disorders

How will I be assessed? Your level of knowledge will be assessed in a variety of ways including essays, experimental reports, verbal presentations, poster presentations, multiple choice questions, worksheets, larger scale research and some formal essay based exams. The emphasis is very much on continual assessment throughout the degree following tutor-led and independent study.

What sorts of jobs do Psychology graduates get? Our graduates can be found in all types of jobs thanks to the many transferable skills they have learnt during their degree (including organisational, analytical, theoretical and IT skills). They also possess a wealth of knowledge about human behaviour which is desirable in many professions such as personnel, business and industry, health and community settings and many more. A Psychology degree can also lead to a career in many aspects of psychology such as mental health, crime, education, research, counselling and sport.

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UCAS codes C800

BA (Hons) degree

C801

Joint Honours degrees BA (Hons) Psychology with: Business Management

NC28

Communication

PC98

Counselling Studies

LC58

English Language

QC3V

English Literature

QC38

History

VC18

Sport Studies

CC68

Attendance 3 years full-time 5-8 years part-time Interview Only required for Joint Honours degree with Counselling Studies Approx no. of places 100 Study abroad Yes - see page 104 Entry requirements 240 points for the BSc Specialist degree/200 points for the BA Specialist/200-220 points for the Joint Honours degrees, plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language and Maths. How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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Sport & Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

Why study Sport & Exercise Science?

These are designed to build bridges between the specialist modules and provide a scientific problem-solving approach to a variety of relevant questions. Examples include ‘How can we help this athlete run faster?’, ‘How can we help this patient improve their health through appropriate exercise?’ or ‘How can we improve this performer’s technique?’. Scientific research skills are developed throughout the programme, enabling you to complete an independent research-based dissertation in the final year of study.

This degree is for those with an interest in the science of sport, exercise and health-related fitness. It allows you to study physiology, psychology and biomechanics, together with nutrition and the management of sports injuries. You will be encouraged to apply your knowledge to issues within exercise participation and elite sport. There is a strong vocational focus allowing you to develop a variety of career interests and opportunities. The programme provides the underpinning knowledge and skills students require when applying for accreditation for the British Association of Sport & Exercise Science (BASES) or for working in an applied setting.

Professional accreditation Our Sport & Exercise Science programme is part of the BASES Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme (BUES). BASES is the UK professional body for all those with an interest in the science of sport and exercise. BUES assures the appropriateness of the curriculum, resources and opportunities that undergraduate courses offer for training sport and exercise scientists. York St John University was one of the first programmes in the UK to gain BUES accreditation.

Through development of our ‘added value’ portfolio of coaching qualifications you will have the opportunity to gain practical experience with an applied sport science approach.

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What will I study? The programme is designed to help you develop academic, research and vocational competencies through a series of related modules. You will study three specialist areas (physiology, psychology and biomechanics) at each level of the programme. You will also study additional areas in each year.

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Profile My experience of the Sport & Exercise Science course was excellent. The modules were well structured, and always well linked to the holistic subject. I found the tutor support to be brilliant, and staff always had time to give help, which was often in the form of one on one tutorials, e-mails or after-lecture chats. The YSJ sports science labs are excellent. I never found myself wanting for testing equipment or software. It also helped that the lab technicians were always available for advice and guidance. This was especially helpful when it came to creating the diverse testing environment needed for my dissertation. The facilities were made available for use outside of lectures and seminars, which allowed us to become accustomed to using tools of sports science. Overall I found York St John University created a fantastic learning atmosphere which was facilitated by knowledgeable and approachable tutors.

Edward Winter, graduate 2007

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How will I be assessed?

UCAS codes C600

3 years full-time Attendance 5-8 years part-time Interview No Approx no. of places 55 Study abroad Yes - see page 104 Entry requirements 220 points plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language and Maths.

Your work and progress may be assessed through a range of tasks including, written assignments, assessed presentations, laboratory practicals, work placement records, research projects, examinations.

How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134.

Whilst end of module examinations are used in some cases, these are not our usual assessment methods.

How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk

What sorts of jobs do Sport & Exercise Science graduates get? The degree helps you develop a comprehensive range of transferable scientific and vocational skills. With the successful bid for the 2012 Olympics, opportunities in sport and exercise related careers will increase. For example, this could include working on sport science support programmes, involvement in community sport, and facility development, involvement in clinical and community-based exercise prescription or further research with a view to professional accreditation as a sport and exercise scientist.

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Postgraduate programmes including Master of Science degrees. Recent graduates have gone on to MSc programmes in Nutrition, Biomechanics, Sport & Exercise Science and other medical-based programmes. Some of our students go on to become teachers in schools, or in Further or Higher Education and go on to postgraduate training. Others use their degrees as a general passport into a career in management, marketing, journalism, the armed forces and the police.

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Sport Studies BA (Hons)

Why study Sport Studies? With the increasing focus on activity, health and fitness, there's no better time to gain the knowledge required to pursue a career in sport. The programme combines theory and practice of sport together with the skills required in the workplace. You should have a passion for physical activity, together with a desire to enable others to participate. You will need the commitment to study sport in an academically challenging way and have the desire to develop intellectually as you progress through the programme.

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Throughout the programme the three main themes are: Sport Development, Coaching & Teaching and Sport Sociology, with a common strand of health running through all three. With a range of options at Level 3 you will have the chance to specialise in areas you are interested in. Through development of our ‘added value’ portfolio of coaching qualifications (including the YMCA Fitness programme and other recognised industry qualifications) you will have the opportunity to gain a wealth of practical and vocational experience.

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Profile I chose the course as it offered a good range of different modules, which enabled me to gain experience and knowledge in a variety of different areas. When I came to an open day the tutors seemed friendly and the new facilities really appealed to me. There were areas of the course which I found challenging and others which were much easier to grasp. A mix of different assessments (essays, reports, presentations, exams) meant that the course catered for all. The tutors are also approachable and willing to help you if you are prepared to put the effort in. After graduating I did some coaching and then worked as a research associate in workplace health and physical activity. I also worked as a fitness professional and I am due to start work as a Physical Activity & Health Development Officer. I also had the opportunity to go to Barcelona to the World Congress for Lower Back & Pelvic Pain through the work I had done for my dissertation…the experience was amazing and it was great to feel that all my hard work was worth it and that it was valued and recognised!

Emma Dixon, Sport Studies graduate 2006

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Attendance 3 years full-time 5-8 years part-time Interview No Approx no. of places 90 Study abroad Yes - see page 104 Entry requirements 220 points for the Specialist degree/200 points for the Joint Honours degree plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language (GCSE Maths also needed for Business Management option).

What sorts of jobs do Sport Studies graduates get? Many graduates go on to either a PGCE or Graduate Teaching Programme (GTP) to become teachers in schools or Further Education institutions. Additionally, the Sport Studies programme aims to provide you with a range of academic and vocational skills, knowledge and experience that will give you an excellent grounding for careers in physical education, sports coaching, sports development, health promotion, exercise referral, instruction, performance sport, positions in the police, fire brigade and armed forces or lecturing. Some of our graduates go on to postgraduate study at Masters level in areas such as nutrition and physiotherapy.

How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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Theatre BA (Hons)

Why study Theatre? York St John University prides itself in offering a Theatre course that will develop your ability to make work with purpose, adventure and skill. Throughout this programme you will explore a range of ideas and practice within Theatre, such as directing, devising, applied practice, theatre production and performance theory. You will have the opportunity to develop your abilities as a theatre artist through the making of creative work, the application of ideas and reflection on the work of others. Theatre at York St John University is a practicebased course through which you explore theatre by making it. You will be offered a creative and supportive environment to develop your practice alongside award-winning academics and visiting practitioners.

What will I study? You will study the contemporary significance of theatre-making as an art form by looking at specific practices and practitioners. You will also explore new ways of thinking about theatre, performance and audience, investigating the place and meaning of theatre within a wider context. You will: l

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How will I be assessed? You will not sit exams, but will be assessed through a rich mix of practical and textual assignments throughout the programme.

What sorts of jobs do Theatre graduates get? Recent graduates have gone on to become theatre makers, community arts workers, research and development coordinators, sponsorship and promotion officers and much more. Theatre graduates are ideally placed for a range of activities within arts, media and education-related environments. Career opportunities often exist

Profile I think the course is the most progressive of its kind in the North; it gives you the opportunity to follow your interests. It was great to be part of a degree that lets you explore your own practice with contemporary theories and practitioners. The tutors are enthusiastic, honest and experienced. Their advice and support is crucial to the making and performing of work. York St John University has a great community of people – and the theatre lot are not only the loudest, they are also the most supportive. Since graduating, I have performed as part of the National Review of Live Art in Glasgow and have been working throughout Yorkshire on various community theatre projects and I’m continually being supported by staff and friends at York St John.

Nathan Walker, Theatre graduate 2006

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in regional and national arts companies, while regional, city and local councils are all involved in the development of their leisure, culture and education strategies and projects and job prospects continue to be strong in these areas. The private business sector is also increasingly keen to exploit the potential of creative and imaginative arts graduates who bring with them considerable analytical skills, creative problem– solving abilities and who can work independently or in a team.

Postgraduate opportunities Many of our graduates have gone on to engage in postgraduate courses in creative writing, acting, directing, curating, youth work, theatre intervention, cultural studies as well as York St John University’s own postgraduate MA Performance programme.

Fact file Specialist degree Theatre

UCAS code W400

Joint Honours degrees Theatre and: Communication

PW94

English Literature

WQ43

Film Studies

PW34

Film & Television Production Fine Arts

WW46 WW14/EW14

Attendance 3 years full-time 5-8 years part-time Interview/audition For some students and all those looking at the Fine Arts option Approx no. of places 65 Study abroad Yes - see page 104 Entry requirements 200-220 points plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language. How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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Theology & Religious Studies BA (Hons)

Why study Theology & Religious Studies?

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How do Eastern religions differ from those in the West and why are so many Westerners attracted to them today? These questions cover a wide range of ideas and issues, yet they are all addressed within our degree programmes. The reason for this is simple: Theology & Religious Studies at York St John is about real life, contemporary issues and interesting questions.

Level 1 modules include:

Level 2 You will deepen your understanding of the strands by moving from introductory modules to courses which relate theories in theology and religious studies to experience of real life issues in contemporary society, thus preparing you for research. The core modules are:

What will I study? This programme allows you to develop a detailed knowledge of two key strands: World Religions and Christian Theology.

Level 1 Both Specialist and Joint Honours students will be introduced to the two strands through two core modules which help you with key skills:

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Profile I have always had a passion for theology and I knew from studying GCSE and A Level RE that I wanted to continue to study it at degree level. The subject is so prevalent within contemporary society which makes it all the more exciting! The course at York St John is fantastic, not only because of the diverse choice of modules but also because of the level of support you receive from the tutors. They are always there to help, and always encourage you to seek help when you need it. We are very fortunate within the faculty as there is a vast array of resources and we are particularly privileged to have the RE Centre within the library. Theology is often seen as an old subject, learnt merely from text books, but not at York St John! The faculty has developed a range of modules for all interests from theology in film, biblical themes, to practical theology in contemporary society covering issues such as homelessness. There is almost certainly something to intrigue every theologian! The course is challenging but one that you cannot fail to enjoy.

Jennifer Bolt, Year 3, Theology & Religious Studies

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semester overseas, probably in the USA or Ireland. Knowledge of modern languages may be further developed at Level 2. Modules include: l

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How will I be assessed? You will be assessed for each module in terms of the subject knowledge and the range of skills you have acquired. All assessment is continuous and there are no formal examinations in Theology & Religious Studies, as we are aiming to develop skills which will be of use in the workplace. Assessment methods may include essays, group and individual presentations, timed assignments and reflective pieces on placement activities.

What sorts of jobs do Theology & Religious Studies graduates get? Some graduates use the subject-specific nature of the degree and pursue teaching at primary, secondary and Further Education levels or move into ministry. Social services, social work and community projects always prove popular destinations. Others will simply use their degree to ensure a career within the commercial, business and industry sectors. Every year a number of our students decide to continue their study of Theology & Religious Studies through postgraduate qualifications such as MA, MPhil and PhD.

Fact file Specialist degree Theology & Religious Studies

UCAS codes V600

Joint Honours degrees Theology & Religious Studies and: Business Management

NV26

Communication

PV96

Counselling Studies

LV56

Education Studies

VX63

English Language

QV3P

English Literature

QV36

Film Studies

PV36

History

VV16

Music

Attendance

WV36 3 years full-time 5-8 years part-time

Interview Only for Counselling Studies option Approx no. of places 80 Study abroad Yes - see page 104 Entry requirements 200 points for the Specialist degree/200-220 points for the Joint Honours degrees plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language (GCSE Maths also needed for Business Management option). How do I apply? For full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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Community Arts Foundation degree

Why study Community Arts? This Foundation degree gives you the opportunity to develop your arts skills in one of the following areas: visual art, music or drama/theatre. You will also have the chance to experience collaborative arts projects. You will work with communities from early on in your course, developing practical skills alongside creative arts techniques, professional practice and facilitation skills. You will also benefit from York St John University’s strong industry links in the community arts field. On successful completion of this degree you will have the necessary skills and knowledge to work as an applied artist in a range of community settings or if you wish, you can choose to progress to Level 3 of one of York St John’s BA (Hons) degrees in: Fine Arts, Music or Theatre.

What will I study? This Foundation degree provides an absorbing and stimulating programme of group activity, directed study and community projects. Community Arts can be studied on either a full or part-time basis so there is a large degree of flexibility in the programme. Projects and programme modules have been designed in consultation with arts organisations and practitioners. Work-based learning with communities in the region will make up much of the course activity.

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Profile I left school at 16 and did a variety of jobs, most recently in a Human Resources & IT role. I wanted a complete career change so decided to do a course and I really liked the feel of the University. It has a good atmosphere and personal touch - the tutors and staff always seem to remember students by name! I chose to study Community Arts as it combines my interests in art with being able to work with people. The content of this course will give me the necessary skills to do this. I am really enjoying the content of the course, although I have found it quite demanding as it is a long time since I left school! It takes a little time to get used to learning again. When I finish the Foundation degree, I’m hoping to continue my studies and do my third year on the BA (Hons) Fine Arts course. I would eventually like to study an MA in Art Therapy and work alongside my husband running an art and photography studio.

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You will be taught by lecturers who have relevant and current experience in a range of sociallyengaged arts practices. Our lecturers have active backgrounds in arts in health, work in schools and youth groups, public arts commissions, community music and theatre projects.

How will I be assessed? Assessments will be by performances, workshops, and the submission of artwork, essays and reflective accounts. Community-based learning will form a substantial part of your assessed work and you will work on live projects in collaboration with one of our community arts partners.

What can I do after the degree? The degree programme prepares you to work in a wide range of arts-based professions and locations. Modules are designed to assist you to move into a range of community-based arts jobs in a variety of settings. Alternatively, you may progress to the third year of one of the following Bachelor of Arts degrees at York St John University (via a bridging module): l

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Creative Industries & Technology Foundation degree

What is a Foundation Degree? A Foundation Degree (FD) is a nationally recognised qualification that offers vocational training combined with related study. The Creative Industries & Technology programme has been written in collaboration with practitioners and businesses in the creative industries to make sure that the work you do is relevant to your chosen pathway.

Why study Creative Industries & Technology? Creative industries are an area of significant growth in the UK and worldwide economy, covering a wide range of products, services and arts where the prime resource is creativity. You will choose to study one of three pathways: l

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What will I study? Whichever pathway you decide to follow, you will take the same modules – details of current modules can be found at www.yorksj.ac.uk. It is the practical, work-related projects that relate to your pathway.

Design Innovation & Production You will learn skills in contemporary digital and computer-aided design techniques that relate to all aspects of design. You will learn about threedimensional design in virtual and real contexts. The projects you undertake will enable you to learn how these skills are applied in practice, in different contexts and in response to client briefs. Projects are work-related in the context of graphics, interactive/web design and animation. You will have access to our newly refurbished design facilities, including the studios and multimedia workshops. The PC-based computer systems run industry-standard software packages, including Maya, Solid Edge and Adobe Creative Suite.

Music Technology You will learn skills in contemporary digital recording techniques, which are applicable in the studio and on location. You will also learn about sound creation and manipulation, and the skills of writing, arranging and producing music. The projects you undertake will enable you to learn

Profile I left school at 16, with what I considered to be average qualifications, and then went on to a succession of frustrating jobs. I’ve always harboured dreams of being a film-maker and made films in my spare time, but working full-time meant that I was often too tired to put much energy into it. Eventually I decided it was time for a life change and time to get out of my home town, Newcastle. I felt that I needed to be able to build my knowledge and the only way I felt I could do this was to focus full-time on my course. I’d always been interested in the theory side of film-making and this course also gave me the perfect opportunity to get lots of hands-on, practical experience. The fact that the course is so industry-oriented was really appealing to me and the fact that it could be studied over two years was a real bonus. I’ve now got my own kit, so am self-sufficient and I’m gradually working up my freelance business that I started during my second year. My ambition when I began this course was to become an independent, professional filmmaker and through taking the Foundation degree, and my own hard work and determination, I feel I’ve achieved my goal.

Paul Richardson, Creative Industries & Technology graduate

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how these skills are applied in practice, in different contexts, for different clients, and with other media. You will have access to our recording studio, digital audio workstation suites, and portable recording equipment. The computer systems are both Apple and PC-based running industrystandard software including Pro Tools, Logic and Cubase.

Film & Television Production You will learn skills in contemporary digital video production techniques, using camera, sound and editing technology applicable in the studio or on location. You will learn team and project management skills, and how to work with script and editorial material. The projects you undertake will enable you to learn how these skills are applied in practice, in different contexts, for different clients, and with other media. You will have access to film and television production facilities which include SD and HD cameras, Avid editing workstations, and equipment for location sound and lighting.

How will I be assessed? There are no formal written examinations. Your work is continuously assessed using a variety of processes, including practical projects, reports, essays and presentations.

What sort of jobs do Creative Industries & Technology graduates get? Graduates have opportunities to progress to work in music production companies, clubs, television studios, design studios and consultancies. Some have also chosen to set up independent production companies or to operate on a freelance basis. The FD is equivalent to Years 1 and 2 of a BA honours degree, so on successful completion of the FD, you are eligible to apply to go directly in to Year 3 of the related BA (Hons) in: Design Practice, Music or Film & TV Production.

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2 years full-time Attendance 3–4 years part-time Interview Yes Approx no. of places 30 Entry requirements You must normally have a pass in English Language GCSE at grade C or above, or equivalent, plus two A2 Levels or equivalent. Students with no formal qualifications may also achieve entry through the Alternative Entry System. We anticipate that due to the vocational nature of the programme students will come from diverse educational backgrounds, with a range of different qualifications. Please call us for information and advice. How do I apply? For full-time study, you can apply through UCAS or direct to York St John. Part-time applications should be made direct to York St John. Please see page 134. How can I find out more? l Visit www.yorksj.ac.uk l

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Rehabilitation Foundation degree

Why study Rehabilitation? This degree has been developed to meet the changing needs of health and social care. We have a great deal of experience and professional contacts from running Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy undergraduate degree programmes, and this background has informed the structure and content of the Rehabilitation programme. Rehabilitation interventions in health and social care cross professional boundaries. The programme provides an opportunity to study a range of knowledge and skills to meet the complex needs of people undertaking rehabilitation. In particular, the content of the Foundation degree focuses on people who require consistent, comprehensive and enduring interventions to enable them to recover, restore, adapt skills or maintain function. It is taught at York St John with work-related modules undertaken within a variety of situations.

What will I study? Campus-based modules will be delivered over the equivalent of one to two days per week, dependent on whether you are studying full or part-time. Alongside these you will be allocated work-based learning placements equivalent to two days per week, per semester. You will normally study two or three modules in each semester depending on whether you are following a full-time or part-time route.

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Profile I came to Higher Education a little later than most after working at a local insurance company for a number of years. I decided on a change of direction into health care and became interested in the Foundation Degree in Rehabilitation at York St John University, as it offered a variety of healthcare related career opportunities. After successfully completing the Foundation degree, I went on to do a BSc (Hons) degree and graduated this year with a 2:1. I’m now doing a Masters degree at the University of York. When I’ve finished that I’m hoping to become a Public Health Registrar.

Del Fay, graduate 2007

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What sorts of jobs do Rehabilitation graduates get? The programme was developed to provide the knowledge and skills needed for assistant practitioner level roles in health and social care. Also if you successfully complete the Foundation Degree in Rehabilitation, you may be eligible to transfer into Level 3 of the BSc Healthcare Practice degree programme (see page 44) or Level 2 of the BHSc Honours degree in Occupational Therapy (see page 54) or Physiotherapy (see page 56), if places are available.

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Supporting Learning Foundation degree

Why study Supporting Learning? The increasingly central role of teaching assistants and nursery nurses in supporting teaching and learning is widely recognised by schools and local authorities. The Foundation Degree in Supporting Learning provides opportunities for people working in education with children aged 3-16, whether in a paid or voluntary capacity, to gain a well recognised qualification. Developed in close collaboration with employers, it will provide you with the opportunity to build on your experience through study at Higher Education level. A distinctive feature is that it combines learning in the workplace with study, with strong links between theory and practice. Course teaching is one day each week, making it ideal for those who wish to study while continuing to work.

What will I study? During the programme you will complete 12 20-credit modules and each module requires the equivalent of 24 hours of study at York St John University. All modules include contact time, tutorial time, work-based learning and independent study. We will normally offer a combination of six of the following modules in each year.

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Profile I had worked as a classroom assistant for a number of years and felt it was time to develop my career direction. I initially started on the Foundation degree, and then went on to the third year of the Education Studies degree. I especially enjoyed the academic challenge of the courses and when I graduated I chose to progress to the MA. I continue to work part-time in school but I am also involved in some exciting work to develop research in schools with my tutors here. York St John has a traditional atmosphere while still feeling you can be at the ‘cutting edge’, and I enjoyed being with like-minded people. In summary, York St John, great things come in small packages.

Jo Whitehead, graduate 2006

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How will I be assessed? You will be assessed at the end of each module. The course days, your reading and work-based learning will all contribute towards this. Assessment methods are varied and each module will be assessed differently to take account of different learning styles. During the programme, assessment is likely to include writing essays and workbased reports, writing up case studies, giving presentations and producing teaching resources. There are no exams.

What sorts of jobs do Supporting Learning graduates do? You will develop a range of key and transferable skills making the qualification attractive to employers. It can lead to greater responsibility in school and a range of roles in other educationrelated institutions. Some past students have become learning mentors, home school liaison officers and assistants to SENCOs. Foundation degree graduates who want to continue to study can progress to the Education Studies BA (Hons) degree and apply to obtain QTS status through a flexible PGCE. A significant number have taken this opportunity and the first of these are now qualified teachers. The programme also offers support to those seeking Higher Level Teaching Assistant status although it does not lead directly to this.

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Theology & Ministry Foundation degree

Why study Theology & Ministry? This Foundation degree provides opportunities for people who are interested in vocational experience from a Christian perspective to explore faith, community and ministry. The programme is designed particularly around the needs of those wishing to become actively involved in a Christian context, perhaps through lay ministry of some kind. The Foundation degree also provides an interesting context from which to study Christianity for those with a general interest in Theology but without any particular vocational ambitions.

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How will I be assessed? A range of assessment strategies are used throughout the programme to enable you to develop a range of academic and communication skills. These include taking part in group discussions, group presentations, placement reports, essays and analysis of texts. Tutors, handbooks and study skills handbooks provide support and guidance on the completion of assessed work.

Profile I am currently studying at Wilson Carlile College of Evangelism in Sheffield as I have been selected for training by the Church Army. As a not very confident 52-year old learner with no previous formal qualifications, one of the things that attracted me to this course was the mix of practical work and theory. The course has been challenging, life-changing, informative, inspiring, fun, fulfilling and sometimes a bit frustrating. York St John provides supportive, education opportunities which place value on peoples’ lives and experiences.

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What sorts of jobs do Theology & Ministry graduates get? The programme is used by the Dioceses in the Yorkshire region to provide training for a variety of lay ministries, including readers, pastoral workers and evangelists. In addition, a number of students take the course to engage in Theological study for their own interest.

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Visual Impairment Foundation degree

Why study Visual Impairment ? Studying a Foundation Degree in Visual Impairment offers the opportunity to develop a range of knowledge and skills to meet the complex needs of people with a visual impairment. In addition the course focuses on the need to work in a multidisciplinary environment in both health and social care. The Foundation degree is taught at York St John with work–related modules undertaken within a variety of situations. The Foundation degree can be studied full-time over two years or part-time over three to four years.

What will I study? Campus-based modules will be delivered over the equivalent of one to two days a week, dependent on whether you are studying full or part–time. Alongside these you will be allocated work-based learning placements equivalent to two days per week, per semester. You will normally study two or three modules in each semester depending on whether you are following a full-time or part-time route.

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What skills will I acquire? You will acquire a range of transferable skills such as IT, problem solving and communication and in addition specific skills such as orientation, mobility and independent living.

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What sorts of jobs do Visual Impairment graduates get? The programme was developed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for posts as rehabilitation workers for the visual impaired. These are currently mainly based in social care settings, but the merging of health and social care across the the UK will lead to broader opportunities in the future. Also if you successfully complete the Foundation Degree in Visual Impairment, you may be eligible to transfer into Level 3 of the BSc Healthcare Practice degree programme (see page 44) or Level 2 of the BHSc Honours degree in Occupational Therapy (see page 54) or Physiotherapy (see page 56), if places are available.

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With around 20,000 students and thousands of tourists visiting the city all year round, York really is a lively place to be. It’s great for nightlife of all kinds, it has pubs, wine bars, restaurants and cafés to suit every taste imaginable and it’s fantastic for shopping. York St John is literally minutes away from the city centre, so is perfectly placed for nights out and retail therapy jaunts.

Eating and drinking York is said to boast 365 pubs - one for every day of the year! Real ale lovers are in for a treat, as are those who like the more modern café bars. There’s something for every taste and pocket, and there are always special rates and student discounts to be found. The city is also brimming with restaurants and cafés - just choose to suit your mood and your price range.

Nightlife As well as having many late night bars, York has a number of nightclubs that cater for students. These include: The Gallery, Toffs, Nexus, BPM and Ziggys. The Gallery comprises five bars and three main rooms including a VIP area. Although Tuesday night is York St John’s official night at The Gallery, it is open every night and offers a diverse mix of music so there’s sure to be a night to suit your taste.

Shopping York is paradise for shopaholics. Everything from large department stores to tiny specialist shops is available within easy walking distance of the campus. York offers a mixture of famous high-street names and a whole host of intriguing specialist and curiosity shops. The outdoor Newgate Market, in the centre of the city, offers a more traditional shopping experience, with stalls selling everything from fruit and vegetables to clothing, all at brilliant prices. There are three out-of-town shopping centres, all within easy reach of the city centre, by car, bus or bike. At Clifton Moor there are shops galore including Argos, B&Q, Comet, Currys, JJB Sports, Toys ‘R’ Us, Burger King and McDonalds. The shopping centre is also home to the Vue cinema complex and Tenpin bowling. Monk’s Cross Shopping Centre has a layout like a classic American shopping mall. Shops include TopShop, HMV, Boots, Blacks, Topman, WHSmith, Clarks, Monsoon, Principles, New Look, Miss Selfridge and more. The McArthur Glen Designer Outlet features over 100 designer name stores full of best buys! Dolce & Gabbana, Cerruti 1881, Paul Smith, Body Shop, Adidas, Reebok, Armani are just some of the brands you may find here.

Toffs has two main rooms (including a VIP area) and each room hosts a different sound. Toffs is open six nights a week and offers a variety of music on each night. York St John’s official night at Toffs is Wednesday and is extremely popular especially with the sports club members. Nexus is a bar that transforms into a nightclub. It is open seven nights a week offering something different on various nights, although our students see it as more of a weekend night out. BPM is one of our newest bar/nightclubs and offers something different on each night of the week. Like Nexus it’s a bar that transforms into a nightclub and is more of a place to go at weekend rather than a week night venue. Ziggy’s is a nightclub in a converted house. It has different nights with different music and is considered by some to be York’s main alternative nightspot, playing the best in NU Metal, Rock and Indie.

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Let’s get cultural Shopping and socialising aside, you can’t fail to notice York’s history and culture. It’s hard not to find history fascinating when it lives and breathes around you. York Minster is world renowned and well worth a visit. The city’s Viking heritage comes to life every year in a rowdy, fun-packed festival with hoards of Vikings taking occupation of the streets. You can also step aboard a time car in the world-famous Jorvik Viking Centre to travel back to 948AD. The condemned cell - where the infamous highwayman, Dick Turpin, spent his last night in 1739 - lies within the walls of York Castle Museum. The National Railway Museum is not just for train spotters (so we’re told!) and you can even catch the plague at the York Dungeon. The arts feature strongly in York’s cultural life. The York Mystery Plays continue a tradition of community performances dating back to the 14th century. Contemporary drama, and much more besides, is on offer at the Theatre Royal and the Grand Opera House. Film buffs will appreciate City Screen - an arts cinema housed in a refurbished printing works. Music, in all its guises, finds an audience in a variety of venues across the city.

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Further afield... York is also a fantastic starting point from which you can explore more of what Yorkshire has to offer. The Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors are both National Parks, accessible by public transport, where you will find incredible scenery and bracing, fresh air. The seaside resorts of Scarborough and Whitby also make the perfect destination for a day out (and do great fish and chips). If you fancy a trip further afield, London is only two hours away by train and a train journey to Edinburgh will only take you two and a half hours.


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Accommodation

Our students come from all parts of the UK and abroad to study with us. Some, who live within travelling distance, choose to live at home, but for those who need accommodation, our staff in the Accommodation Office can give you advice on what’s available and help you find the right place to live.

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Our accommodation All first years who want to live in our accommodation are usually able to do so. Also if required we can help you find alternative accommodation by providing information on a wide variety of private sector lodgings/houses and flats in York. If you decide that you wish to study at York St John University and make us your firm choice, we will send you full information about accommodation together with an Accommodation Application Form in May/June. Accommodation will be allocated after the publication of the A2 Level results in August. Please note that car parking at York St John is very limited as we are a city centre campus. There are public car parks nearby and excellent park and ride facilities for those who need them. Car parking for students in accommodation is only available on health grounds. Please contact the Facilities Administration Team for details.

What’s available? We offer accommodation in University-owned residences on both a catered and self-catered basis. All our sites are covered by CCTV. We also offer accommodation on a head-tenancy basis – see overleaf for details.

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September 2008 will see the opening of fantastic, purpose-built accommodation on Percy Lane for over 270 students on a self-catering basis. These smart new facilities are located within the city walls and next to a wide variety of local amenities just 10-15 minutes walk from the University campus. The accommodation is split into shared flats with en-suite facilities, for small groups of students, and self-contained studio flats. More information will be available soon – check out our website at www.yorksj.ac.uk

Accommodation with catering Lord Mayor’s Walk Residences are arranged in small blocks around lawned gardens in the centre of the main campus, in its attractive setting next to the city walls and York Minster, just minutes from the city centre. All rooms are single with a washbasin, and bathrooms are shared. Each block has a small kitchen area on each floor. WiFi facilities are available in this accommodation. Currently, the catered package for students living at Lord Mayor’s Walk provides meal vouchers which you can use around campus as you wish.


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Self-catering accommodation Limes Court This development is about 15 minutes walk from our main campus. It currently offers smart selfcatering facilities to 143 students. Each bedroom has Internet access. Kitchens and bathrooms are shared.

The Grange The Grange residence is set in its own landscaped grounds about 10 minutes walk from the campus. The 51 flats and 36 houses provide 416 self-catered student rooms. Each house/flat has a shared kitchen and bathroom and some have a lounge area. WiFi facilities are available at the Grange.

Holgate Hall Holgate Hall is a traditional, self-catered Hall of Residence situated approximately two miles from our main campus. This site provides accommodation for 40 students in single study bedrooms each with a washbasin. There are shared kitchens, communal areas and bathrooms.

City Residence This en-suite development is approximately seven minutes walk from the main campus. The 25 flats provide 124 en-suite single study bedrooms with links for Internet access. Each flat has a shared kitchen.

Head-tenancy houses and flats Self-catering houses and flats managed by York St John are also available to first-year students. These are all within walking or cycling distance from the main campus.

Private accommodation Some students prefer to live in houses and flats rented from private landlords. The Accommodation Office can help you find this type of accommodation. We make sure that only landlords who comply with The Code of Best Practice for Student Accommodation have their properties advertised by the University.

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How much does it cost? If you live in York St John University accommodation you will pay residence fees. Self-catered accommodation is available on the basis of a 44 or 48-week tenancy and costs in the region of between £70 and £120 per week. These fees vary according to the category of the room. The charge for a weekly catered package is in the region of £110 per week. This charge is based on a 30 week tenancy. Private accommodation in York can cost between £65 and £75 per week.

If you have a disability…. As soon as we know you have specific requirements in relation to accommodation, the Accommodation Office will liaise with you and Disability Services to make sure you are placed in the most suitable accommodation.

Resident Student Warden Team Managed by the Accommodation Office, the Resident Student Warden Team is there to make sure you are safe and happy in your accommodation. See page 110 for more information about what the team can do for you and how you can get involved.

How can I find out more? For up-to-date information about accommodation, please contact the Accommodation Office on 01904 876660, visit www.yorksj.ac.uk or fill in the tear-off card at the back of the prospectus.

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Profile I have a very active social life as I not only enjoy York’s excellent, buzzing nightlife, but I also play sport for some of York St John’s sports clubs. I’ve also had some time to enjoy this wonderful and historic city of York.

that help you gel and get along easily. York St John University has an amazing community feel so you are constantly meeting new people and gaining friends for life, so even if you don’t get a place in halls, it’s easy to make friends.

Living at City Residence is awesome and I would not want to live anywhere else. At City, you have the comforts similar to those enjoyed at home, for example, an en-suite, internet access and cooking facilities so you can cook a meal whenever you want. Additionally, it’s a very safe and secure place to live. I am currently sharing a flat with six people and everyone brings special and different qualities

I have had an absolutely fantastic time at York St John University so far and if you want a student experience to remember I highly recommend York St John University as the university for you!

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Sport and recreation

We all know that physical activity is good for our health and wellbeing. So that’s why at York St John we have an exciting range of opportunities that will help all of our students be more active more often and have some fun along the way. So whether you’re the sporty type or are just keen to get fit and be healthy, we’ve got something for you!

Our sports facilities… The University has a range of sports facilities either on-site or within easy reach of our city centre campus. The sports performance area is a four-badminton court sports hall situated in the Foss Building. It caters for all the usual sports you would expect such as netball, volleyball, basketball, cricket, badminton and five-a-side football and it also has a climbing wall. Within easy walking distance you’ll find our flood-lit all weather pitch – a sand-based, full sized hockey pitch that can also accommodate a range of outdoor sports including football. Alongside the pitch is a netball court. At our Hull Road Sports Ground we have three grass football pitches and a new changing pavilion.

Health and fitness programme Our health and fitness programme offers a great range of daily health and fitness classes throughout the year. Classes are led by fully qualified fitness instructors and are designed for all abilities on a pay-and-play basis. So whether it’s the buzz of an aerotone or circuit class or simply a longing to recharge mind, body and soul through our yoga classes, then look no further! During the year we also offer a range of health and wellbeing courses that offer a progressive and more in-depth approach to keeping you fit, happy and healthy. So if you’re thinking of making a fresh start when you arrive at University then come and have a go – some of our past courses have included T’ai Chi and basic massage. Our fully-equipped fitness and conditioning suite provides a great combination of cardiovascular, fixed and free weights. During term time the suite is open seven days a week and is staffed by fully qualified gym instructors who are on hand to provide advice and guidance that allows you to get the most out of your workout.

Sports and societies programme If you’re looking for team spirit, healthy competition, great activities and nights out, then there is a fantastic range of over 40 Students’

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More people, more active, more often …come and join in at YORK ST JOHN! be facing barriers to performance which a small scholarship could help to remove. Our SPARK sports scholars also receive free membership of the fitness and conditioning suite. Applications are considered in November of each year. Further details are available from the Office for Institutional Advancement – E: b.arnall@yorksj.ac.uk or T: 01904 876432.

Union sports clubs to choose from – see page 101 for details. There’s a vibrant mix from the traditional to the extreme, offering great opportunities for all standards of players. Some of the largest clubs are football, rowing and hockey, which have over 100 members each. The majority of our sports clubs play in the local York leagues and represent the University in National BUSA competitions. Other recreational clubs include horse riding, trampolining and even ski and snowboarding, so there’s plenty of choice if you’re up for some adventure!

Coach education and community volunteer programme If you are contemplating a career in sports coaching, sports development or teaching, our coach education and community volunteer programme will give you a valuable head start by offering you the opportunity to gain vocationally relevant qualifications and coaching experience whilst at University. Each year we offer a range of nationally recognised courses, including National Governing Body awards, Sport Coach UK workshops and first aid courses. We’ll also provide you with support so that you can combine these awards with some real coaching and development experience in York and North Yorkshire – a great way to enhance your CV and to put your newly found skills into action.

York St John is an Academic Partner Institution for the national Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme, known as TASS. This means that we work with the regional lead institution in supporting our talented sports students. To be eligible, all student athletes must be nominated each year by their National Governing Body (NGB) in order to receive an annual scholarship. In the first instance, we would recommend you contact your regional NGB representative for further information or visit www.tass.gov.uk

At the heart of community sport in York and North Yorkshire At York St John we are committed to making a difference and that’s why many of our staff and students are actively involved in helping to develop sport within the community. Staff from the University’s Recreation & Sport Service together with sport academics from the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences have great links with key local and regional sports organisations, including Sport England, Sports Coach UK and BASES. The University also plays a strategic role in Active York – the City’s Community Sports Network – and North Yorkshire Sport, our County Sports Partnership.

Sports scholarships and performance support Each year our SPARK scholarship programme offers one scholarship of £500 to a student who is able to demonstrate the ability to compete at a regional level (or higher) through selection to county standard squads or similar, but may

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Your Students’ Union

Your Higher Education studies will almost certainly be the most enjoyable and significant years of your life – don’t miss out on the real student experience. With York St John gaining University status in 2006, there has never been a more exciting time to be part of our student body. As a York St John University student, you automatically become a member of the Students’ Union. For just £10 you can also purchase your NUS Extra card, which is your key to a variety of discounts both online and in high street stores nationally and will give you access to all the services the Students’ Union provides. This includes support, representation, advice, personal development, recreation, clubs and societies, entertainments, Archies Bar, the shop and Fresh coffee bar. Student life is about working hard and playing hard, and the Students’ Union strives to help you get the right balance. The Students’ Union is a democratic organisation, run by elected students for students. It is our mission to promote and represent the interests of our members, effectively enriching the student experience. We are a large and diverse organisation reflecting the student population we aim to represent. We seek to ensure that all of our members have equal opportunities including mature and part-time students, students with disabilities, lesbian, gay and bisexual, and ethnic minority students. Students’ Union officers are elected each year to represent the interests of its members at each and every level – within the Students’ Union structure at various York St John committees, and within the NUS at a local and national level. Whatever your age, background or culture, coming here is the best opportunity you will ever have to

broaden your horizons. Being a student at York St John will drive your development no end, both academically and personally, and we urge you to make the most of your time here. We pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming Students’ Union that continually strives for the best for its members. We encourage all students to join in and take advantage of what is YOURS!

Get involved… The Students’ Union runs a wide variety of initiatives, teams and campaigns that you can get involved in. You could join the RAG (Raise & Give) team and help to make money for charity, or perhaps get involved with the Ents team and help coordinate the entertainments the SU provides. Or if you want to help students get the best from their course, you can become a Programme Rep. The list

Profile The Students’ Union is a great place to meet up with friends and make new ones. It is there for the students and run by the students, a place to connect with people just like you. During the day it is a great place to have lunch or coffee with your friends and at night it offers cheap drinks and great social get-togethers! With late licences, fancy dress parties, theme nights and pound-a-pint promotions, the Students’ Union promises a good night out. The Union also presents different info-spots on current issues such as top-up fees, money managing, safe sex and volunteering. All in all, the Students’ Union is a place you can relax and enjoy student life!

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of ways to get involved is endless, and whatever you’re into, the Students’ Union seeks to make sure that it is provided for. If it isn’t, mention it to any of the elected officers and we’ll do our best to make it happen. You never know, you could set up your own collective, club, society or raise buckets of cash for your favourite charity.

Climbing Comedy Society Cricket Dance Drama Duke of Edinburgh Entrepreneur Society Film Society 5-a-side Football Fusion Soundwaves Gaming Society Gospel Choir History Society Horse Riding Men & Women's Football Men & Women's Hockey Men & Women's Rugby Union Musical Production Society Netball Occupational Therapy Society

Sports & Societies The Students’ Union supports a whole range of student-run clubs and societies, increasing in number and diversity every year. We offer everything from dance to rugby and cheerleading to snow sports. If we’re not offering what you’re looking for, all you need is ten like-minds to start up your very own club or society! New clubs and societies are starting up all the time, but in the meantime here is a list of some of our most popular:

Parkour Society People & Planet Society Photography Poker Rounders Rowing Rugby League Short Film Society Snowsports

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Arts Society

Surf Club

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Swimming

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Teachers’ Society

Big Band Society

Tennis

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Trampolining

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What else can we offer you? The Students’ Union runs a variety of commercial services. The shop, Fresh coffee bar, Archies Bar and a world of entertainments are all very much at the heart of what we do. We encourage you to use the Students’ Union as much as possible because of the friends you will meet, the skills you will gain and the experiences you will have. We aim to provide a high-quality free entertainment programme in a safe, studentfriendly environment that will offer something for everyone. The culmination of these activities is in the spectacular summer ball we host at the end of every academic year, when the entire campus is transformed into one big party, with bands, discos, inflatables and fairground rides – an experience not to be missed!

We look forward to seeing you in September! To get a further insight into the work of the Students’ Union visit our website at www.ysjsu.com or e-mail: su@yorksj.ac.uk Alternatively call us at the Students’ Union offices and speak to one of the officers on 01904 629816.

Profile The Students’ Union at York St John provides a great social hub where you can find out what’s happening during the week, bump into friends, join clubs and societies and of course enjoy your nights out. I’m a member of the Snow Sports Society and like many other clubs, we often have our socials at the Union. It’s near to the student residences and is brilliant for low priced drinks. From pool tournaments, fun charity events and poster sales, the Union always has something going on for students. The ‘pound a pint’ nights are highly recommended as they’re always buzzing with lots of students which makes for a lively and enjoyable atmosphere. As a member of the Students’ Union Council, I’ve realised the vast amount of effort the students and the Union put in to help make the York St John experience one to savour and enjoy.

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Get involved…

There’s so much more to life at university than just studying. At York St John University, we’ve got some great schemes and programmes for you to get involved with – these are just a few of them:

Student representation There are plenty of opportunities for our students to have a say in how their education and academic services are delivered. Programme reps make a real difference and develop skills in communication, negotiation, presentation and teamwork. The Students’ Union is run by students for students and elections are held every year to a range of posts, covering education and welfare, student activities, campaigns, communications and equal opportunities.

START programme The Student Accreditation Recreation and Training (START) programme is one of the largest of its kind in the country. It includes sessions on improving your employability, job applications and interviews. There are also opportunities to develop invaluable training skills by becoming a student trainer.

Volunteering Student Volunteering York offers many ways in which you can help the local community and pick up a range of new skills at the same time. Our volunteers can gain a Certificate in Achieving Professional Development, a nationally-recognised qualification.

Mentoring Mentoring is a great way to get experience of working with young people, develop your interpersonal skills and make a real difference. Our

mentors receive full training and work closely with school students, providing them with support and encouragement.

Student Ambassadors Join our team of student ambassadors and represent York St John at school and college visits, open days and external events. You will develop excellent communication and presentation skills.

Resident Student Warden Team By becoming a student warden, you can help to ensure that fellow students are happy and safe in their accommodation. This a great role for improving your leadership, communication and interpersonal skills.

York St John Corinthians York St John Corinthians is a group of students, staff and former students (alumni) at the University who work with the Office for Institutional Advancement to raise funds to support their peers and the University by taking part in fun and challenging events. Events include quiz nights, London to Paris Cycle ride, Fun Run at York racecourse and fashion shows!

Other opportunities You will have access to our music rooms and theatre studios, so you can continue with your existing interests or develop new ones. The Students’ Union’s regular publication, The Saint, is also keen to hear from potential writers, photographers and designers.

Keeping in touch after you leave All graduates and former students are invited to join the York St John Alumni Society. Free membership entitles you to numerous local and national discounts and benefits. Members receive two copies of our alumni magazine Alumination annually and can subscribe to e-bulletins. For further details please contact: Brett Arnall Alumni & Fundraising Officer T: 01904 876432 E: alumni@yorksj.ac.uk

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Your chance to study abroad

We want you to experience a range of stimulating learning environments to help you impress potential employers once you graduate - an exciting part of this is the opportunity to spend part of your degree studying abroad.

Can I study in Europe? A British degree with a European dimension We believe studying at a European university greatly enhances the career prospects of our students. The UK’s integration into Europe demands a greater European awareness among students. We want to offer the possibility of studying at a European university to as many of our students as possible. Specially designed exchange schemes are available with a number of prestigious institutions in a variety of European countries:

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How can I study abroad? Opportunities to study abroad are available for students on a wide range of degree programmes. The time spent abroad, whether in North America or Europe, forms an integral part of your degree programme.

York St John as an international community Whether you choose to study abroad or stay at home, you will study and live in an international community of students. As well as providing opportunities for British students to study abroad, we warmly welcome students from around the world, whether on exchange schemes, on North American or Japanese study abroad programmes, on British Council sponsored visits or on independent study schemes.

ERASMUS/Lifelong Learning programme funding York St John was one of the first institutions to qualify for funding under the ERASMUS programme (European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) which was created to encourage students to study in another European country. If you participate in one of York St John’s EU exchange schemes, you will be eligible for an ERASMUS scholarship of approximately £240 per month, to supplement your income in covering the extra expenses of living abroad.

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Can I study in the USA or Canada? The North American Experience You can spend some time studying abroad in North America on most of our degree programmes. You will study for half a year at a college in the USA or Canada, taking courses which count as an integral part of your degree. All our exchange programmes are well established, and you will be given a choice of respected and pleasantly located institutions, depending on your particular area of study.

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How do the exchanges work? All exchanges are optional and competitive. As there are a limited number of places available, students are chosen on merit according to their motivation and academic ability. In North America we have negotiated special bed-for-bed schemes, whereby students pay for accommodation and food on their home campus before leaving and simply change places. This gives you an opportunity to be fully involved in the stimulating environment of a typical North American college campus. For further information T: 01904 876942 E: m.williams@yorksj.ac.uk or visit www.yorksj.ac.uk

Profile In my second year I spent a semester at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada as part of the study abroad programme that York St John offers. Some of my friends had done similar study abroad schemes before and had an amazing time, so I really wanted to grab this opportunity. The modules I took whilst I was there count towards my final qualification and they had to be approved by my tutors before I left, but I really enjoyed learning in a Canadian university. It was a little bit daunting at first and although there were five other students from York St John going to the same place, I didn’t know them as they were on a different course from me. But when I got there, I soon met people and settled in really quickly, and I had the best time! I know it might sound corny, but I really do think the experience has changed me. My self-confidence has improved, I now realise that I can cope with many different situations and I’ve learned so much. After my time in Saskatchewan I did some travelling for four weeks and got to go to such places as Vancouver, Los Angeles, Washington DC and New York.

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Preparing for your career

York St John graduates have a high employability rate. The most recent statistics show that 95% of those graduating in 2006 went onto work and/or further study. Employers nowadays are looking for that little bit extra when they assess job applications. At York St John University we provide you with many opportunities to enhance your CV and broaden your future career prospects. All undergraduate programmes include Key Skills as integral elements to develop your ‘employability’.

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Careers information and advice is available from our friendly, knowledgeable careers staff at every stage of your degree programme. We cover: l Career choice l CVs l Job search, application and interview techniques l Aptitude test practice l Work experience opportunities l Work and study overseas l Further study – higher degrees, postgraduate diplomas and training opportunities l Vacation work at home and abroad l Voluntary work – local, national and international l Part-time jobs and vacation work in York l

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The Guidance Accreditation Board has accredited the York St John Careers Service to the Matrix Standard for Information, Advice and Guidance Services, so you can be confident that you will receive the best possible help and information.

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Student Services

When people think about student life, they tend to think about the fun, lively side of being a student, but as most of our students will tell you, it’s not all about partying and having fun! Being a student not only involves a lot of hard work, but also for some, moving away from home for the first time, and for many a whole new way of life. At York St John, we’re keen to make sure that every part of your student life is as successful and happy as it can be. Our Student Services are available to you, at any time throughout your student life, to make sure you get the best out of your time at University.

We’re here to help you succeed... We have the advantage of being a relatively intimate institution – big enough to be well resourced but small enough to allow us to get to know you. Students matter to us as individuals and we will do all we can to help you achieve your full potential. Our students will tell you that this is a caring institution with a friendly atmosphere and a pleasant environment, and at the heart of our success is the people who work here. All staff, whether administrative, domestic, catering or academic, will help you to feel welcome.

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We offer all students a programme of events and comprehensive introduction to university life and study skills, usually just before the first semester begins and also during Welcome Week. For some students, this gives a welcome introduction to becoming a university student for the first time! We pride ourselves on our reputation for putting students at the heart of everything we do and we offer a significant and valued range of support. Our external Quality Assessors regularly rate this aspect of our provision as outstanding.

Putting you first We realise that everyone has different experiences, personalities, backgrounds and ways in which they learn, so we have established a comprehensive range of student services designed to meet your academic, welfare and recreational needs. We want to ensure that you gain the most from your experience with us. Our services include: professional advice, information and guidance, counselling, referral, skills development, advocacy, liaison, training, assessment and support. Our Student Support Policy is available in full on our website at www.yorksj.ac.uk


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Learning development We all differ in our learning styles and requirements. At York St John we fully acknowledge that learning is an individual thing and we offer a significant range of services to help you fulfil your potential.

Writing development Writing development is available to all students and is delivered through workshops, short writing courses, individual and small group tutorials. It is available to help you to improve your overall abilities as a writer, whether you have identified a particular problem or if you want to develop your writing. It provides support in many areas of academic writing such as structuring and planning your research, improving your academic writing style and expanding your critical vocabulary. We also have a range of online numeracy resources and we can provide IT and dyslexia support.

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The Disability Service The aim of the Disability Service is to provide students with disabilities with the resources, support and advice to maximise their potential whilst studying. To achieve this we work with many members of York St John, particularly other support services such as Accommodation, the Counselling Network and the Health Centre as well as academic staff. The Disability Service also liaises with external agencies such as psychiatric services, RNIB Transcription Centre, Guide Dogs and many other local organisations in order to create a range of resources offering specialised advice, support and information. The Disability Service treats all students as individuals and considers them to be the expert on their disability and personal circumstances. The type of support we provide will vary depending on the nature of disability and consequent requirements. We are experienced in providing support for a wide range of students and the service is available for all students, undergraduate and postgraduate, full and part-time. If you do need help or advice, the sooner you get in touch with us, the better. This will enable us to discuss support requirements with you. We would also advise you to visit us if you can, before accepting an offer.

Funding for disabled students Most full-time and part-time students with disabilities are eligible to apply for funding from their LA or NHS Grants Unit. The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), which is NOT means-tested, provides funding for such things as technical equipment, support workers and specialist one-toone dyslexia tuition. Please contact us for a chat about the DSA before you arrive at University.

How can I find out more? If you have any queries or would like to arrange a visit please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can contact us on: T: 01904 876540 / 876541 E: disabilityservice@yorksj.ac.uk We have developed a DVD about disabled students’ experiences at York St John University. This information is also available on our website at www.yorksj.ac.uk

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Health & welfare Your success at York St John University is dependant on your wellbeing, so your health and welfare are very important to us. We offer the following services:

Counselling Service The Counselling Service offers confidential, professional help and support for any difficulty you might be facing. You may find yourself with a personal, emotional or work-related difficulty that you are unable to solve by yourself. Some concerns can include homesickness, bereavement, feeling under confident, loneliness or relationship problems, as well as issues that have been challenging you for many years. You can talk through any worries or anxieties, however apparently minor or grave.

Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care You will find a wide range of life experiences and beliefs within the Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care team. The team offers spiritual care to students as part of Student Services to help in providing a holistic framework of support.

Sacred, quiet and prayer space There is a range of sacred, quiet and prayer spaces at York St John which reflect the different beliefs of members. These include a prayer room for use by all faiths, the Peace Garden, the Quiet Place and the Chapel. Christian worship takes place on a daily basis.

Health Centre We recognise the importance of appropriate health care for all students and therefore provide a confidential service under the direction of the Medical Officer. Doctors’ surgeries are held regularly and a practice nurse holds daily clinics on campus and provides a wide range of services for students. Health promotion activities/campaigns are held regularly, providing specialist advice and support on subjects relevant to student life and healthy living.

All beliefs The Chaplaincy offers a non-judgemental, confidential ‘listening ear’ service to all who come. The Chaplaincy team members fully respect each person’s identity and beliefs.

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Resident Student Warden Team The team consists of trained student wardens and a number of team members are on call every night during term-time. Responsible for the welfare, support and discipline of all students, the team works closely with colleagues across the University in coordinating responses to wide ranging issues relating to the student experience. Together they work to ensure an environment where you will feel safe, supported and able to study.

There are faith advisers for the following world faiths: Bahá’í, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Sikhism. The advisers come from local faith communities and can provide support and advice. We also have links with pagan and other religious groups, and can provide contact details for local places of worship.

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Student advice The Student Advice Team will provide you with advice and guidance concerning a wide range of Student Services issues and matters relating to student life. If the team cannot deal with your enquiry directly they will either refer you on to a specialist adviser in one of our services, another member of York St John staff or an external advisory body where appropriate. The Student Advice Team is here to help you with absolutely anything and if they can’t help, they will certainly know someone who can. They can be contacted on T: 01904 876477 or E: studentadviceteam@yorksj.ac.uk

Welfare Service In addition to the advice offered by the Students’ Union, we have a Welfare Adviser based in the Holgate Student Centre. This service is available to provide students with impartial advice on a wide range of issues including welfare benefits, debt, housing, employment, stress, insurance, health, consumer rights and legal advice. Welfare Adviser T: 01904 876400 E: welfareservice@yorksj.ac.uk

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Profile I won’t need to bother Student Services…will I? That’s what I thought. Just go to Uni, work hard, get my degree, graduate. OK, I was 49, disabled, hadn’t been inside a school since 1968…but I wouldn’t need Student Services, would I? Within a week I was on first-name terms with every member of Student Services staff! My finances were all over the place; sorted by Student Services. My disability was getting in the way of producing written work; Student Services sorted voice-activated software to help me – this is written with it. My parking permit was late – no parking on campus means no lectures – Student Services fixed that problem in minutes. I was lagging behind my colleagues but Student Services sorted a personal study programme that got me back on track. The computer system wouldn’t let me re-enrol for my MA, very frustrating, deadline loomed, Student Services solved the problem.

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When my friend had a serious tragedy but was too shy to ask for help, I spoke to Student Services who arranged counselling which got him through his degree. My problem is my disability. I can’t always get to Uni, I miss lectures and seminars – Student Services organised a note-taker for me and other help. As Students’ Union Disabilities Officer I contacted Student Services a hundred times. I don’t pretend they answer every question and sort every problem instantly, they can’t, but they always work with you and find an answer or solution one way or another in the shortest time possible – and always with a smile and a genuine willingness to make the student experience everything it should be. There is no query or problem they haven’t encountered, so if you have one, go ask, you won’t be sorry.

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Learning & teaching resources

The facilities and resources at York St John have been carefully developed to support students as they learn: your needs are at the centre of our planning processes. As a York St John student, your learning will be organised into three categories: l

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Fountains Learning Centre This three-storey state-of-the-art learning centre houses resources of all kinds, including books, journals, media materials, archives and IT. There are also teaching rooms fitted out with PCs, facilities to connect laptops, plus areas for group work and quiet reading. So whether you need to get down to some hard work with textbooks, surf the net for background information, or get together for a group discussion, the learning centre has facilities for all. It houses:

Library Our Library currently stocks around 175,000 books and we have access to over 3,000 periodicals most of which are available electronically. There are also collections of audio-visual material such as DVDs and videos and access to a wide range of electronic information sources, including a growing collection of electronic books. You can expect the Library to resource all listed learning requirements, usually with multiple copies of books available.

Other services include an inter-library loan service for specialist items we don’t hold, links to other York libraries, full text of newspapers through the Internet, and access to numerous bibliographical and reference databases. An enquiry service for all users and resources guides to individual subject areas are also available. We are members of the reciprocal SCONUL Access scheme which allows students access and, in some cases borrowing privileges, at other Higher Education libraries. The British Library Document Supply with its vast collections is nearby at Boston Spa and can be accessed through its public reading room.

IT Services There are hundreds of PCs across the campus, including some 24-hour availability. You can use these to access your learning materials, our Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard), e-mail and a variety of software, which includes the

Profile The Fountains Learning Centre/Library combines both the main IT and research facilities at the University. There’s a good ratio of students to computers and there are IT rooms which are open 24 hours a day - useful for doing assignments or just surfing the Internet! There is also an online system called Blackboard which allows lecturers to post up lecture notes and messages regarding your course. You can also contact lecturers using Blackboard and help other students with questions and queries. There are also several specialised libraries within the main resource section including teaching, literacy, RE and languages, some of which I found really helpful during my time here.

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full Microsoft Office suite. Media editing suites, scanning and full printing facilities are also available. Once enrolled, you will be given a University e-mail address and personal secure storage space on the network. If you are off campus, any Internet-connected PC can access a range of University services including e-mail, library services and Blackboard amongst others. There are a number of ‘hotspot’ areas across the campus and in some of our student accommodation, where, if you have an appropriate laptop, you can connect to our WiFi service.

York Comenius Centre The York Comenius Centre is part of a national network to support the National Languages Strategy. It houses a large collection of materials to support language learning. An IT room is equipped as a Divace interactive language laboratory and satellite TV is available.

The David Hope RE Centre in York The David Hope RE Centre in York is one of the major religious education resource centres in the UK. The Centre promotes quality in religious education through the provision of a wide variety of resources to individuals and groups.

Yorkshire Film Archive The Yorkshire Film Archive is the publicly recognised moving image archive for the region.

As an independent charity, the archive’s remit is to collect, preserve and make accessible the moving image heritage of Yorkshire. It holds approximately 10,000 films, with the earliest dating from 1897.

Health & sports facilities The Foss Building houses the University's sports performance area, complete with climbing wall and facilities for basketball, netball, badminton, indoor football, cricket and volleyball. It also contains laboratories for physiology, biomechanics (with a Kissler Force Platform), psychology, physiotherapy and a fitness suite. Please see page 98 for more information about our sports facilities.

Art & design studios The Art Block and the newly refurbished Design Centre include spacious studios and workshops, with access to technical support and IT and multimedia resources.

Performance & production spaces Located around the quadrangle at the heart of York St John, the performance spaces include two dedicated TV studios, digital non-linear edit suites, PCS kits, digital imaging equipment and equipment for sound manipulation. Yorkshire Television and Tyne Tees Television have established a joint newsroom on campus. There are also facilities available for set design and construction and prop and costume making. Dance studios are in this area, with the music block and practice rooms nearby.

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Learning Resources

Collaborating for Creativity (C4C) Students at York St John are benefitting from recent government investment of over £4 million in C4C: Collaborating for Creativity, York St John’s dynamic Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). C4C aims to offer you an exciting range of opportunities, which build on existing excellent York St John University practice in teaching and learning. C4C crosses all four of our faculties, encouraging creative learning and imaginative exploration in a wide range of subject areas, and incorporates partnerships with national and regional organisations such as the Royal Literary Fund, the Hull-York Medical School and Yorkshire museums and art galleries.

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Through C4C, you are invited to get involved with various projects working with partners outside York St John. Recent projects include performances outside York Minster for the 2006 York Guild Mystery Plays, collaborations with professional designers and producers and the opportunity to contribute to York St John's creative writing publication The Word. The C4C Centre provides facilities for students, staff, and creative partners to work together. A completely renovated Victorian Gothic chapel and a modern foyer complex house the C4C Chapel with state-of-the-art lighting, sound performance and exhibition facilities; a workshop for collaborative learning; reception area, meeting room, and a new media workshop. More information can be found at www.c4ccetl.ac.uk


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Assessment & Learning in Practice Settings (ALPS) Assessment and Learning in Practice Settings (ALPS) is a collaborative programme between five Higher Education Institutions including York St John University, with proven reputations for excellence in learning and teaching in health and social care. ALPS aim is to ensure that students graduating from courses in health and social care are fully equipped to enter the world of work. We’ll achieve this by extending excellence and innovation in assessing practice, helping students learn both within their professions and across professional boundaries. ALPS will raise the status of teaching in practice. We will work with practice-based educators so they can assess generic skills (eg communication, team working and ethical practice) and professional competences common to many groups. Practitioners who teach can benefit from and contribute to the work of ALPS and its networks. ALPS will reward staff, with opportunities for Teaching Fellowships, sabbaticals and teaching awards. More information can be found at www.yorksj.ac.uk

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Money matters

Fees, finance and money matters… You know the benefits of Higher Education – better career prospects, increased job satisfaction, personal development and higher earnings - but you’re probably wondering how you are going to finance yourself through your degree and what the costs are. Please note that all figures quoted are for the academic year 2008-09. 2009 figures will be published soon and information will be available at www.yorksj.ac.uk

We are here to help Fees, finance and funding can be overwhelming, but there’s no need to worry, we’re always here to help. We have a dedicated Student Finance Support Team who can advise you on student finance issues. The team is not only here to help you once you are studying with us - we can also advise you on how to arrange your financial support whilst you are applying. It is important that you start to plan how you are going to fund your course as soon as possible. Try to make your arrangements and all applications as early as possible. Student Finance Support Team T: 01904 876939/876536 E: money@yorksj.ac.uk

How much will it cost? Tuition fees At York St John University, our tuition fees for full-time undergraduate programmes (including PGCEs) for UK/EU students will be £3,145 for 2008-09. Please note that these arrangements do not apply to: l

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Foundation degrees: Students enrolling on Foundation degrees will not be charged the £3,145 per annum fee. Fees for these programmes will remain at the standard fee set annually. In 2008-09 the annual fee is £1,255. Please see our website at www.yorksj.ac.uk for further details. Please remember that full-time undergraduates will not have to pay any money upfront, or while they are studying. Instead, both new and existing students will be able to defer payment of their tuition fees by taking out a Tuition Fee Loan, which they will start repaying after they leave Higher Education and are earning more than £15,000 a year. Alternatively, you can pay the fees upfront when you arrive or by four instalments by direct debit, if arranged with the Finance Office. Please note that different arrangements apply for students studying part-time. Please contact the Student Finance Support Team for up-to-date information.


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What help is available? Grants and Maintenance Loans from your LA/DENI/SAAS Full-time students from lower income households may be eligible for a new income-assessed nonrepayable Maintenance Grant of up to £2,835. Around half of all full-time students are expected to receive a full or partial grant. Household income

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£5,367 £4,322

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* This money does not have to be repaid. ** Loans are repayable, but only after you leave university and are earning more than £15,000 per year. For full and part-time PGCE students the first £1,260 of the Maintenance Grant will be non means-tested. Additional non-repayable financial support may also be available if you have a disability or are supporting dependents.

York St John Bursary Scheme We will be offering substantial bursary support – paid directly to students enrolled on a programme charging the maximum fee of £3,145. These bursaries are available to all eligible students. UK students do not have to apply for the bursary. The Student Loans Company will automatically calculate your entitlement to it from the information provided by the LA/SAAS/DENI when you apply for mandatory funding. EU students need to contact the EU Team on 0141 243 3570.

Bursary amounts This sum does not have to be repaid. It is paid direct to you, the student, in February and May, following your enrolment. If you have previously studied on a Higher Education course or hold an Honours degree, you may not be eligible for student financial support. Please contact the Student Finance Support Team if you think this will affect you.

Parental home rate

Away from home

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Other fees and costs In addition to your tuition fees, you need to be aware of other expenses you will meet during your studies. These include:

Residence fees If you live in York St John accommodation you will pay residence fees. These fees will vary according to the category of room and have yet to be determined for the academic year 2008-09. For further details about accommodation charges, please see page 94. For your convenience, residence fees may be paid in three termly instalments.

Living costs All students, whether they live at home or away, need to think about and budget for living costs. These additional costs include food, books, course costs, clothing, transport and social activities.

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Other charges If you are studying Fine Arts, Design Practice or Film & Television Production, you will need to pay for materials used during your studies. Depending upon which module you are studying, you will either be charged a standard module fee or, alternatively, for the materials which you use.

Council Tax Normally, if you live in York St John-owned accommodation, you will be exempt from paying Council Tax. If you live in other types of accommodation, you may also be exempt if it is a student household, but the situation can vary depending on circumstances. Contact the Student Finance Support Team or our Welfare Adviser for further details.

Other York St John financial assistance SPARK Scholarships In addition to York St John Bursaries, alumni, staff, governors and students at the University have been raising funds to support new and current students. This has provided funds for a number of non-repayable SPARK Scholarships of £500 per year that you could apply for in addition to any other support you receive. Eligible students will be sent full information of the scholarships available with their registration information.

Access to Learning Fund The Access to Learning Fund provides discretionary financial assistance for students to help them access and remain in Higher Education. The fund can help to alleviate unexpected financial hardship. Any awards made are non-repayable.

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Course Grants Please call the Student Finance Support Team on 01904 876939/6536 for more information.

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Part-time work whilst studying - most of our students get part-time work although we do advise our students not to work more than 16 hours per week. We run a Job Bureau to help our students find good part-time work. York is the sort of city where there are lots of student jobs available. See page 106 for more details.

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Discretionary Childcare Bursaries may be provided to students who are unable to claim any assistance towards their childcare from their Local Authority.

York St John Opportunity Bursaries York St John awards bursaries of £1,000, to first year students who live in the North Yorkshire area, are under 21 and from lower income families.

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Part-time students Part-time students may access help towards paying fees and course costs.

Overseas students Most overseas students who do not fulfil the threeyear ordinary residence rule for Home Fee Status, must pay fees that cover the full cost of the course. For details of overseas fees, please contact the Finance Office on 01904 876451. Before starting your course, you must ensure you have enough money to pay your fees and to cover living costs for the duration of your course. However, once at York St John, if an unforeseen financial emergency arises then you may be able to access some financial assistance from the institution via the Student Finance Support Team. If you are from the EU and have lived in the UK for three years prior to the start of your course, you may be eligible for a government student loan.

How can I find out more? For further information on all aspects of student finance please visit our website at www.yorksj.ac.uk or contact our Student Finance Support Team. You can also obtain further information about tuition fees and loans in the booklet entitled ‘Financial Support for Students in Higher Education’ from the Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills (DIUS). Student Finance Support Team T: 01904 876939/876536 E: money@yorksj.ac.uk Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills T: 0800 731 9133 www.direct.gov.uk You can also check the following websites for general student funding information: l

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Returning to learning?

Anyone with the ability and enthusiasm, regardless of their age or background, can enjoy the benefits of a university education. Here at York St John we warmly welcome applications from mature students and all our staff, both academic and support staff, are experts in supporting adult learners through their years with us.

Who to talk to Undertaking a degree course can be a daunting prospect whatever your age, and many adult learners often feel that they just aren’t ‘clever enough’ to go to university. By chatting to one of our Admissions staff you will be able to find out whether or not you have the relevant qualifications or experience before you make a formal application.

Perhaps you have reached a significant birthday, are looking to change jobs or start a new career, or now have the time to devote to learning more about a subject you have always been interested in? This is the year you can realise that ambition and continue with your lifelong learning in an academic environment.

Admissions may also suggest you talk to a member of the academic staff in the relevant department who can give you more detailed information about the course you want to take. They might also suggest some background reading you might do before you start your course.

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Before you make a final decision, you may also want to talk to a member of one of our specialist teams if you have specific questions about, for example, financial matters, disability issues, childcare queries or career planning.

For many people, the idea of entering or returning to education later in life may be daunting. But you need not worry that you will be in the minority as here at York St John, nearly half of our students have not come to us straight from school - people who have decided the time is right for them to get back into learning. If you come to study with us, you are almost certain to find other mature students on the course with you and there will be opportunities to meet up with existing mature students socially or in more formal circumstances. The key to fitting in and getting the most out of university life is to remember that everyone is in the same boat and has the same concerns as you, about being able to do the work to the standard required. All new students are nervous at first and we are proud of the reputation we have for supporting people through their degrees, whatever their age. Because we are relatively small you’ll be more than just a number on a list to us; we get to know all our students by name. We’ll help you feel at home from the moment you start your course here and will give you all the help and assistance you need to achieve what you want.

Between us we will ensure you have all the necessary information to help you decide which is the best course and method of study for you.

Entry requirements for mature students The main quality every student needs is enthusiasm for their subject and determination to succeed. As a mature student your ‘life experience’ is likely to play a large part in your success as a student. You may not be aware of it but you probably already have many of the skills necessary to be a successful student – time management, meeting deadlines, and social skills – all important facets for reaching your goal. But to get to the starting point you may need some form of formal qualification that might be: l

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Alternative Entry System (AES) If you do not have any formal qualifications our AES entry route may be the answer. After you’ve applied, and providing you have a successful interview, you will be given an opportunity to write a short essay or produce a piece of practical work related to your course, usually within 14 days. It’s possible you may be asked to come in for a further discussion to talk about your piece of work. Some of our courses have particular qualification or subject entrance requirements and this special entry route might not always be appropriate. For further guidance on particular qualifications or programme entry requirements, please contact: Information Hotline T: 01904 876598 E: admissions@yorksj.ac.uk

Approved Access courses Access courses help adult learners prepare and qualify for entry to Higher Education. The courses are aimed at students who do not have standard entry qualifications or who feel that their qualifications are a little rusty. All such courses have a strong study skills/confidence building component. Access programmes cover a range of subjects and are often discipline-related or related to progression to particular professions. Some examples that match our degree courses are: l

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Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) An alternative route into your chosen course may be to have your work experience recognised through accreditation of your learning at your place of employment. APEL recognises the value of learning which takes place outside formal education institutions. It helps adult learners to identify the skills and

knowledge acquired informally and to reflect upon their learning processes, enabling them to make the transition from informal to formal learning. It is also an important vehicle for enabling adults who possess few, if any, qualifications to return to learn in adult, further and higher education and subsequent re-entry into the labour market. Again, our admissions staff will be able to give you more information on APEL. Contact them on 01904 876598 or E: admissions@yorksj.ac.uk

Student Services You will have access to all the services we offer. These include writing support, information and help for students with dyslexia or with a disability, counselling service and staff who can offer advice regarding financial issues. You can find more details of these on page 108.

Childcare provision Childcare may be of particular importance to you. There is a private on-site nursery, Kaleidoscope. Please note that there is usually a waiting list and bookings should be made as early as possible. Kaleidoscope can be contacted on 01904 654792. York St John University also offers means-tested bursaries for childcare that can be used to pay for your choice of local registered childcare. This can be for long or short-term cover if, for example, you need help over half-terms or if there is an illness in the family. Contact the Student Finance Support Team for further details on 01904 876939/6536.

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Profile My decision to go to York St John was an easy one to make, however the thought and prospect of all the forms and procedures was a very daunting one. The people and staff at York St John simply could not have been more helpful. From the first day I felt like I belonged here. Being a mature and international student (I’m from Ireland), this was a crucial factor in my adjustment to student life, and to living in a different country. York St John afforded me the opportunity to study the subjects I wanted to study. I’m currently in Year 2 of a Joint Honours degree in Psychology and English Language. I found it very difficult to find a course that would allow me to do this, but once more York St John came through for me. My university experience so far has been something I will remember with great fondness, I have learned a lot from my course, and I have developed a

lot as a person. Meeting people from all over the world and making friends for life. I was also pleasantly surprised by the number of mature students there were at York St John. Many of my preconceived notions of what university would be like have been smashed, in the best way possible. I cannot recommend this experience enough. It’s a challenge, but also an opportunity to develop yourself, to learn about something that interests you and also soak up all the social activities that are on offer (it's not all drinking!). York itself is a beautiful city steeped in history; it has lots of character and places to visit, and it's all within walking distance.

Richard Brien, Year 2, Psychology and English Language & Linguistics

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Can I study part-time?

Opportunities for flexible or part-time study There is a variety of options when it comes to studying at York St John. Often the demands of work or family mean that you can’t commit yourself to full-time study. We welcome students who want to study with us part-time and the majority of our degree programmes are available in this format. With our Supported Open Learning (SOL) scheme, you can learn at home as well as coming into York St John. Most of our courses have their reading lists, lecture notes, and assignment details on a website which you will be able to access from any computer once you have registered on a course. This means that you can study parts of your course at a time and place that fits in with your family or work commitments. But this doesn’t mean that you are left on your own. A tutor is available to offer advice and guidance and there are opportunities to discuss your work with other students through on-line discussion groups. You will need to come into the campus as well, but SOL offers more opportunities to study in different ways.

If your circumstances change there is always the option to change from a part-time to a full-time degree or if you find it necessary to take a break from your studies you will still be given credits for the work you have completed. You may be able to carry these credits forward if you decide to restart studying in the future. This means that the commitment you make now can be flexible to meet changing circumstances. If you do decide to study part-time with us you can be assured that all the facilities will be available to you. You will benefit from our full student services and other social and study facilities, including the Students’ Union.

How can I find out more? You can get advice on all these options from our Admissions team or from a member of staff in the relevant department. Whatever your choice we can offer you a stimulating learning experience in our attractive city centre location. Information Hotline T: 01904 876598 E: admissions@yorksj.ac.uk

Being a part-time student... I've been at York St John Uni for 21/2 years now, studying part-time for a BA (Hons) in English Literature. I'm married with three young children and, with all the running around they entail, along with office work for my husband's business, I felt that studying full-time wouldn't enable me to do justice to my course. The module system used at York St John allows me the flexibility to fit my studies around childcare, making University more accessible for me. All my tutors are so friendly and helpful that I really look forward to my lectures and seminars. Blackboard, the University's online interactive learning system, means I can access programme materials and contact tutors and other students from my home computer which really helps. It's been a steep learning curve but, with plenty of help and support, I'm getting there! I won't say studying part-time is always easy, it can be difficult when you've enjoyed working alongside full-time students who move on ahead of you but I find it an ideal way for me to achieve my degree without compromising my family life. York St John also has a lot of mature students, so there's always somebody in a similar position to you. All in all, I love being a student! I really enjoy the programme of study I've chosen and find the whole experience hard work but extremely rewarding.

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International students

York St John has a long tradition of welcoming international students, with increasing numbers coming from the USA, Canada, the European Union, Japan, China, India, Pakistan and the Middle-East. This means that there is always a strong international presence in our student community. There are many possibilities for you to study at York St John: l

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The International Society The International Society is run by students, with the support of Student Services Department. Its aim is to make all international students feel at home at York St John. Membership is free to people of all nationalities and cultures. The International Society puts on a number of events throughout the year, including welcome events, visits, trips, talks and workshops in order to celebrate our many cultures and the diverse nature of our community. Further information can be found at www.yorksj.ac.uk or you can e-mail: internationalsociety@yorksj.ac.uk

Four-year BA (Hons) degree programme One of the most exciting developments for international students is the four-year BA (Hons) degree programme, which allows you to spend the first year developing your English language skills, gaining a foundation in your chosen subject area, and acquiring the study skills you will need to succeed in British Higher Education. Success in the first year enables you to progress automatically on to the degree programme of your choice with us. Most of the subjects in this prospectus are offered on the four-year programme. Those especially popular with international students include:

Study Abroad programme As a student from overseas, you can spend a semester or a year abroad at York St John. You can choose modules from any of our undergraduate degree programmes. Successful completion of these modules will give you credits towards your studies at home. For full information about modules, credits and the practicalities of studying abroad, please contact our Study Abroad Office. T: +44 1904 876942 E: m.williams@yorksj.ac.uk

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A flourishing International Society is supported by the Students’ Union. The atmosphere at York St John is friendly and overseas students find it easy to integrate quickly into student life and our cosmopolitan city.

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Study Abroad Office The Study Abroad Office will look after your welfare and deal with any problems which may arise. They also organise a programme of social events, including off campus visits. The Accommodation Office will help you find accommodation, either in York St John or privately rented accommodation.

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Entry requirements

We are very pleased to consider a range of qualifications for entry to our degree programmes.

BTEC A BTEC National Certificate or Diploma or the equivalent SCOTVEC.

Alternative entry An approved Access course or via our Alternative Entry System (please see page 125).

Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers THREE Scottish Highers at grade C, plus three passes at grade 1-3 at Standard level to include English Language.

Irish Leaving Certificate FOUR Irish Higher level passes at grade C, including English Language.

International qualifications An equivalent international qualification, ie a full International Baccalaureate Diploma/European Baccalaureate Diploma. Applicants from overseas can e-mail: admissions@yorksj.ac.uk with any specific queries.

Vocational qualifications Satisfactory completion of a modern apprenticeship or NVQ Level 3 qualification - other professional qualifications may also be considered.

Welsh Baccalaureate The Advanced Diploma comprising Core Certificate at Level 3, plus at least two options at Level 3, ie GCE Advanced or NVQ Level 3 or BTEC National Certificate at Pass may be considered. You can meet the minimum entry requirement of York St John in a number of ways:

14-19 Diploma We will accept students with the new 14-19 Diploma, from 2010. For further information please keep an eye on our website.

Flexible entry requirements York St John welcomes students of all ages and has flexible entry requirements for mature students. Please see page 124 for information about how to become a student with us. Also, if you are unable to commit to full-time study, have a look at page 128 for more information on how you can study on a part-time basis. The following list shows the normal minimum entry requirements for our degree programmes. Please note that some of our degree programmes require higher entry qualifications.

A2 Level/AVCE TWO passes at A2 Level/Pass in TWO AVCEs or ONE AVCE Double Award or a combination of the two qualifications.

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Can I get credit for previous study in Higher Education? If you have already completed or partially completed a course in Higher Education, it is possible to enter some of York St John’s programmes with credit. We can assess how much credit is appropriate for the study you have done and you could enter the second or even the final year of a relevant programme. Examples of qualifications we can give credit for include BTEC Higher National Diplomas and Certificates and Diplomas of Higher Education. Successful completion of part of a degree programme elsewhere in the country may also lead to entry with credit. You will still need to apply for entry with credit through UCAS. However, it is useful to contact Admissions at York St John first to assess whether entry with credit is possible. We will normally require information on what you have studied to assess whether you have sufficient credits and whether there is a reasonable match between what you have studied and what you now intend to study.

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How do I apply? All full-time degree programmes For autumn 2009 entry, you must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) for entry to full-time degree schemes. Programmes in the UCAS Scheme are listed in the UCAS Handbook and on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com

The UCAS Institution Code for York St John is Y75 YSJ.

What do I need in order to apply? For all our full-time courses, you can apply by using the UCAS online service Apply via the UCAS website (www.ucas.ac.uk). You must register with UCAS in order to log on to Apply and this process will generate you a username and enable you to choose a password. The on-screen guides will help you through the application process and you can save and amend your application as often as necessary before submitting it. Please check your application carefully before sending it to UCAS, making sure you have entered the correct course and institute codes. If you are unable to apply online, application materials can be requested by phone via the UCAS Customer Services team on 0870 112 2211.

Foundation degrees The Foundation Degrees in Rehabilitation, Visual Impairment, Community Arts and Creative Industries & Technology accept applications both through UCAS and direct to York St John. All other Foundation degrees only accept applications direct to York St John. To obtain a direct application form: T: 01904 876505 E: appforms@yorksj.ac.uk

Part-time study All part-time applicants should apply directly to York St John. Application forms are available from York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York, YO31 7EX. T: 01904 876505 or E: appforms@yorksj.ac.uk Further details about part-time and flexible study opportunities can be found on page 128.

When should I apply? Whichever course you are interested in, it’s good to apply as early as possible, once you’re sure that you’ve picked the right degree and the right place. There are some programmes at York St John that always fill up extremely quickly for example Film & TV Production, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Psychology. UCAS can start receiving applications for entry in autumn 2009 from 1 September 2008. The normal closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2009. If you can manage it, hitting this application date is a good idea. However UCAS accepts that this isn’t always

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possible and late applications are accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the applications’ year, with a deadline of 30 June 2009. Applications received by UCAS after 15 January are considered by institutions at their discretion, and no guarantee can be made that they will be given the same level of consideration as applications received by the normal closing date.

Applications for programmes involving Art & Design If you are applying for one of the above degrees for entry in 2009 there is a choice of two routes:

Route A Route A is the normal UCAS application procedure in which your application is received by all institutions you have nominated at roughly the same time. Decisions are made by each institution in their own time and you are informed through UCAS. You may be called for interview by some of these institutions. When all decisions have been made you choose which offer you wish to accept. The official closing date for entries is 15 January, but late applications can be considered after this date.

Route B Route B is a serial application system in which your application is sent to the first choice and then to other nominated institutions in turn until a place is secured. The closing date for entries using this route is 24 March. Programmes in Route B have course codes which all begin with the letter E. You can apply for any of the above schemes by one or both routes, but it is not a good use of your five choices to apply for the same course by both routes. For example you should not apply for course EN22 through Route B and WN22 through Route A.

UCAS Extra UCAS recently introduced a system called Extra, which operates from mid-February to June. If you find yourself without an offer, for whatever reason, and you have used all five choices already or if you wish to change your subject choice and decline your previous offers, UCAS Extra enables you to have an additional choice through UCAS. This will mean that if you do not have an offer at an early stage in the cycle, you do not have to wait until Clearing to continue to find a place. Universities and colleges with vacancies in Extra will list them on the UCAS website. Applicants who are eligible will be able to refer themselves electronically via the Applicant Enquiries Service for courses with vacancies. An Extra Passport will be sent to you if you prefer not to use the Internet facility so that you can contact institutions for consideration.


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Clearing At York St John, we are happy to keep places open for applications for many of our degrees right up to the publication of A2 Level results. We are also able to consider applications in Clearing (the period after the publication of A2 Level results in August) provided we have vacancies. The UCAS website will indicate our current vacancies.

How is my application considered? Most applications that are made to York St John are sent to us by UCAS. We will carefully read all applications and check to see that all general and specific entry requirements are met. This may result in an invitation to interview, after which we will decide whether to offer you a place. For certain courses, such as Teacher Training, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Counselling, we always interview candidates. Check out the degree programme pages to see whether a particular subject requires interviews. We may decide to make you an offer without interview. You will receive an offer through UCAS and a letter inviting you to a Visit Day at York St John to meet staff and students and view our facilities. If we offer you a place, the offer may be either Conditional or Unconditional. A Conditional offer depends on you obtaining certain qualifications or grades in your examinations and may also include other non-academic conditions such as Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure or medical reports. An Unconditional offer means that you have already met the academic entry requirements for the programme and have been accepted, though there may also be other conditions you need to meet eg CRB, medical. The offer you receive from us, via UCAS, will include information on any conditions that have to be met and guidance on how and when you have to make a decision on any offers you receive. If we are unable to make you an offer of a place, you will be advised by UCAS that unfortunately your application has been unsuccessful.

What happens if you accept a place at York St John? If you accept a place at York St John (UCAS will ask you to make a decision when you have had responses from all of your choices), we will send you further information on the degree programme and details about accommodation, reading lists etc in May/June. Conditional offers made by York St John are made in terms of a tariff score or the achievement of a particular level of qualification. In the summer, as results are received, we make a decision on

whether to accept a candidate or not, as quickly as we can. For some students it may be necessary to delay a decision until the results of all students are known after the publication of the A2 Level results. Students who have not met the terms of their offer will be ranked according to their tariff score/qualifications and we will decide how many of these students we are able to accept onto a particular programme. As soon as we are able to confirm your place, you will receive a confirmation slip from UCAS (form AS12) and be able to see this on UCAS Track. The AS12 form needs to be returned direct to York St John. At the end of August/early September you will also receive final joining instructions from us.

Will you accept an application for deferred entry? York St John values the experience students can gain through taking a ‘year out’ or ‘gap year’ and we are very pleased to consider applications for deferred entry. Deferral is, however, conditional on the availability of the programme for the following year and on your meeting all entry requirements before your ‘year out’ ie by 10 September 2009. If you decide to change your year of entry after you have submitted your application, please contact Admissions as soon as you can for further advice. You will need to make this request in writing, by letter or e-mail.

Students with special requirements We are very pleased to consider applications from students with a range of disabilities. If you are interested in applying to York St John and have special requirements please contact one of our advisers first. For further details contact the Disability Service on 01904 876540, Minicom 01904 876540 or E: disabilityservice@yorksj.ac.uk You should indicate the programme(s) in which you may be interested and the nature of your special requirement or disability. We will then be able to give you advice on the suitability of accommodation and other York St John facilities, and the availability of special learning resources. If you are planning to attend an Open Day or are invited to a Visit Day or an interview, please contact us prior to the event, so that we are aware of any special requirements you may have. Wherever possible, arrangements will be made to meet your specific requirements. If you require further information on any of our programmes or guidance on entry requirements, please contact: Admissions T: 01904 876598 or E: admissions@yorksj.ac.uk

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Information for parents

We recognise that there are many factors to consider when your son or daughter is choosing a Higher Education institution. They will often ask for your opinion and we want to make sure that you are informed about the benefits of choosing York St John. Visit our website at www.yorksj.ac.uk for details of who we are and what we do.

Some initial points to consider:

Our reputation York St John University can trace its history back to 1841 with the foundation of York Diocesan Training College. The institution has undergone several developments in its history and is now established in the heart of York as a University – a title it gained in 2006. We have a reputation for being a friendly, close-knit community and work hard to help our students achieve their goals.

Accommodation York St John-owned student residences are located either on campus or within walking or cycling distance. The majority of our students therefore don’t need a car or to use the excellent public transport system. Our Accommodation Office provides information on what is included in the fees for accommodation. They also offer advice on other accommodation options in the city. Contact the Accommodation Office T: 01904 876660 E: accommodation@yorksj.ac.uk

Shops and entertainment It is a short stroll into the city centre from the campus. All the major high street shops and banks are available and major supermarkets are close at hand. York welcomes its student population and provides many different entertainment venues.

Security The campus is a secure environment, with 24-hour monitoring. The city of York is also a very safe city with low crime rates.

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Fees and finance Student finance can be a complicated business, but we aim to make it as easy as possible. Our Student Finance Support Team will help you understand the financial system as it relates to you and your child. Contact the Student Finance Support Team T: 01904 876939 E: money@yorksj.ac.uk

Visit York St John Come and see for yourself – we invite you to attend one of our Open Days with your son or daughter. Here you can meet our academic and support staff, as well as current students, and we aim to answer your questions about life as a student at York St John. Contact the Information Hotline T: 01904 876598 E: opendays@yorksj.ac.uk See page 14 for dates and details about our Open Days.


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1 How old is York St John? We will celebrate our 168th birthday in 2009. York St John is a direct descendent of York Diocesan Training School, which was founded in 1841.

2 Why study at York St John? York St John is a thriving, friendly community. We are small enough so that you are not just a face in a crowd, but large enough to offer you a wide range of course options with excellent facilities and support.

3 How many students do you have? We have nearly 6,000 students, with 70% full-time and 30% part-time.

4 What are the facilities like? £50 million has been spent on developing the campus since 2000. State-of-the-art facilities include the Fountains Learning Centre, the Student Services Centre and the newly renovated CETL Chapel Studio. Autumn 2008 will see the opening of brand new student accommodation and our latest £15.5m signature building which will complete the modernisation of the campus (see page 8 for details).

5 Where in York is the campus? Right at the heart of the city, with spectacular views of York Minster and the city walls. Accommodation, shops and entertainment are all within walking distance.

6 What is the social life like? York is a fantastic place for students with its cosmopolitan atmosphere and wide choice of clubs, bars, pubs and cinemas.

7 What sort of accommodation is available? We are able to offer nearly all our first years places in YSJ-owned residences, which are either on campus or within 5 to 15 minutes walk away. There are also plenty of private sector lodgings/ houses and flats. New student accommodation to the tune of £10million opens in autumn 2008, providing fantastic, purpose-built housing on a selfcatering basis.

8 Do your graduates find employment? York St John graduates have a high employability rate – 95% of those graduating in 2006 went onto work and/or further study.

9 What is York like for student jobs? York offers great opportunities for part-time work, in the many tourist attractions, entertainment venues and shops.

10 What about graduation? The graduation ceremony takes place in the impressive surroundings of York Minster, making this a day to remember.

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Terms & conditions You will enter into a contract with York St John University (YSJ) at the point at which you accept an offer of a place. Your acceptance of the offer of a place is subject to your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out below. The terms and conditions apply to all YSJ’s students irrespective of the mode and place of their study. In the event of any inconsistency, the terms and conditions take precedence over any other advice or information offered by a member of YSJ’s staff or its publications. The terms and conditions may be varied by YSJ from time to time both before and after enrolment at YSJ. Such changes will normally be made in response to legal requirements, national guidance or policy, the reflection of market conditions in respect of programmes, the ongoing development of programmes and the improvement of YSJ services. Enquiries about these terms and conditions should be addressed to the Registrar, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk,York YO31 7EX. 1 As a condition of enrolment, you will be expected to comply with YSJ’s regulations and disciplinary procedures and the regulations of YSJ’s validating bodies as they apply to you as a student of YSJ and to your particular programme of study. Significant areas of regulation and disciplinary procedures apply to the following areas: l

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limited to) governmental actions, war, riots, civil commotion, fire, flood, epidemic, labour disputes (including the labour disputes of a third party) and act of God. 13 Where YSJ delivers a programme of study in conjunction with a partner organisation, information on the delivery of admissions, learning and teaching, learning resources, student support and disciplinary procedures will be as specified in the partnership agreement between YSJ and its partners. Where responsibility rests with the partner organisation, YSJ excludes liability to the full extent permissible under the law for failure by the partner organisation to carry out such responsibilities, for the negligent acts or omissions of its staff or for circumstances beyond the partner organisation’s control which prevent or limit the performance of its obligations.

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Student Experience Partnership Our Student Experience Partnership has been developed jointly by student representatives and York St John staff. It is an example of the learning partnership which has evolved from our long tradition of providing high quality degree level education in a friendly and supportive environment. It summarises the rights and responsibilities of students. The aim is a community where students and staff can together create a climate where everyone can fulfil their academic, cultural and social potential. You can see the Student Experience Partnership in full on our website at www.yorksj.ac.uk

Our vision We are committed to the principles of equal opportunity in all aspects of York St John life and activity. Students and staff are entitled to be treated fairly and with respect. Equal treatment is both a right and a responsibility throughout the York St John community. We must all try to follow this policy and take personal responsibility for our own actions.

Higher York Higher York is a partnership of the four providers of Higher Education in York - Askham Bryan College, The University of York, York College and York St John University. Higher York aims to improve choice for students, encourage innovation in teaching and learning, and share the resources and expertise of the four institutions.

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Message from the Vice Chancellor

Thoughts from the Students’ Union President

You now have to make some important choices! We hope that this initial introduction to courses and to life at York St John University encourages you to consider our offer seriously. We would, of course, welcome a visit from you to discover more about us. During your visit you will meet the students and tutors who shape our very distinctive experience of university life. They will talk to you about your particular programme interests; the learning facilities that you will enjoy; the collegiality and friendship of our academic community; some creative ways to help you manage financial and other demands - and they will enthuse you with stories about the exciting environment that is York, with its rich mix of heritage and culture, cafés, bars and nightlife.

York St John has become my second home, and will fast become yours. It is an open, friendly and fun University with an amazing community feel. In the Students’ Union we strive to ensure our members have the best experience possible, hence our mission statement “Enriching the Student Experience”.

York St John University awards are distinctive and dynamic. They are designed for you to achieve not only the subject specific skills you will need to enter your chosen profession, but also the life and work skills which we know employers are looking for in today’s competitive job market. We have a proud tradition of successful achievement for our students - people who come to us from a wide range of backgrounds. We are committed to supporting and stretching you to attain your academic goals and future entry or re-entry into the world of work. Do come and join us. You have my warmest wishes for your study and career success.

Professor Dianne Willcocks

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From the officers and managers to the bar staff and our student volunteers, everyone here is involved and committed to helping you get the most from your time here, making friends for life and gain skills and experiences that will create the world of difference when you begin your career. From joining any of the vast array of clubs or societies, to having lunch in the Students’ Union Fresh bar, to learning new skills through our training programmes or raising a few quid for a worthwhile cause, the Students’ Union is always vibrant in one way or another, and the ways in which you can get involved and maximise your own potential are endless. The next few years of your life will be some of the most significant and enjoyable you will ever experience, so make sure you make the most of it! Making the decision of where to spend this next chapter of your life is a difficult and daunting one, but you can rest assured that in joining York St John you will become part of an extraordinary University in a unique city, and enjoy a truly enriched student experience!

Luke Hogarth Students’ Union President 2007 - 2008


One of the many great things about studying at York St John is the night life. Not only are there loads of great nights and activities going on in the Students’ Union but there is loads to do in town too. There are over 365 pubs and lots of late night bars many of which cater for students with lots of offers and cheap drinks! There are also some great clubs. My favourite nights out are Tuesday at the Gallery and Wednesday nights at Toffs. These are York St John’s official nights, so the clubs are always full of people you know which makes for really good nights out. My friends and I often do a mini pub-crawl starting at the Students’ Union and visiting all the cheaper pubs and bars before we go clubbing. And if we don’t want to go clubbing there’s often film showings, quiz nights and acoustic entertainment either at the Students' Union, or in one of the many pubs in York.

Anjuli Patrick, Theology graduate 2006

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How can I find out more about courses at York St John?

Contact our Information Hotline on 01904 876598 or E: admissions@yorksj.ac.uk

Fill in the tear-off card at the back of the prospectus

Come to an Open Day - details on page 14

Every effort is made to ensure that the information given about programmes is accurate and complete. However York St John reserves the right to make changes or cancellations to the programmes offered, without notice. York St John cannot accept liability for loss resulting from any such change.

This prospectus is also available in other formats, for example large print and audio cassette. Please contact the Marketing Office on 01904 876960 or E: marketing@yorksj.ac.uk © York St John University Produced by the Marketing Dept, York St John University

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