An Introduction to York College.
An ‘Outstanding’ College (Ofsted, December 2013), we are the top General Further Education College in Yorkshire. We are financially strong and are officially designated as having ‘Outstanding’ financial health.
We welcome job applications from anyone who has the requisite skills, qualifications and experience. All applications are considered strictly on merit. Our aim is to appoint the best person for the job, regardless of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age or any other ‘protected’ characteristic.
York College provides high quality education and training for school leavers and adults, and each year works with approximately 9000 students, of all abilities, including those with special educational needs and disabilities. We deliver outstanding outcomes for learners and in terms of our exam results we are in the top ten percent of Further Education Colleges in the country.
Our 2017-18 A and AS level results were spectacular! Our overall pass rate was 99.9% (99.66% in 2016-17). High grades rose again to 59.2%.
The College provides a more mature learning environment, often described as ‘a stepping stone’ between university and employment. It offers the largest choice of A Levels in the region together with a range of 80 Vocational qualifications, with results consistently well above national average. And, working with approximately 1,000 local employers, York College offers hundreds of apprenticeships.
We deliver outstanding teaching in academic and vocational subjects across a range of areas including engineering, hospitality, IT, construction and the creative arts. In 2015-16 we opened a new purpose built £6 million Construction & Skills Centre, intended to help address the country’s skills shortage in this area.
Tutors are frequently industry professionals or examiners themselves and are keen to pass on their expertise. The College also prioritises the development of the wider skills needed by employers and higher level study. At all levels and in all subjects, the main focus at York College is student success.
In recognition of excellence in the arts and cultural provision in the performing arts, music, media and art & design divisions, York College has been awarded the Artsmark Gold Award by the Arts Council. Students studying these subjects continue to secure places at top art colleges, drama schools, conservatoires and universities up and down the country.
We have a reputation in the city for successful working relationships with key organisations such as York Theatre Royal, working on the York Mystery Plays, and York Museum’s Trust, on the York Residents’ Festival. Also, as a partner in Higher York, the College benefits from joint initiatives with the city’s universities. The York College Business Development Unit has facilitated important ESF projects in the city, and other successful partnerships include working with Job Centre Plus on back to work schemes with retailers such as John Lewis.
The College also delivers Higher Education programmes across a variety of subjects including art and design, computing and sport, validated by York St John University. Offering lower fees and smaller groups, it’s the ideal environment to study degree-level qualifications. International courses are also offered to students from as far afield as China. Having an international presence in the College provides local students with an inclusive educational environment.