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Open Days and Applicant Visit Days

If you're thinking of applying to study Computer Science at the University of York, you might like to come and take a look around the Department and University.

The University holds a number of Open Days each year, giving you a chance to meet members of academic staff, admissions staff and current students. It's an opportunity to see where you might spend the next few years studying, ask any questions about the course or applying, and quiz current students on what life is really like at York!

If you then choose to apply to study with us - and we are impressed by your grades, personal statement and references - we will recommend you for an offer. You will be invited to attend an Applicant Visit Day which includes the opportunity to attend an optional interview. Although the interview is not part of your offer, and you do not need to attend, if you do attend, and perform well at interview, your offer may be reduced by one A-Level grade or equivalent. Please note, irrespective of your performance at interview, the Department will recommend that the University makes you an offer.

In the case of applicants living outside the UK, a decision will be made based on their application.

To find out more about our Open Days and Applicant Visit Days, click on one of the tabs below:

Open Days

What happens at the University Open Days?

We hold a number of University-wide Open Days each year, where our staff and current students are on hand to offer information and answer questions about admissions, degree programmes and student life. 

On the day, you can attend talks about what it's like to study Computer Science at York, and receive application advice from our Admissions Tutor. We also hold a mini-lecture, giving a real taste of our teaching, as well as tours and demos around the building. Our demos are given by current students, often about projects they are working on, so you get to see exactly the sort of thing you'll be learning at York.

Please visit the University of York Open Days page for current dates, details about how to register to attend, and other ways that you can meet us.

Applicant Visit Days

What happens at the Applicant Visit Days?

If you choose to apply to study with us - and we are impressed by your grades, personal statement and references - we will recommend you for an offer. You will be invited to attend an Applicant Visit Day which includes the opportunity to attend an optional interview.

Our Applicant Visit Days give you an opportunity to meet with current students and lecturers. You will hear more about what we offer, as well as student perspectives on the course, the year in industry and life at York. We also invite one of our past students, so they can tell you how their degree has helped them in their career. 

You will go on a departmental tour with one of our student ambassadors to see some demonstrations of student lab work and current research. There is also a guided tour of the University of York Campus East with some of our current students, with the opportunity to see one of their study bedrooms.

As a part of the Visit Day we give you the opportunity to attend an optional interview with a member of our academic staff in the Department of Computer Science. The interview will explore your knowledge, interests, and future plans in Computer Science. Although the interview is not part of your offer, and you do not need to attend, if you do attend, and perform well at interview, your offer may be reduced by one A-Level grade or equivalent. Please note, irrespective of your performance at interview, the Department will recommend that the University makes you an offer.

If you do not wish to attend an interview, you can just come along to the Department for the Applicant Visit Day.

Our interviews are informal, friendly and give you the opportunity to chat about your interest in computer science. Your interview will be a one-to-one session with an academic who works at the forefront of the subject. This is also your chance to ask any questions about the course. 

Your interview will cover:

  • Your motivation for studying computer science,
  • Your understanding of what the subject of computer science is,
  • Any prior experience that is relevant to computer science (e.g. programming, electronics projects, certain areas of maths),
  • Your technical ability,
  • Broader experience relevant to succeeding at university.

Your technical ability will also be assessed by working through a problem with your interviewer. The problems vary but could, for example, be similar to an A-level maths question, it could be something related to a project you have undertaken or it could be an algorithmic problem. We’re less interested in whether or not you get the problem right than we are in how you approach the problem. If the problem seems difficult, then think aloud and ask lots of questions.

Throughout the day, our staff and students are on hand to answer any questions you might have about life at York, including about our degree courses, the University, accommodation and the City of York itself.  We provide a sandwich lunch during which you can chat to our staff and students, and to other applicants.

Your parents and family are welcome to attend with you on the day, so they too can see the place where you might be spending the next few years of your life.