Information for parents

Is your son or daughter thinking of studying Computer Science at York? You probably have lots of your own questions you'd like to ask. This page answers some of the questions we are asked most frequently by parents and guardians.

If you can't find the answer to your question, email our Admissions Team and we'll answer your query!

Which accommodation should my child choose? Is it better to be on Campus East?

Computer Science students live in University accommodation across both Campus East and Campus West.

Many choose to live in Goodricke, Langwith or Constantine Colleges, all on Campus East, due to proximity to the Department. However, others prefer to have a separation between 'work' and 'home' by living in accommodation on Campus West.

Whichever accommodation your child chooses, college life will ensure they get to mix with students of other disciplines, to make for a rich, varied and diverse University experience.

Read more about our colleges

Is it easy to get between the two campuses?

Computer Science is based in purpose-built accommodation on Campus East.

It's easy to travel between Campus East and Campus West, with approximately a ten minutes' walk from one campus to the other. Traffic-free cyclepaths, footpaths and a free and frequent service bus service across the University allow students to move easily between Campus East and Campus West.

Many students bring their own bikes or purchase second-hand bikes when they get here. The University provides cycle storage and cycle pump stations across campus, and shower facilities in many buildings. It also provides regular free 'Bike Doctor' services and heavily discounted cycle products, which are available from the shop on campus. Read more about our sustainable travel initiative

Campus East is well connected to other parts of the city, with regular bus services into York city centre serving a major supermarket, high street shops and the railway station.

Are the fees the same for all years, even the year in industry? How are they paid?

You can find the most up to date information about fees on the main University website. Here, you can also find out more about discounted fees while students are on their year in industry and or on a study year abroad.

Paying the fees

Students can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loan Company, which pays the fees directly to York. Students who already have a first honours degree and overseas students are not eligible for this loan. You can find more information about tuition fee loans on the Student Loan Company website.

If a student is not eligible for a tuition fee loan, then they are responsible for paying their fees directly to York. These can be done in instalments throughout the year, and can also be paid online or by direct debit or BACS. More information can be found on the student web pages about money and fees.

What are the key dates in the process?

The UCAS website provides key dates regarding the admissions process.

If we receive an application form and are impressed by the grades, personal statement and reference, we will recommend the applicant for an offer. They will also be given the opportunity to attend an optional interview.

The interview is not part of the offer, and the applicant does not need to attend. However, if they choose to attend and perform well at interview, the offer may be reduced by one A level grade or equivalent.

For entry in 2018, our Applicant Visit Days will be held from mid November 2017 through to mid March 2018, and the interview forms a part of this day. Applicants will be invited to a specific Visit Day by email. If he or she cannot attend on the date given, we request that they contact us as soon as possible, so that we can arrange an alternative date.

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

Find out more about our Open Days and Interview Visits.

What about a job on graduation?

Here at York, we work hard to make sure our graduates are fit for the workplace when they leave us. For this reason, we regularly consult with industry leaders so that we can ensure our teaching remains up to date and relevant in the workplace.

Our teaching is principled and covers theory as well as practice. For example, we don't just teach one programming language, but the principles of programming, so when our graduates get a job, they can tackle any programming language much more easily.

We also give our students plenty of time to practice what we teach - problem classes, practicals and tutorials all help to put theory into practice. Projects set by industry also give students the chance to work on real-life problems, and some of these solutions are actually used by the organisation involved. Many of our academics have worked in industry, so know what to do when preparing our graduates for work.

Our year in industry also gives students a chance to do this in a real-life environment - and many of those who go on a year in industry get improved grades, an improved attitude to their studies and a job before they graduate.

Alongside the academic modules, we teach our students the skills associated with being a professional computer scientist in industry or academia. We assist with CV writing, interviews and presentation skills to help prepare our students for the workplace. The University's Careers team is also on hand to help with preparing for interviews and finding work after graduation.

All of these practices mean that all those who take a job after graduating from York go into professional or managerial positions. We're a top Computer Science department for employability, and we work hard to make sure we stay that way. 

Find out more about our Year in Industry

Find out more about what our students do when they graduate

Find out more about our connections with industry

My daughter wants to study Computer Science. Will she be the only girl?

We're delighted to say, no, your daughter won't be the only girl!

While it is true that Computer Science is a traditionally male subject area, we're working hard to open up the subject to female students as well, including through our outreach work in schools. Other universities are doing the same, and it is working - the number of girls studying Computer Science at York goes up every year.

Our annual intake normally includes approximately 15 per cent female students. We also have a number of female academics, who teach and supervise undergraduate students.