Support for care leavers
Universities offer varying packages of support for care leavers, and sometimes this support is extended to care experienced students.
It’s best to check directly with the university about what help and support they offer. You can visit their website (or type the university name plus ‘care leaver’ into your internet browser to find the pages more easily).
You can also compare the support that’s offered by different universities on the Propel website (run by Become, the Care Leaver charity).
Support could include:
- having a named contact who can help you apply
- help with your UCAS application
- signposting to the financial support that’s available
- support when you’re getting ready to move in
- the offer of year-round accommodation
Some universities offer pre-entry support for care experienced students, which can include taster days, summer schools, and one-to-one meetings with members of staff and students who are studying subjects they are interested in.
Some universities are even able to offer some academic support to help with studies!
The earlier you contact the universities, the more you can access support and the greater your chances of being successful in getting into university and having a smooth transition.