Education / Training

If you decide to leave school at 16 and would like to find out about getting practical skills like building or more qualifications like GCSEs in English and maths, A levels or Diplomas (this is called ‘Further Education’), click here https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/find-a-course

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You are entitled to get help applying for courses from your Personal Adviser

If you’re between 14 and 19 find out what courses and qualifications are available to study near where you live https://www.gov.uk/courses-qualifications

Find out what funding is available for your college course https://www.gov.uk/further-education-courses/financial-help

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Are you thinking of going to university? (also known as ‘Higher Education’)

http://propel.org.uk/UK/?country=uk

A university student’s story http://propel.org.uk/stories/zions-story/

A Youtube film of care leavers at university https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NN2T0D6mW2Y

All applications to university are made through UCAS https://www.ucas.com

When filling in your UCAS form tick the ‘Care Leaver’ box and you will get more support https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/applying-university/individual-needs/ucas-undergraduate-support-care-leavers

(For information on applying to Student Finance to fund your university course go to the Money section)

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Many universities offer special support to care leavers, both during the application stage and once you arrive to start doing your course

Here are the websites for some of the universities offering special support:

University of London https://www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk/money/undergraduates/care-experienced-students/

Brunel University, London https://www.brunel.ac.uk/study/schools-and-colleges/widening-access/Care-Leavers Postgraduate study support at Brunel https://www.brunel.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/articles/Applications-open-for-5000-Santander-care-leaver-bursary

Bristol University https://www.uwe.ac.uk/life/health-and-wellbeing/uwe-cares/care-leavers

University of Bath https://www.bath.ac.uk/guides/additional-support-and-funding-for-care-leavers-foyer-residents-and-estranged-students/

University of Birmingham http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/requirements/care-leavers.aspx

Bournemouth University https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/studying-us/information-care-leavers

Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/news/2021/04/edge-hill-signs-the-care-leaver-covenant/

University of Cambridge http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/why-cambridge/support/care-leaver-support

University of Essex, Colchester https://www1.essex.ac.uk/students/groups/care-leavers.aspx

University of Wales, Swansea https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/care/

University of Edinburgh https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/undergraduate/access-edinburgh/carers-care-experience/care-experienced

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If you don’t get into the university you wanted you can apply through what is called ‘Clearing’ to see if you can get into a different one

https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/student-advice/final-choice/guide-to-ucas-clearing