Are you a care-experienced student?
Check out our blog post as part of Care Leavers Week 2021 to find out how you can access support in higher education!
Become is asking people to share what they think leaving care should be for National Care Leavers Week. We think that they should always feel supported when making their future choices!
We know that making choices can feel overwhelming, so we have put together some important things to remember if you are applying for higher education as a care-experienced student.
Tick The Box ✔️
There are so many ways to access support at university and the best way to begin your higher education journey is by ‘ticking the box’. When you apply to university through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admission Service), they will be able to offer you a wealth of different support when you let them know you are care-experienced! This can be anything from finances, academic guidance, or general well-being and can begin right from your application until you graduate. Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to a dedicated team of people who will provide lots of support to help you achieve your goals.
Supported Entry Schemes 🎓
Another great way to access university is through a supported entry scheme. These are a way to gain entry to higher education, usually through the lowering of course entry requirements. Doing some research about your chosen universities is always the best way to be prepared! A lot of institutions across the UK offer these such as Newcastle University’s PARTNERS scheme.
Check out the Propel website, powered by Become, to read about care-experienced students and their experiences of university here; https://propel.org.uk/UK/. They also have lots of great resources including a free care advice line!
Believe you can, and you will! 🙋♂️
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