Support available for care experienced students

The University of Exeter has specialist provision to support care-experienced students’ progress to Higher Education. I hope that the following information helps when you are discussing future pathways with students who have been or are currently in care. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team if you have any questions.

Support before university studies:

  • Exeter Scholars
    If your students are care experienced they may be eligible to be part of the Exeter Scholars programme, by completing one of three pathways which feature events and activity. The free programme provides opportunities to develop knowledge about university and experience what it’s like to study a subject at University level. Find out more about Exeter Scholars
  • Admissions support
    During our admissions processes we recognise the impact that being in care can have on a student’s attainment and this may be taken into account when we are considering their application. This might mean that the applicant is made an offer at the lower end of the grade range, or made an ‘aspirational’ offer if their predicted grades aren’t quite in line with our expected levels. In addition, some GCSE requirements may be waived.
  • Designated contact points
    If your students are considering higher education and need advice or guidance before (and during) the application process please do point them in the direction of our designated point of contact for care experienced students: Natalie Bracher:

Financial support for care leavers *

  • Fee Waiver Care Leavers starting undergraduate or PGCE courses at the University of Exeter will not have to pay tuition fees. In order for the University to provide this support, a care leaver must indicate they they have been in care on their UCAS application form. Our Admissions Team will contact the student asking for further information.
  • Care Leavers’ Bursary The bursary is intended to help with the cost of accommodation during the summer vacation period after first and subsequent years of study (but not final year). The bursary amount is not fixed, but is decided by taking into account the additional cost of accommodation needs.

* At the University of Exeter we define a care leaver as a young person (up to the age of 25) who has been looked after by the local authority for more than 13 weeks since they were 14, including some time at age 16 or 17.

Academic and careers support

While studying at the university of Exeter, students who are care experienced  have access to a range of support services including:
– one on one meetings with the university’s designated member of staff for care leavers and care experienced students.
-care experience support groups
-Peer mentoring scheme for care leavers and estranged students
– career and employability support and guidance throughout the duration of their degree, and continued support after graduation.

For further details regarding how the University of Exeter supports care experienced students please visit

Please get in touch with our outreach team if you have any questions about how we support students considering their university options:

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