The Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 defines a care leaver as a young person who has been in the care of a local authority for at least 13 weeks including at the time of their 16th birthday.
We’re committed to providing support to young people in the care of a local authority who aspire to go to university. As part of this commitment, we offer practical advice and support on how to apply and, once you're enrolled on a course, we will give you every assistance to achieve your degree. This support also extends to young people with a background in other forms of care, who have been privately fostered or are estranged from their families.
Before joining us, we offer care leavers:
Pre-entry advice and guidance
- Support with the application and admissions process. For general information on the application process, please consult our main Admissions pages.
- Invitations to special events
- A named contact at the University
After joining us, we offer care leavers:
- A pre-sessional induction event
- Year-round campus accommodation, if required, for the normal duration of your course (at the current rate)
- The opportunity to become a WP Student Ambassador (paid part-time work complementing students' studies
- The opportunity in Year 1 to participate in our Widening Participation Summer Internship scheme and in Year 2 our Widening Participation Professional Mentoring programmes which link students with a business mentor
- Graduation Support Package
- Named contacts who will help to iron out problems
Care leavers may be eligible for a Care Leaver (Foyer Federation) Bursary of £1,000 pa for up to 3 years, in addition to any other financial entitlement, if they are under 25 and meet the definition of care leaver above.
Care leavers are also a priority category for various types of scholarships, provided they meet other eligibility criteria. See our fees and funding page for more information.