The University of Bradford is committed to supporting Care Experienced students with their Higher Education journey. Our commitment is reflected in our membership of the Care Leavers Covenant, and our recognition as the UK’s University of the Year for Social Inclusion 2020 by the Times and Sunday Times.
As a Care Experienced Student, you may encounter some unique challenges in the transition from a sixth form or college to higher education, or indeed in returning to education after a few years away. If you have been in the care of a local authority as a child, we can give you the support and advice you need to help you have a full, enriching and enjoyable experience at Bradford.
We’re able to give advice about student finance and can provide one-to-one support throughout the application process through our dedicated pre-admission advisor. We can also arrange individual visits to campus to see the facilities and for you to meet academics and current students. We’re also able to arrange meetings with current University of Bradford students who have previously been in care. As part of our contextualised admissions process, known as University of Bradford Progression Scheme, care experienced students will automatically receive an offer equivalent to one A level grade (8 UCAS points) lower than our standard entry criteria.
To support your transition to University, students will be invited to join the “Step Up to HE" programme. Once you are with us, our dedicated post-admission contact can offer advise on all financial, accommodation, and transition support matters. At Bradford we offer a whole range of supportive opportunities from our Care Experienced Students Grant through to our Peer mentoring Scheme to ensure you get the most out of your studies and are fully supported throughout your university journey.