Deciding to study at university is a big step for anybody. You will be entering a world of new opportunities, new friends, and new ways of thinking. At the University of Birmingham, we offer the highest quality academic experience within a supportive environment. But if you are leaving care to come to university, we believe that you deserve a little extra support to help you make the right choices and get the financial help and assistance you’re entitled to. Meaning you can settle in quickly to be able to focus on your studies and enjoy your student experience.

We are proud to provide support to all the students whose circumstances are reflected below.

We define a care leaver as a young person over the age of 16 who has been in care of the local authority and/or Health and Social Care Trust for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14.

We define a care experience student as an individual who has been in care at any stage in their life, no matter how short a period.

When making your application to any university, we strongly recommend that you tick the box on your UCAS application. This will help identify you to the relevant staff who will then send you information about the support they can offer.

We have been working hard with our current care-experienced students to create a support system which best reflects the requirements, are support includes but is not limited to below.  For the full details of our support visit -

  • Pre-application support
  • Support throughout UCAS application 
  • A Contextual Offer Specific 
  • Financial support and bursaries 
  • 365-day accommodation with priority choice of university owned accommodation
  • Careers advice and support after graduation 
  • Enhanced student support from academic services and welfare teams
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