Students in Care

We provide extra advice, guidance and supprot for students who are in local authority care, or just leaving care, on all aspects of life.

A dedicated member of the support team will:

  • offer guidance on course choices
  • provide information and support to access your guaranteed bursary money
  • liaise with key people: your teachers, key worker, foster family and social worker
  • give you guidance throughout your course

We tailor our support to your needs - from the moment you apply.

What support will I receive?

Transition support

We can provide you with support and information for your transition into college. You will have contact with the support team, who can meet you before your interview, talk with you about choices and gather information from your school and those around you.

Dedicated support team

Our dedicated support team will support you throughout your time at College. We can work with you, your teachers, your key worker, foster family, social worker and the Virtual school, to help you get the best from your course and from life. We'll give you information about other services in the College, for example welfare support or additional English and maths support, and we'll assist you to access them should you need to.

Help with money

Whether you are a care leaver, or currently in care, you will qualify for the Guaranteed Bursary if you are aged between 16 and 18. Up until the age of 16, this goes directly to your school, but in post-16 education, it will come directly to you. We will go through a checklist of support with you and help you complete the forms, to ensure you receive the maximum financial support to which you are entitled.

Progression

Throughout your course and when you are coming towards the end of your studies, we will help you make decisions about your next steps; whether you want to go on to another college course, university or employment. If you'd like to find out more about this support, please contact Katie Cole, our Learning Coach for Care Leavers by calling 0117 312 3435 or emailing Katie.Cole@cityofbristol.ac.uk.