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Care Leavers

Useful Links

Want more Information?

If you are thinking about applying to university, there is a lot of useful information available for Care Leavers and those with experience of Care. The below links are just a few of the sites that can offer information, advice and guidance regarding: researching courses, student finance, support packages and much more.

If you are unsure as to where to start, please do not hesitate to contact Ashley Watson who is Durham University’s Care Leaver Co-ordinator.


UCAS is a great place to start researching about university! They have information about courses, what support is available if you are a Care Leaver as well as video tutorials for the university application process. If you choose to apply to Durham or another university in the UK, you will need to submit an application via UCAS so it is worthwhile familiarising yourself with this website.

For useful information relating to support if you have left Care and are thinking of university, click here to go to the UCAS Care Leaver support video.

Student Finance

Student Finance can at times seem a tricky topic to master but there is a lot of guidance and support available. The Student Finance website provides a wealth of information and it enables you to get an estimate of your support through their interactive Student Finance Calculator. This website will outline some of the main forms of financial support for students. To find out more about student finance, click here to access their webpage.

Buttle UK

Buttle UK provide support for children, young people and Care Leavers and they have developed useful resources relating to support that is avaliable for students who are Care Leavers. Further information and guidance can be found here.

Durham University is a holder of the Buttle UK Quality Mark in recognition of our support and commitment to Care Leavers. To find out more about what this means, click here.



Become, (formerly 'The Who Cares? Trust') is an organsiaton who are a voice for children and young people in the UK who are in Care. They provide information on a range of ages and have some excellent guides for Care Leavers who are considering university. Their HE Handbook may be a useful place to start as this handbook contains information about the different support packages avaliable at each university. For further details, click here.

Care Leavers Association

The Care Leavers Association is charity run by Care leavers for Care Leavers. They provide a wide range of information which may be useful; especially their information regarding thinking about further and higher education which can be accessed here.

The Care Leavers Foundation

The Care Leavers Foundation is an organisation dedicated to the support of Care Leavers. They provide information and Grants for Care Leavers in Crisis. Click here to access The Care Leavers Foundation website.