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Care Experienced Students

If you identify as being care experienced then we can provide you with extra support.

Are you care experienced?

We appreciate that starting College is a big step and can bring with it a number of different challenges. However, at NESCol we are proud Corporate Parents and are dedicated to making your experience a positive, enjoyable and supportive one.

If you identify as being:

  • In “Foster Care or Supported Care”
  • A “Care Leaver” no longer in care
  • In “Residential Care”
  • In “Kinship Care” i.e. living with a relative that isn’t your mum or dad
  • “Looked After at Home” with the support of your Social Worker/Local Authority

We can provide you with extra support.

image of hands making a heart shape with the text Our NESCol SPACE (Student Platform for All our Care Experienced)

Getting to know you

If you have told us that you are Care Experienced you will be contacted by the Student Advice and Support Team regularly to “check-in” and support you. You will also be invited to take part in “Our NESCol SPACE” (Student Platform for All our Care Experienced).  This is a forum to get to know other Care Experienced Students at NESCol, build support networks and hear from Guest Speakers.

Extra support available

Pre-entry advice

We can help you choose a course that sets you on the right path to reaching your career goals.

Guaranteed interviews

We guarantee course interviews for our care experienced applicants.

Transition & learning support

Our Student Advice and Support Team can help and advise you in making your transition to College as smooth as possible. Once enrolled, we can continue to help you with Study Skills Support and Additional Learning & Assessment Support where required.

Priority funding processing

All care experienced applicants will have their funding application prioritised.

Enhanced funding

All care experienced applicants will be considered for enhanced funding of up to £8,100, depending on personal circumstances and course level.

Need help with your funding application? Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook for information about our upcoming funding workshops.

Academic support

Students at NESCol will have a dedicated Academic Tutor who can support with pastoral or academic issues.

Peer support

The Students’ Association can assist you with peer support and advice on clubs, societies and social experiences that could enhance your NESCol experience.

Employability

All our students can leave College with a CV, and advice on navigating volunteering and job markets.

Let us know

It is important that you make us aware of your care experience as soon as possible.

Contact the team directly by calling 01224 612091, dropping into your local Student Advice Centre, or by emailing careexperience@nescol.ac.uk.

Keep up-to-date

We also encourage you to check our Wakelet page regularly for the most up-to-date Care Experienced information from NESCol and our partners.

Student Stories

Don’t take our word for it!  Find out what our students think about studying at NESCol.

Kirsten Koss

Kirsten Koss

Social Sciences

HND Social Sciences

“I’m so glad that I came to NESCol because it really has been a life changing experience. I think Social Sciences is a great place to be if you’re curious about the world or if there’s something that really frustrates you about the system and you’d really like to see it change. Studying an HND in Social Sciences really helped me to see the world in a better light. The department has such down to earth, friendly, normal staff and I would jump at the chance to finish my studies at the college if I could. Choose College – it really is a wonderful place!”

Read more about Kirsten's story
Margarita Ivanova

Margarita Ivanova

Business & Management

HND Accounting

“NESCol has made a huge difference for me and I would say to anyone considering retraining to just go for it – you’ll be surprised at what you can achieve and the difference it will make in a short time. I would highly recommend college to others who have moved to Scotland from abroad, especially if you are not sure where to start with gaining qualifications. College is a great because it gives you the option to go straight into work or continue on to further study.”

Read more about Margarita's story