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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.

Making an appointment

You can also book an appointment with our Student Support Tutor or Student Wellbeing Advisers by logging into MyNEScol. Don’t forget you can also download MyNEScol app for Apple and Android devices.

Once logged into MyNEscol, please select ‘Student Advice & Support’ and then ‘Book an appointment’.

Keep in touch

Follow the NESCol Student Advice Centre on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates on how the Student Advice and Support Team can help you throughout your studies.

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 £9,000 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.

NESCol also supports the This Is Us student-led community. This Is Us is a dedicated and safe online space for estranged HE students (and recent graduates) in the UK to connect, share info, arrange meet-ups and more! It’s free, national, and open to all ages & years of study.


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.

For Care Experienced students at Altens Campus, Fraserburgh Campus or the Scottish Maritime Academy your key contact is Aimee Ridgeway: A.Ridgeway@nescol.ac.uk.

For Care Experienced students at City Campus your key contact is Lianne Marriott: l.marriott@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.

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