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Young Carers & 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
  • A “Young Carer” whereby you look after a friend or family member who is ill or disabled, in an unpaid capacity

We can provide you with extra support.

Focus Groups

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 see if you need any support. We will also be setting up a Focus Group where you will be invited to attend and feedback to us on your NESCol Experience so that we can support you and improve our future service.

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 and 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.


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 caring responsibilities and/or Care Experienced background, as soon as possible.

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

For more information, download our Young Carers and Care Experienced Students leaflet.

Student Stories

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

Julie Ingram

Julie Ingram

Hair, Beauty & Complementary Therapies

Body & Spa Therapies (VRQ Level 3 Diploma in Body & Spa Techniques)

“I think my story shows the diversity a career in Beauty Therapy can offer. Not only can it allow you to travel, work anywhere in the world, but also give you the choice to work in an established salon or set up your own business and become your own boss. The opportunities are endless. It’s such a fun, rewarding career and the job satisfaction from making your client feel better about themselves is priceless. “

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Diane Shearer

Diane Shearer

Art, Design & Photography

HND Fashion & Textiles

“I was so nervous about starting College and felt uncertain about my abilities but NESCol completely changed that. I loved the course, learned so much from my lecturers and it gave me a new found confidence. It’s not easy at times being a busy Mum and juggling study but I have proven I can do it. When I started at NESCol I would never have believed I’d end up studying at a prestigious art school and firmly believe that my time at College has given me an advantage in coping with the demands of a degree. I’d say to any parents out there who feel they want a second chance at education to go for it and grab the opportunity with both hands, it really can change your life. “


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