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Access for care leavers and Foyer students

Useful contacts

Outreach events and activities

Email: Widening Participation Office

Admissions support


Funding advice

Email: Scholarships and bursaries


The University is committed to supporting care leavers and Foyer students, both during the university application process and once they arrive at Bath.

We are aware of the challenges students face when starting university and we want them to get the best out of their course and the university experience. Students can discuss with us the level of support they feel they require, or will require, in the knowledge that our service is fully confidential and optional.

Outreach events and activities

We offer targeted outreach activities to raise care leavers’ and Foyer students’ aspirations and achievements, helping them to continue into higher education. These are run in partnership with the University of the West of England, Bath Spa University and the University of Bristol.

We also run bespoke events, including:

  • a tour of our campus
  • a Q&A with one of our Student Ambassadors with knowledge of our service
  • a session about getting support and financial help

Applications and admissions

We provide care leavers and Foyer students with advice and support about admissions processes, including the UCAS application and writing a personal statement.

We encourage applicants to state their care leaver status in the ‘Additional information’ section on the UCAS application form. This information will be used to monitor their application process and to offer support if they confirm Bath as their firm choice.

If a care leaver or Foyer student has experienced disruption to their studies due to their background, we encourage their referee to note this in the reference that they provide on the UCAS form. We are then able to take account of this when processing the application.

If the information required is too detailed for the UCAS form, you can contact us directly. Please include the applicant’s programme choice, UCAS number and full name.


Funding and financial guidance

Care leavers entering higher education before the age of 25 are currently entitled to a one-off bursary of at least £2,000 from their local authority. You may be able to assist them with finding out more about this.

Care leavers are a priority group for our funding packages, which can offer eligible students:

  • bursaries worth up to £3,000 per academic year
  • scholarships worth up to £5,000 per academic year

Visit our funding pages for full details and eligibility criteria.

In addition, we also offer students who are under 25 and who meet our definition of ‘care leaver’ a bursary of £1,000 each academic year. This is in addition to any other bursaries and scholarships they receive. This also applies to students who meet our definition of a Foyer student. Eligible students are also entitled to receive £1,000 towards their start-up costs and and a further £1,000 on graduation.

In order to access this funding, the student will need to provide evidence of their care leaver status from either a social worker or Leaving Care Personal Adviser.

Foyer students will need to provide evidence from either the relevant Local Authority or Foyer manager.

Student Money Advice provides information regarding other funds available to care leavers and Foyer students.

Support for care leavers at the University of Bath

We can support care leavers and Foyer students through:

  • year-round accommodation on campus
  • study skills development
  • advice about funding, disability support and health and wellbeing

To find out more about the help and support that is available to care leavers and Foyer students studying here, please contact Ben Goose in Student Services or phone 01225 383838.

Definition of a care leaver for funding purposes

This refers to a person who has been in the care of the Local Authority:

  • for a period of 13 weeks or more ending on or after the date on which he or she reached the age of 16
  • before the first day of the first academic year of the course

This is provided that the student has not, at any time during that period, been under the charge or control of his or her parents.

Definition of a Foyer student for University funding purposes

This refers to a person who has previously lived in a Foyer and is under 25 years of age at the time of applying for university funding.