Care leavers: What support we offer, Bradford College
At Bradford College we recognise that everyone should have the opportunity to access Higher Education and level up their career prospects. Bradford is a diverse area and the College is passionate about helping people from different backgrounds overcome any barriers they may face.
To support our students, we developed The QUEST Team; a student-friendly service, supporting people from the community in accessing Higher Education opportunities within the College, regardless of the barriers they may face.
The QUEST Team supports groups of students outlined in the Bradford College Access and Participation Plan (APP) , including care experienced and estranged students.
Dedicated Care Leaver Contact
We support Care Leavers through their education journey, offering one-to-one bespoke visits to explore our facilities, speak to the tutors and find out more about the support available.
We also offer to support Care Leaver students in making an application. If students choose to declare as a Care Leaver at this stage, Naweed Hussain will be in touch on behalf of the QUEST Team as the dedicated Care Leaver contact. Students will receive information about the support on offer, from application to enrolment.
Care experienced students may be entitled to additional financial support throughout their studies, including an Accommodation Grant and a Care Leavers Grant. Both grants are available for Care Leaver and Estranged Students.
The Bradford College Accommodation Grant is up to £5,500 to support accommodation for each academic year, which may also include extended cover over the holidays. Our Care Leavers grant is an additional £500, to support studies for each academic year.
On track to completing the final year of her degree, one student from an estranged background, who utilised the support of the QUEST Team has shared her experience. You can read about her experience here.