Care Leavers

The University of Exeter follows the definition of Care Leaver used in the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000; we define a care leaver as a young people (up to the age of 25) who have been looked after by the local authority for more than 13 weeks since they were 14, including some time at age 16 or 17. 

We are defining a student with care experience as anyone who has been or is currently in care or from a looked after background at any stage of their life, no matter how short.  This care may have been provided in one of many different settings, such as in residential care, foster care, kinship care or looked after at home with a supervision requirement.

Applicants defined as care experienced would get the following support:

  • Enhanced pastoral support 
  • Designated member of staff 
  • Peer mentoring 
  • Support group meetings 
  • Student employability support packages

Care Leavers are usually classified as independent students and would qualify for the maximum levels of government and institutional financial support. 

If you indicate on your UCAS form that you’re a Care Leaver, you’ll be contacted for further information to help us establish if you meet the criteria for Care Leavers as defined in the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000. We’ll also make sure that you are aware of the financial and pastoral support that we offer to care leavers.

If you don’t meet the eligibility criteria to be considered a Care Leaver as defined in the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 you may not be eligible for the full financial support package but you will still be offered pastoral support if you have particular needs or concerns.

Support for Care Leavers and Care Experienced students

Access to Exeter Bursary and National Scholarship Programme?

The University of Exeter provides additional funding to certain part-time and full-time Home and European Union students. These schemes are structured in varying ways depending on your year of entry. If you wish to be considered for the Access to Exeter Bursary and/or the National Scholarship Programme (NSP), you must give your consent for your UK Student Finance Provider to pass on details of your assessment to the University. You’ll be asked to give this consent when you complete your ‘Application for Student Finance’.

Care Leavers bursary

The Care Leavers bursary is intended to help with the cost of accommodation during the summer vacation period after your first and subsequent years of student (but not final year). 

We will also support Care Experienced students with pastoral support and will deal with any finacial requests on a case by case basis.

We understand you may need additional information to help you to make your accommodation choices and we’re happy to discuss individual requirements.

For care leavers in the local area who are holding an offer from the University of Exeter, a support meeting will be arranged to discuss your accommodation options. Once your accommodation needs have been established, the University’s named contact for care leavers will liaise with the Accommodation Office to try and secure appropriate accommodation, including 365-day accommodation should this be required.

To be eligible, you’ll need to meet the following criteria:

  • You are a Care Leaver, as defined in the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000
  • You must have started your studies in September 2012 or later
  • You must be under 25 when you start your course
  • You must be in receipt of financial support from the university through the Exeter National Scholarship or Access to Exeter Bursary schemes

To apply for this bursary, please contact

Career and employability

The University of Exeter offers career and employability advice and guidance throughout your time studying with us, and with continued support three years after you graduate.

The Career Zone can offer a wide variety of programmes, including fully funded internships and mentoring schemes to support your entrance into the workplace.

These programmes offer you the flexibility to create your own internship, financially supported by the career zone. For further information please email: or visit


It’s important to register with one of the student health centres, or GP surgery near your accommodation. Our health centres have doctors and nurse practitioners and can help with medical problems as well as those related to university life. You can register with the student health centre online before you get here, or in person when you arrive.

Streatham and St Luke’s campus online registration

If you require additional information, please contact

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