Here, we identify the potential barriers care-experienced students face in accessing higher education and training, and explore their motivations and expectations as they prepare to take their next steps.
The report makes recommendations for a range of organisations with the aim of easing the transition for care-experienced applicants, who remain underrepresented in higher education.
Key findings include:
- Three in five care-experienced applicants receive no support specific to their circumstances: 60% of surveyed applicants said they did not receive guidance at school around applying to higher education specific to their status as a care-experienced student, and there is a knowledge gap about support options among both applicants and their advisers.
- Students’ decision making is influenced by their individual support needs: three quarters of surveyed applicants took mental health and wellbeing support into account (76%), with financial support (64%) and guaranteed accommodation (63%) also important when researching higher education options.
- Care-experienced applicants have a less linear education pathway: they are 69% more likely to apply aged 21 or above than non-care-experienced applicants, making access to careers advise and statutory support more difficult, and they are over twice as likely to take an Access to HE Diploma.
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Compared to non-care-experienced applicants:
UCAS has released a number of other high-impact reports, shining a light on key issues in education and skills.