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    I'm getting ready to send off my full UCAS application this weekend but I'm still unsure about one thing.

    To put it shortly, I was taken away from my parents due to neglect in 2005 and after spending three weeks with a random family assigned to me I was taken into care by my aunt and uncle. They never adopted me and simply became my 'legal guardians' after a court case with my biological dad. I have had social workers in and out of the house during the first few years after moving but I no longer see them. The government still funds my aunt and uncle with I believe something like £100 a week.

    My question is when it comes to the 'have you been in care/how long have you been in care' question on the UCAS additional information section, would this only include my three weeks with the random family? or would it also include the 12 and a half years of living with my aunt and uncle? The UCAS website doesn't go into much detail about this and the linked websites don't work (I'm seeing a lot of 404 errors)

    If anyone with knowledge on this could let me know I'd be very grateful!
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    Yes, it does include living with you aunt/uncle (you are a formal 'paid for' foster child).
    Some Unis offer contextual offers for those in care - they will probably send you a form to complete if they want to know more details etc.
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    Thank you for the quick reply. I will be sure to tick that box then.
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    (Original post by basicallykaya)
    I'm getting ready to send off my full UCAS application this weekend but I'm still unsure about one thing.

    To put it shortly, I was taken away from my parents due to neglect in 2005 and after spending three weeks with a random family assigned to me I was taken into care by my aunt and uncle. They never adopted me and simply became my 'legal guardians' after a court case with my biological dad. I have had social workers in and out of the house during the first few years after moving but I no longer see them. The government still funds my aunt and uncle with I believe something like £100 a week.

    My question is when it comes to the 'have you been in care/how long have you been in care' question on the UCAS additional information section, would this only include my three weeks with the random family? or would it also include the 12 and a half years of living with my aunt and uncle? The UCAS website doesn't go into much detail about this and the linked websites don't work (I'm seeing a lot of 404 errors)

    If anyone with knowledge on this could let me know I'd be very grateful!
    Do check university websites - some give some decent bursaries for those who have been in care and can provide additional practical support.
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    Do check university websites - some give some decent bursaries for those who have been in care and can provide additional practical support.
    Will do, thanks!
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    (Original post by basicallykaya)
    I'm getting ready to send off my full UCAS application this weekend but I'm still unsure about one thing.

    To put it shortly, I was taken away from my parents due to neglect in 2005 and after spending three weeks with a random family assigned to me I was taken into care by my aunt and uncle. They never adopted me and simply became my 'legal guardians' after a court case with my biological dad. I have had social workers in and out of the house during the first few years after moving but I no longer see them. The government still funds my aunt and uncle with I believe something like £100 a week.

    My question is when it comes to the 'have you been in care/how long have you been in care' question on the UCAS additional information section, would this only include my three weeks with the random family? or would it also include the 12 and a half years of living with my aunt and uncle? The UCAS website doesn't go into much detail about this and the linked websites don't work (I'm seeing a lot of 404 errors)

    If anyone with knowledge on this could let me know I'd be very grateful!
    Hiya:hi:

    First of all, thank you for sharing this information, it's not easy to do sometimes.

    I've popped your thread into this sub-forum so you should hopefully get the replies you're after. Normally UCAS gives an information box when you hover over the little symbol, so it's disappointing to hear that this isn't working properly, or isn't detailed for this question, as it's one of the most complex.

    I think the fabulous PQ might be able to give you the best advice.
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    Will do, thanks!
    Good luck - I'm sure you will do great.

    As a couple of examples:

    http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/student-b...eavers-bursary

    https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/...or-applicants/

    What are you thinking about applying for and where?

    Birmingham looks attractive: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergr...ain-award.aspx

    £6k allowance towards university accomodation or £3k per year.

    As does Bristol: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/accommodati...oundation.html

    looks like free ensuite accomodation for 3 years and normally a contextual offer 2 grades lower than normal.

    I suspect its worth spending a lot of time researching - perhaps your school could provide facilities for you to phone the universities to check?
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    http://www.unitefoundation.co.uk/get-a-scholarship/

    That is worth reading and contacting for more information.
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    (Original post by ajj2000)
    Good luck - I'm sure you will do great.

    As a couple of examples:

    http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/student-b...eavers-bursary

    https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/...or-applicants/

    What are you thinking about applying for and where?

    Birmingham looks attractive: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergr...ain-award.aspx

    £6k allowance towards university accomodation or £3k per year.

    As does Bristol: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/accommodati...oundation.html

    looks like free ensuite accomodation for 3 years and normally a contextual offer 2 grades lower than normal.

    I suspect its worth spending a lot of time researching - perhaps your school could provide facilities for you to phone the universities to check?
    Bristol is actually is one of my options so it's great that there's so much support out there. I am applying for psychology and education BSc with Bristol, Warwick, Surrey, Bath and Leeds being the five universities I'm applying to. I'll definitely finish my research in regards to contextual offers and practical support before sending off my application though. Thank you once again for the help!
 
 
 

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