Care Leavers

As a care leaver you may have concerns about studying at college – both on a personal and financial level. Calderdale College will support care leavers interested in applying to study here as well as care leavers who are already studying with us.

Care Leavers
One of our dedicated Student Advisers can meet with you before the academic year to discuss any concerns or worries that you may have and answer any questions. You will also be able to access ongoing support throughout your studies from dedicated Progress Coaches and our Learner Services team.

Student Advisers can work with any other support workers you have outside of college to help you throughout your college experience.

If you would like to know more to know please get in touch with our Advice and Guidance team by emailing or calling 01422 399367.

Financial Support for Care Leavers
Please visit our finance and funding webpage to see if you are eligible for a bursary.

Care Leavers Covenant 
Calderdale College recognises the challenges that young people face when they leave the care system and begin to live independently.  We support the key principles of the Care Leaver’s covenant that all parts of society have a responsibility to help care leavers so that they can make a successful transition to adulthood.

The Learner Services department has good links with external agencies such as Housing and they can provide advice and guidance if needed.

Calderdale College University Centre 
The University Centre at Calderdale College is committed to supporting those from a care background who wish to enter Higher Education.  Please get in touch with our contact for care leavers, Kirsty Sanderson (, for more information about the application process.

We are also a partner of Go higher West Yorkshire.  Please use the link below for more information: