Care Experienced Learners - Aimhigher West Midlands

Opportunities for care experienced learners

H.E. 4 Me

Aimhigher has created an exciting new programme of events for learners currently or previously in care to give them the chance to learn more about higher education. H.E. 4 Me is a free programme which aims to inspire and inform learners of the opportunities available at higher education, while highlighting the support available for those with care experience.

This programme will run each academic year, with the intention for young people to attend each event as they progress through school. As the programme includes events for Year 7 – 13, we aim to support them through each stage of their secondary education and throughout their time in care.

To be the first to hear about H.E. 4 Me events, please email us (aimhigher@contacts.bham.ac.uk) to sign up to our newsletter.

We have also collated the institutional offers for care leavers from each from of our partner universities and colleges. This details the support care experienced learners can access when applying to higher education. Find out more here.

Upcoming events:

Monday 18 March
Year 12 & 13 – University of Worcester

We invite care experienced learners in Year 12 and 13 to the University of Worcester on Monday 18 March for a campus experience day. Learners will gain insight into university and learn about the specific support available, explaining how higher education can be an option for their future. We will share information on applying to university, student finance, accommodation and student life. Young people will have a tour of the campus and student accommodation, as well as take part in outdoor activities at the Lakeside campus!

The event will take place 09:30 – 15:00. All young people must be accompanied by at least one carer or school staff member per school.

There is no cost to this event and lunch will be provided for all attendees. Please let us know if you would require financial support for travel costs in order to attend this event.

If you would like to book places for care experienced young people at your school, please book a space(s) using the booking form.

Tuesday 16 April
Year 9 & 10 – University College Birmingham

We invite care experienced (CE) young people in Year 9 and 10 to University College Birmingham on Tuesday 16 April. As part of this exciting and tailored campus experience day, learners will gain invaluable insight into university, discovering the specific support available for CE learners. Learners will take part in a Student Life talk, receive information and guidance on their next steps in education and see a virtual tour of accommodation. In addition, young people will take part in a fascinating psychology workshop, exploring whether lie detectors actually work. We will learn the important skill of budgeting as a university student and we’ll share information on universities’ offers specifically for CE learners.

The event will take place 10:00 – 14:00, with arrival from 09:30. All young people must be accompanied by at least one carer or school staff member per school.

There is no cost to this event and lunch will be provided for all attendees. Please let us know if you would require financial support for travel costs in order to attend this event.

If you would like to book places for care experienced young people at your school, please book a space(s) using the booking form.