Higher Education support for Service children

Thursday 27th May 2021

Is your child ready to think about higher education? Would you like better awareness of initiatives out that can help you navigate the options? Here we share Higher Education support for Service children thinking about progressing to Higher Education.

Further and Higher Progression of Service children

The University of Winchester, which hosts the SCIP Alliance, undertook some research in 2016 and their findings suggested that Service children may be less likely to progress to Higher Education than their peers. This has resulted in a growth in interest and focus on Service children, with Universities encouraged to consider Service children as a target group for increasing participation.

Higher education initiatives for Service children

Here are some links to help you explore how your child could benefit from this focus from policy makers, government and practitioners:

UCAS offer focused support for Armed Forces (not just children but also Serving personnel and spouses) on their website. This includes extra advice on personal statements and further signposting.

All Universities have to produce widening access and participation plans and some now include Service children as part of these. As a result some Universities are putting in place new initiatives that can offer new opportunities – for example the University of Cambridge launched a Foundation Year in January 2021 which includes eligibility for those with ‘disrupted education’. Well worth looking at if students have experienced moves whilst in secondary education, or, under ‘family circumstances’ have been young carers.

SCIP Alliance has a number of resources focused on Service children and Higher Education – explore it to see what young people have said and access more help and advice. Many resources are available for practitioners too if you work in education.

UniConnect partnerships around the country are part of the SCIP Alliance and round activities and events that can include Service children of all ages. Have a look at the Office for Students site or at the information on the SCIP Alliance Hubs to discover some of those activities, designed to de-mystify higher education for primary and secondary age children and young people. Some, such as LincHigher in Lincolnshire, publish guides to Higher Education specifically for Service children.

Additional information is available on our Further and Higher Education page.

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