How to Identify Yourself as Care Experienced on your UCAS Application

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How to Identify Yourself as Care Experienced on your UCAS Application


If you are care experienced, please make sure you answer yes to the question Have you been in care? on your UCAS application. This can be found in the Diversity & inclusion section.

(If you are a LEAPS-eligible student, please remember that you should also have had your LEAPS eligibility confirmed during your LEAPS Pre-UCAS Interview. These interviews usually take place between August and November in LEAPS schools. If you are unsure if you have been confirmed as LEAPS eligible, please email us at


This is so that the universities you are applying to know from the point of your application that you are care experienced. They can then consider the type of offers that they make to you in the context of your care experienced background (this might be at the minimum entry requirements rather than the typical), and there may be other support available specifically for care experienced students that they can make you aware of such as accommodation and financial help.

This will vary by institution, and it’s up to you if you take up any offers or support available, but it’s good to be informed about it – then you can make your choice as to whether or not it’s the right thing for you. Find out more about identifying as care experienced on your UCAS application here.


Watch our how-to video to follow the steps outlined below on screen.




  1. Log in to your UCAS HUB and click Continue application
  2. Scroll down to the Profile section
  3. Click on the Diversity & inclusion box
    (Note! For the Diversity & inclusion box to appear, you may first need to complete the Personal details and Contact and residency details sections.)
  4. Scroll down until you see the title Care support information (below Equality monitoring)
  5. Look for the question Have you been in care? Scroll down and select the Yes option
  6. In the dropdown box titled Duration in care select the option that best applies to you
  7. Check if any other questions in this section apply to you, and answer them if they do
  8. Hit the Save button at the bottom of the section


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