Parents, Carers and Schools

QUEST Team

The QUEST Team

Supporting your QUEST for success

The QUEST Team at Bradford College is here to answer your Questions about your future in Higher Education. We’re here to help you Understand your options so you can Excel in your next steps, wherever they take you. We’ll help you find the Support needed, that Targets your individual needs.

Access. Participate. Succeed.

How can the QUEST Team at Bradford College help you?

The QUEST Team is here to improve access to Higher Education opportunities at Bradford College. No matter what your background or circumstances are, we are determined to ensure everyone is able to access these opportunities.

If you think you are part of one of the following groups of students, there may be support available to help you access Higher Education at Bradford College:

A care leaver is an adult who has spent time living in the care system, away from their family. This could with a foster family, in a children’s home or supported housing service, or under another arrangement as agreed by their social worker. Young people usually leave care when they are 18 years old.

An estranged student is a young person who no longer has the support of their family network due to long-term breakdown in relationships and understandings with their guardians, step or adoptive parents and therefore any contact has ceased to exist.  You may also be classed as an estranged student if your parents are deceased

We intend to work with all minority ethnic groups to improve access, information, raise aspirations and awareness of opportunities that are available at Bradford College which reflect the diversity and richness of the student population.  We will be targeting our activities for a number of under-represented groups.

We will continue to enhance existing and continuing outreach programmes which target young people and adults from areas of deprivation and low participation neighbourhoods.  This will ensure we continue to embed and further develop ourwork with our schools and colleges as well as developing new approaches to reaching the adult population.

You can read more about the target groups of students we aim to support in our Bradford College Access and Participation Plan

Meet the team:

To find out how the QUEST Team can help you access Higher Education at Bradford College, email us at quest@bradfordcollege.ac.uk

Support and Activities

We are dedicated to delivering tailored widening participation and outreach activities for school students. Our virtual progression package modules aim to raise the aspirations and attainment of your pupils.

“The kids had a great day and made some yummy looking pizzas! They enjoyed the module and all achieved their certificates at the end of the day which was great for them!”- Beckfoot Thornton

Contact the team to discuss how our widening participation work can help your students access, succeed in and progress from Higher Education.  

Financial support

The Bradford College undergraduate Bursary is additional financial support, for students from low income households. It is available for both full-time and part-time Undergraduate students, who have a household income of less than £25,000.

Unfortunately, due to limited funding, Bradford College cannot guarantee to support every application for the Undergraduate Bursary, so we strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Applications for the Undergraduate Bursary open at 9am on Monday 25th October 2021.

Applications for the Undergraduate Bursary close at 9pm on Sunday 7th November 2021.

Any applications submitted outside of this time will not be considered.

If your application is successful, you may receive financial support, up to the value of £1,000, dependent on your household income and enrolment status.

To apply for this bursary, please:

– Read the notes of guidance for further information and details of the supporting documents you need to submit.

– Download and complete our Undergraduate Bursary bank form.

– Submit your supporting documents and completed bank form in one email to appbursaries@bradfordcollege.ac.uk 

If you have any questions about the bursary, or need any support in completing your application, please contact quest@bradfordcollege.ac.uk

UG Bursary Notes of Guidance 2021

Undergraduate Bursary – Bank Form

If you are a care leaver or an estranged student, you may be entitled to approximately £5,500 to support your accommodation for each academic year. This may include extended cover over the holidays.

For more information about the financial support you may be entitled to, please contact quest@bradfordcollege.ac.uk

For additional care leaver and estranged student support, please contact our Welfare Support Worker Zahda Yunis: Email z.yunis@bradfordcollege.ac.uk Call 07548710737 / 01274 433068

If you are a care leaver or an estranged student, you may be entitled to £500 to support your studies for each academic year. This will be divided into two £250 payments.

For more information about the financial support you may be entitled to, please contact quest@bradfordcollege.ac.uk

For additional care leaver and estranged student support, please contact our Welfare Support Worker Zahda Yunis: Email z.yunis@bradfordcollege.ac.uk Call 07548710737 / 01274 433068

Organisations and memberships

Bradford College is part of a number of regional and national organisations to help to improve access to Higher Education opportunities. We work with Higher Education providers, Local Authorities and charities to ensure we offer the best support possible.

We are part of the Northern Care Leaver Activities and Student Support (NorthCLASS) and members of the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL). For more information about NNECL visit www.NNECL.org.

Bradford College is proud to be a signatory of the Care Leaver Covenant, and Stand Alone Pledge. We are committed to providing additional support for care experienced and estranged students and helping them to live independently.

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Last updated: 12 October 2021

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