Leaving School

On this page:

  • Flexible Learning
  • College
  • University
  • Work
  • Other support

“I honestly think that if it hadn’t been for the college orientation day I would have been really freaking out about starting college. I’m actually really excited about it now”.- (Carer post school transition programme – 2021)

Group of young people (2 males and 2 females) sitting together in a communal area. Each person is looking at another laughing and smiling.

Flexible Learning

Dundee Carers Centre offers flexible training sessions to help carers age 16—25 that are not in education or working gain skills, boost their CVs and get into work or education. These are all one day or short-term accredited training in different sectors such as beauty, trade & hospitality but we’ll find the right training for you.

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Dundee and Angus College staff are passionate about making sure all carers get the correct support they need, so that you can enjoy your time at College, succeed in gaining your qualifications and achieving your career goals (as well as having lots of fun!)


We have:

  • Specialist staff in our Student Services Team who can support you with social, emotional, wellbeing or financial needs (such as young carer grant, Young Scot young carer package)
    Please tell us you have a caring responsibility on your course application so that Student Services can contact you to discuss your needs once you have been offered a place on your course
  • Carers support groups that run online and on-campus so you can meet other students who are carers and have opportunities for leisure, relaxation, and additional training opportunities throughout the year
  • A terrific Summer Transition Programme with our Learner Engagement Team, for anyone planning on coming to D&A College in Augus.
    Our summer programme is filled with fun, leisure and cultural activities both on and off campus. Our aim is to get you making friends, meeting staff, building confidence, and having lots of fun! To book a place … or email [email protected] who is the carer support worker at Dundee Carers Centre.  

Group of young carers who attended the transition event with Dundee Angus College.

The group gives you an opportunity to meet other young adult carers in the same position, learn valuable life skills in preparation for leaving home such as budgeting and cooking whilst also gaining optional additional qualifications to boost your CV.

“I really enjoyed meeting up with the other carers as we got to do fun activities which helped boost my mood and confidence. I loved meeting all the other people as I feel as if my friend group has expanded. I also met a girl who’s also in the same course as me which was fantastic. I feel very supported in starting my new college year and feel as if I can start afresh knowing that I am being supported in my journey to obtaining my qualification.” (Young Adult Carer post school transition programme – 2021)

Getting in contact

If you want to contact us before you apply to College to discuss the support you needs we would be delighted to chat with you. Please contact us at [email protected]

If you would like guidance on the different courses and funding available to you please contact us on [email protected]

Sarah and Catriona lead the work in student services on behalf of student carers so if you want to speak to us directly please contact:

Sara Thom – Student Service Manager

email:  [email protected]

Catriona email: [email protected]

To find out more about the support available please go to:



University of Dundee

Student Admissions

Young adult carers who are looking to apply to a course should email the Widening Access Team on [email protected]

The Widening Access team will support you to make your application through the contextual admissions process.  To read more about the University’s Contextual admissions policy click here

Once your application has been approved the team will put you in contact with student support services before the start of the semester.

Information on part-time learning

A Part-Time Degree at Dundee University is a flexible course that allows you to combine degree-level study with work or other commitments.

You can choose from a range of modules in various subject areas from across the humanities and social sciences, depending on your own interests.

Further links

Information on Part-time learning at the University of Dundee
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You might also be interested in the short courses and online modules the university offers adult learners.

Abertay University

Abertay University has a range of opportunities for those wanting to access university education flexibly. AHEAD is a part-time evening course that, upon completion, gives you access to a wide range of Abertay’s undergraduate programmes.

SWAP (The Scottish Wider Access Programme) is a one-year programme run by further education colleges for the purpose of facilitating access to higher education programmes. You can read more information on the SWAP website.

Click the links above or visit their Alternative Entry Routes page.

Young Scot Carers Package

The Young Scot Young Carer Package is available to all young carers who have a Young Scot Card. This package is always being updated but includes digital vouchers for entertainment, food and other opportunities; enhanced discounts on study guides and clothing and training opportunities.

Click here to find out more

Young Carers Grant

Young Carers aged 16, 17 and 18 in Scotland are also able to apply for a Young Carer Grant of £305.10. For more eligibility information and how to apply please follow this link.

Click here to find out more

If you would like more information on the opportunities outlined on this page, or support to access them, speak to your school Young Carer Coordinator or contact the Carer Support team on 01382 200422.