Information for Care Leavers and Care Experienced Young People >

The Glasgow School of Art wants to ensure that every young person, regardless of their background or social circumstances, who has the ability and aspiration to become an artist, designer or architect or pursue a career in the creative sector, gets an equal chance to do so.

The information below may be helpful if you are a young person who has been, or is still being cared for by a local authority in residential care, secure care, foster care or by friends or relatives, or at home and GSA’s Corporate Parenting Plan can be viewed here.

Pre Entry and Application Support

Our Widening Participation team offer a range of activities to help in preparing for and making an application to art, design and architecture courses in higher education. They include:

  • Access to information before you apply for a Higher Education programme
  • Widening Participation Programme of practical activities throughout the year 
  • Support with UCAS application and interview preparation
  • Transitions events

Information about GSA’s Widening Participation programme can be found here.

We can help you with your UCAS application when applying for your place at the GSA. We can also arrange campus tours for you and for your carer (if appropriate), to give you a better idea of what the GSA has to offer. For additional information about this please email

GSA uses contextual information as part of its admissions process. We therefore take account of the educational and social circumstances of an applicant which may have had an impact on their application and / or performance at interview. This includes care experience.  It means that the threshold grade for gaining an interview and an offer of a place at GSA may be adjusted to reflect this experience.

For additional information about GSA's Widening Participation programme, email

Funding and Advice

We offer funding advice to make sure that you receive all appropriate funding available and we can also offer help with managing your finances. More information can be found in the Funding & Finance section or by contacting the Student Welfare Service. 

Scottish students who are care experienced (have spent time in a looked after setting) are eligible to apply for a Care Experienced Student Bursary and a Care Experienced Student Accommodation Grant from the Students Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).  More information can be found on the SAAS website.

Similar schemes exist for students from elsewhere in the UK; our Student Welfare Advisers can assist you in applying for these funds. 


We can arrange year round accommodation for students in halls of residence, if this is what you would prefer.             

For students who prefer to live in a private flat, our Student Welfare Advisers can assist with information on how to go about finding suitable accommodation within the city. 

Support at GSA

All new students are offered support through a range of Student Support Services that are available such as counselling, advice on services for students with a disability and help with employment opportunities and careers. There is also help and advice available to students about the process of learning and learning in a studio environment. There is also a comprehensive and detailed series of online learning resources available via GSA’s Learning Support Website  and GSA’s virtual learning environment CANVAS which students will have access to when they enrol.


At the GSA, to help you navigate your way through the various services, we offer a single point of contact to support you from before you arrive, until after you graduate:

Margaret Robertson, Student Support Manager
Tel. 0141 353 4509 

Young people with experience of care can also access information and support from Who Cares? Scotland, the Become Charity, Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland, and the Life Changes Trust