Cumbira Lancashire


Parents and carers play a key role in inspiring and encouraging young people to consider a future in higher education.

Many young people don’t realise that higher education at university or college is an option for them until they hear about it from a teacher, parent or carer. The earlier you start the conversation about what they enjoy doing, what they’re good at and what they might want to do for a living, the better prepared they will be to make the right choices.


For more information on universities, courses and how to apply:

What is higher education?


For more information on apprenticeships and other options:

Alternative Education Routes


For more information on all things finance:

Fees, Funding and Finance


For more information for those who may need additional support e.g. care leavers or students with a disability:

Additional Support


For more information on careers and subject specific information:

Careers and Subjects


Other Networks

If you are visiting our website from another area of the country you can find information about your local NNCO Network here.

You can also find information about the National Networks which are offering advice at the national level and work with the local networks. These are:

The National Network for the Education of Care Leavers – This network focuses on information and resources for care leavers, and all those that support them, about progression to higher education.

The Open University NNCO – The main focus of this network will be to serve adults looking for simplified advice and guidance on all the non-traditional routes to and through higher education and will include informal to formal journeys.

Oxford & Cambridge Collaborative Network – This national collaborative network offers the opportunity to ensure that schools are fully aware of the support available from the two universities.