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If you are training to work in social work, medicine or certain areas of healthcare, you may be able to get a bursary through the NHS.
You can apply for extra or different financial help if you are studying for a career in social work, medicine, dentistry, or certain areas of healthcare.
In some cases this help is paid on top of, and in other cases instead of the standard student finance package described elsewhere in the student finance section. For more information on the standard package see 'Full-time students - getting started or 'Finance after your first year'.
If you are studying for a career in social work, you may be entitled to a non-repayable bursary through the NHS Business Service Authority’s Prescription Pricing Division. These bursaries are available to eligible students who don't get funding from their employer, and are studying an approved degree or diploma course in social work.
Your institution will tell you if your course qualifies.
Although graduate students are not normally entitled to support from the standard student finance package, graduates on the social work undergraduate course will be entitled to apply for the full Student Loan for Maintenance (25 per cent of this is based on your income).
The additional support available through bursaries covers both graduate and undergraduate students.
You can apply for a bursary whether or not you can access the standard student finance package.
  • have started your course since September 1998
  • normally live in England or Wales
  • study anywhere in the UK
The first four years of your course will be funded in the same way as other eligible full-time higher education courses (see 'Full-time students - getting started'). However, in your fifth and further years of study, you'll be entitled to different financial help.
The main entitlement consists of:
  • an NHS bursary based on your income
  • the full amount of your tuition fees paid by the NHS
  • a reduced rate (approximately 50 per cent) Student Loan for Maintenance not based on your income (from Student Finance Direct)
Extra help is also available to students on the four-year graduate-entry medical programmes.
The first year of your course will be funded in the same way as students on other graduate-entry courses, although there is usually no help for tuition fees based on your income.
In the first year, you'll be entitled to apply for the full Student Loan for Maintenance (25 per cent of this is based on your income).
In years two to four, you'll be entitled to different financial help. The main entitlement consists of:
  • an NHS bursary based on your income
  • the full amount of your tuition fees paid by the NHS
  • a reduced rate (approximately 50 per cent) Student Loan for Maintenance not based on your income (from Student Finance Direct)
The NHS bursary in England also provides financial help in the form of bursaries and other allowances for a limited number of places on courses in certain healthcare professions.
The main entitlement consists of:
  • a degree course bursary based on your income or a diploma bursary which is not income assessed
  • the full amount of your tuition fees paid by the NHS
  • a reduced rate (approximately 50 per cent) Student Loan for Maintenance not based on your income (from Student Finance Direct) if you are studying for a degree
Social Work courses
To receive the social work bursary, you also have to satisfy the eligibility criteria set out in the bursary application form and guidance notes. You can download the form and notes by following the link below.
You should make sure that the form and guidance notes are relevant to the start date of your course.
Healthcare courses
Applications for NHS bursaries and other financial help for medical, dental and selected healthcare professions for students studying in England are dealt with by NHS Bursaries.
You can find a full list of courses that are covered and the financial help available in the booklet, 'Financial Help for Health Care Students'.
You can get a copy of the booklet online from the NHS Student Bursaries website.
You may also be able to apply for financial help through the Access to Learning Fund if you are in financial hardship. See 'Access to Learning Fund: extra help if you need it' for more details.
  

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