Social Work Students

Social Work Students


The Department of Health sets an annual cap on the number of Social Work Bursaries to be offered each year to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and universities will decide which students to put forward for the following bursaries.

Nominated eligible social work students will receive the bursaries listed below, administered by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) on behalf of the Department of Health.

For details of eligibility, the amounts of bursary and how to apply:

visit: or telephone: 0300 330 1342 



Full-Time Undergraduates

Eligible full-time undergraduate social work students studying year two and three may receive, if nominated, a non-means tested bursary of up to £4,862.50 which includes an element for fees (students are responsible for paying their own fees).

They can also apply for the statutory student loans and grants available to undergraduate students through Student Finance England. Please note, students taking year one of the course can only apply for Student Finance England funding.

Part-Time Undergraduates

Eligible part-time students taking year two and three of the course can apply, if nominated, for a non-means tested bursary from the NHS at a pro rata rate of that available to full-time students.

They can also apply to Student Finance England for a loan to pay tuition fees.



Full-Time Postgraduates

If nominated, postgraduate students will have their tuition fees up to £4,052 paid by the NHSBSA. The bursary for eligible postgraduate students will consist of a non-income assessed grant of £3362.50 and an additional income assessed grant of up to £2,721 for general living costs plus extra help for students with dependants. Eligible postgraduate social work students not nominated for a bursary may apply to Student Finance England for a Postgraduate Loan (click on link to left to find more information on the Postgraduate Loan).

If nominated for a bursary, mileage allowance is included, but if not nominated for a bursary eligible students will receive a mileage allowance of £862.50 pa.

Part-Time Postgraduates

If nominated, eligible students will have their tuition fees up to £2,026 paid by NHSBSA and can apply for a non-means tested bursary at a pro rata rate.

Part-time postgraduate students cannot apply for the additional means tested allowances that are available to full-time postgraduates.


Please note that the deadline for applying for funding through the NHS is the 1st of November.