NHS and Social Work Bursary
How do I apply for an NHS bursary?
The NHS Wales Student Award Unit implements the NHS Wales Bursary Schemes, which provides funding for healthcare students on NHS funded courses in Wales and Welsh domiciled medical and dental students within the UK. Further information on NHS bursaries is available on the National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare web-site: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/829/page/36092.
A student ordinarily resident in Wales who is studying in England would apply to England for an NHS bursary and, if successful, to the Local Authority in Wales for a reduced loan for living costs. To obtain more information the student may telephone 0845 358 6655 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How does a repeat year affect payment of the NHS bursary?
Repeat study is only funded where there are exceptional circumstances.
I am studying an NHS funded course: Why am I only entitled to a reduced loan for living costs?
The rules for students on NHS funded courses are that:
- Those who are on courses in respect of which full support for fees plus a non-means tested bursary is available via the NHS Bursary Scheme are not eligible for any support under the Student Support Regulations;
- Those who are on courses in respect of which fee support plus a means tested bursary is available via the NHS Bursary Scheme, are not eligible for fee support or for supplementary grants under the Student Support Regulations but are eligible for the non means-tested, reduced, living cost loan.
Why are there exemptions in the Regulations for teacher training students but not social work students?
Eligible students who undertake social work qualifications can apply for a social care bursary. The Social Work Bursary Scheme is an incentive set up to attract more students to enter social work training. The scheme is managed and administered by the Care Council for Wales on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government. The scheme is designed to allocate grants to Welsh domiciled students studying in Wales but not elsewhere in the UK.
The Regulations deem a social work qualification as one of the exceptions which attract further support for students (loan for living costs) who already possess an honours degree. The only other exemptions are for initial teacher training and certain healthcare courses which attract income assessed bursaries.