Social Work Bursaries

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Social Work Bursaries is a service supplied by The NHS Business Services Authority.  We administer bursaries for social work students on behalf of the Department of Health. Our most recent end of year report is available to view here.

The application period for the 2014/15 academic year is now closed.

Notification forms for changes to bank details, retainer declarations and additional forms for students on postgraduate courses are still available here.

There have been changes to the social work bursary (which although administered by the NHS Business Services Authority is NOT part of the NHS bursary). Following a consultation last year, changes are being introduced from the 2013 academic year. You can view the consultation response here:
In summary the new arrangements are:
  • retaining the postgraduate bursary as is
  • retaining the undergraduate bursary in years 2 and 3
  • restricting the number of bursary recipients at both postgraduate and undergraduate level.

This means that no new undergraduates in 2013 will receive a bursary until their second year (if they are within the cap). For the 2013 academic year there will be 1500 new postgraduate bursaries available. For the 2014 academic year the cap has been set indicatively at 2500 undergraduate and 1500 postgraduate bursaries. 

The DH have been working with the advisory group on the capping methodology and information packs for students and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) for the 2014 academic year can be found here:

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