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Social work students: coronavirus (COVID-19)

This information is for students receiving a Social Work Bursary. It sets out measures put in place due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that during the coronavirus response period all NHS Bursary payments will continue to be paid as normal and eligible students should continue to apply for payments. 

Payments during school closures

DHSC has confirmed that your Social Work Bursary payments will continue to be paid as normal during the period of school and university closures. If you're an eligible student you should continue to apply for payments as normal.

Identifying as a key worker

DHSC has confirmed that if you’re undertaking a clinical healthcare and social work course then you’re able to self-identity as a key worker as you’re contributing to the national coronavirus response.

During the coronavirus crisis, your Social Work Bursary will continue to be paid until the end of your current academic year, regardless of whether you’ve opted in or out of working in the NHS. This will continue to be assessed and updated.

Extending your study period

DHSC has confirmed that if you're a final year, eligible social work student and need an extension to your Social Work Bursary to complete your course, you'll get funding support for the time of your extension.

At the end of the coronavirus period, if you’re required to extend your period of study or clinical placements in order to qualify, your university will need to submit a SWB04 extension form at the start of the extension period.

Bursary payments will be calculated on the period of extension and information we hold on student applications submitted for the 2019/2020 academic year.

Applying for your Social Work Bursary

If you’re a new or continuing social work student, you should apply for your bursary for the 2020/21 academic year at the earliest opportunity. We encourage you to send your application to us by 31 July to guarantee payment for September. However, if you start your course in September or October 2020, you have until 1 November to send your application to us.