Funding for healthcare, teachers and social work professions

What financial help can I get for healthcare professions, teacher training courses and social work courses?

This guidance cannot cover all individual circumstances. You should get more details.

  • Funding for healthcare professions

    Healthcare professions

    • Healthcare professionals The NHS Wales Bursary Scheme provides financial help if you’re accepted to an NHS funded place on a full or part-time course in Wales that leads to professional registration as a
      • Chiropodist or podiatrist, dietician, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, radiographer, healthcare scientist, paramedic, speech & language therapist
      • dental hygienist or dental therapist
      • nurse or midwife
      • doctor or dentist (eligible for bursary in the latter stages of training)
    • If you’re accepted, the financial help you may get will include
      • a non-means tested grant
      • A means tested bursary
      • Access to additional support in the form of a reduced loan.

    If you live in Wales and apply to study in England you should apply to the NHS England Bursary Scheme for the bursary, and if successful, to your Local Authority in Wales for a reduced loan for living costs.

    • In addition, you could apply for a number of additional allowances if you meet specific rules.  These allowances are means tested.
      • Dependants’ Allowances
      • Parent Learning Allowance
      • Childcare Allowance
    • Clinical/Practice Placement Costs
      You may also be able to receive assistance with clinical /practice placement costs, which are means tested.  You should contact the university for advice on how to claim clinical/practice placement costs.
    • Disability Living Allowance
      Students with a disability and who need extra help or equipment to help complete their course may be able to receive assistance under the Disability Living Allowance  Students should contact their university in the first instance for advice on how to claim Disabled Students’ Allowance.
    • Tuition Fees
      Tuition fees for non-medical courses are paid directly by the NHS. You will not be required to pay tuition fees.
  • Funding for teacher training

    Teacher Training

    Teacher training imageFinancial help for students taking the first degree route

    Financial help for students taking the postgraduate route

    • Postgraduate ITT students can get similar financial help to first degree ITT students. Loans can be taken out to cover tuition fees and living costs and income-assessed maintenance grants may be payable.
    • Take a look at “What financial help can I get as a student at university?”
    • However, those training to teach certain subjects (such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, modern languages and Welsh) and level of your degree attainment may be eligible for additional financial incentives
  • Funding for social care courses

    • The Care Council Wales could offer you one of a set number of bursaries if you are studying a Social Work Degree or Masters Degree in Wales that has been approved by the Care Council.
    • You must not be receiving a financial incentive to train from an employer
    •  If accepted and studying a Social Work degree, the financial help you’d get includes
      • an annual bursary (for up to three years); and
      • a daily Practice Learning Opportunity Allowance
    • If accepted and studying a Masters degree in Social Work the financial help you’d get includes
      • an annual bursary (for up to two years); and
      • a daily Practice Learning Opportunity Allowance

    Should you wish to apply for a Bursary, contact the Social Work Department of the university or college as soon as possible.

    As a university student, you will also be able to apply for

    • Student Loans to help you with tuition fees and living costs. Depending on how much you earn, you will start to repay your student loan in the April after you graduate or leave your course.
      • You can get a Tuition Fee Loan to cover all or the first part of the tuition fees your university will charge you.
      • If the fee being charged is not covered by the Tuition Fee Loan you can also get a Tuition Fee Grant. It will cover any difference between the maximum loan and the fee you are charged.
      • The Maintenance Loan is to help you with your living costs. The amount of available to you depends on where you will be living during term time and whether you will be studying in London.
      • Depending on how much you earn, you will start to repay your student loan in the April after you graduate or leave your course.
    • Welsh Government Learning Grant (WGLG) depends on your income and that of your parents or partner. It does not have to be paid back.
    • In addition, you could apply for a number of additional allowances if you meet specific rules.  These allowances are means tested.
      • Dependants’ Allowances
      • Parent Learning Allowance
      • Childcare Allowance

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