Department of Social Work and Social Care

Bursaries for the Social Work BA

The Department of Health (DH) currently provides a limited number of bursaries for social work students whose training is not funded by their employer. These cover the second and third years of the course only, and are subject to eligibility, which is determined by the NHS Social Work Bursary Team.

The DH may review current bursary arrangements at any time. We will update the information on this page as changes are announced. 

Under the current scheme, bursaries cover the second and third years of the course only, and are subject to eligibility, which is determined by the NHS Social Work Bursary Team. The number of bursaries provided to each course is limited and not all eligible students may receive a bursary. The responsibility for shortlisting selected students from among those eligible has been given to universities, and each university has developed its own shortlisting criteria. At Sussex, we prioritise commitment to the course and preparedness for practice, and may also consider academic performance in reaching our decision.

NOTE: It is only possible to accept one bursary to support your studies, i.e. receiving the NHS social work bursary precludes you from receiving any additional bursaries. Students may hold a different bursary during Year 1 as the NHS social work bursary is not awarded in this year, but will not be able to continue to receive it if they then accept the NHS bursary in Years 2 and 3.

What eligibility criteria does the NHS Bursary Team apply?

This information can be found on the Social Work Bursaries page of the NHS website, along with general information about the bursary.

When will a decision be made on who will be nominated for a bursary?

We decide on the shortlist towards the end of students' first year on the course.

How many bursaries will be offered?

In the current climate and in view of the consultation, it is not possible to predict what the number of bursaries available in the future will be.