Department of Social Work and Social Care

Bursaries for the BA in Social Work

The Department of Health (DH) currently provides a limited number of bursaries for social work students who are not funded throughout their training by their employer. A consultation is taking place this year (2016-17) over the future of this scheme, so it may or may not continue in its current form. 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.

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.

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.