The NHS Business Services Authority currently offers a national Social Work bursary to eligible undergraduate students based on the selection criteria outlined below. Please note that this is subject to government review and could change for the forthcoming academic year.

Policy for selection of undergraduate Social Work bursaries

The Department of Health (DoH) announced in 2013 that Social Work bursaries for students entering approved undergraduate Social Work courses from the 2013/14 academic year onwards will only be made available in the last two years of study. The numbers of bursaries available will be capped per institution. The document outlining this announcement and the process of allocation of bursaries is available at the Department of Health website.

The University would advise that you read the guidance contained in those packs carefully if you think that you might be affected by the changes detailed in them.

The University of Huddersfield has applied the inclusion criteria set out on page 5 of the Department of Health’s document “Information for HEIs”, all of which are requirements for being offered a place on the course.  If the number of students exceeds the bursaries available the University will then prioritise based on degree classification and grade and provide the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) with a full list of students ranked on this basis. The NHSBSA will then assess the list provided for eligibility in accordance with their own procedures. Candidates will be required to provide confirmation of their degree classification and overall grade awarded for their undergraduate degree. It will be the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that this is available to the admissions team.

Please note that the bursary process is separate to the University admissions process and offer of a place on the course.  All students may still be eligible for and can still apply for the Practice Learning Travel Element of the bursary. As not all candidates will be put forward for a bursary we would recommend that you consider how you will fund your studies if you are not allocated a bursary.

Those students who applied up to 31 July 2019 will be prioritised for bursaries. Students who apply through clearing will only be allocated bursaries if there are any remaining after students applying up to 31 July 2019 have been allocated them.

Students may wish to visit the University’s Student Services or the Students’ Union Advice Centre if you want to discuss how this may affect you and where alternative support might be found if necessary, for example post graduate student loans. You can email the Student Finance Office ( or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance. It is important to note that if you are awarded a bursary you cannot apply for a Post Graduate student loan.

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