Choosing to start or go back to studying at university is a big decision and one that will naturally have an impact on your everyday life, but most importantly your future.
Although the end goal is in sight, getting there isn’t always easy which is why we wanted to share what support is on offer should you have any financial worries and childcare needs while studying with us.
Choosing to study a healthcare degree is highly valued and recognised, which is why if you have already studied at university before but would like to study for a second degree in nursing, midwifery or an allied health professional (AHP) subject, you’ll still be able to access a student loan for this.
Social Work does not count as an AHP subject but unlike other health courses, some bursaries are still available for this subject. These are available for both undergraduate and postgraduate social work courses. There are a limited number and you would need to meet eligibility criteria but if you’re considering social work then it’s definitely worth checking into as you don’t need to pay these bursaries back.
Even though bursaries are no longer available for other health courses, the NHS Business Services Authority has set up a Learning Support Fund (LSF) to help with some of the expenses that can be incurred as part of training to be a healthcare professional*, particularly costs incurred due to those all-important placements, such as travel expenses or dual accommodation costs if you have to live away from your usual address/university while on placement. The courses that we offer that the LSF covers are:
- MSc Dietetics
- BSc Midwifery
- BSc Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health, Learning Disability)
- BSc Operating Department Practice
- MSc Physiotherapy
- BSc Diagnostic Radiography
- BSc Radiotherapy (known by the NHS as therapeutic radiography)
- BSc Speech and Language Therapy
- MSc Speech and Language Therapy
If you have children, support for childcare costs is also available from the LSF through a Child Dependents Allowance. You can apply for up to £1000 per year if you’re on a full-time course and some assistance is still available if you’re studying part-time over a maximum of 6 years.
Finally, the NHS has an Exceptional Support Fund (ESF) which you can apply to if you experience severe and genuine financial difficulty during your course and there are no other sources of funding available to you. Your application can result in a grant of up to £3000 a year should your financial situation become extremely difficult.
We also offer advice, guidance and support through our Students Affairs service, ASK. Our advisers, like Jackie Brophy, are based at City South Campus where you would study and can support you in accessing applicable financial support and childcare such as Adult Dependants Grant or Parents’ Learning Allowance.
*All financial assistance from the LSF is subject to meeting eligibility criteria.
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If you have any questions or any other worries or concerns about studying with us, then our Student Affairs team would be happy to help.