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Social Work Bursary

If you are planning to study the BA (Hons) Social Work at BU, you may be eligible for a bursary during your second and third years of study.

These bursaries don’t need to be paid back, and are awarded in recognition of the fact that you are expected to undertake 100 days of hands-on placements in these years, limiting your ability to get a part-time job.

For students starting in 2017, the bursary amount is worth £4,862.50 per year. Information for those starting in September 2018 will be available in Summer 2018.

Who can apply?

If you have enrolled on the BA (Hons) Social Work course at BU, you are eligible to apply for this bursary during your second and third years of study. You also need to meet the residency criteria and other eligibility criteria as laid out by the NHS Social Work Bursary Office.

How many are awarded each year?

The Department of Health has a limited number of Social Work bursaries to hand out across the UK, with the cap for the 2015 academic year set at 2,500 for undergraduate students.

Applications for Social Work bursaries are shortlisted and prioritised by BU (or other higher education establishment) but it is the Social Work Bursary Office that makes the final decision on who receives the financial support. This means you are not guaranteed a bursary.

How are bursaries paid?

Social Work bursaries are typically paid in three instalments staggered throughout the year and are paid directly into your bank account. The precise dates of your payments will depend on when your course begins.

How and when should you apply?

You need to apply directly with the Social Work Bursary Office for your bursary. You will not be invited to apply for a bursary, so you should submit your application as soon as you have been made an offer to study at BU, as it can take some time for applications to be processed.

Can you get any further assistance if your application is unsuccessful?

If you are turned down for a Social Work Bursary, you may still be able to claim Placement Travel Allowance (PTA) to help with the cost of travelling from your home to the locations of your work placement. This has been set at £862.50 for 2017/18. 

You should still apply through the bursary scheme if you would like to be considered for PTA and will need to meet the same eligibility criteria as those set out for the full bursary.