NHS Social Work Bursary

  • For social work students ordinarily resident in England, there are bursaries available through the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA). Information, including eligibility criteria can be found on the NHSBSA website, in their regular Bursary Newsletters, and in their 'Ask Us' section.
  • For Postgraduate applicants, we allocate on a first come first served basis, meaning that candidates who accept Lancaster University as their firm choice on UCAS are prioritised and ranked accordingly (in the order of the date the University offer was accepted).

The social work bursary scheme is currently being reviewed and you should regularly check the NHSBSA website to keep up to date with any changes that will be in place for your entry year.

Travel costs may be incurred in getting to Social Work placements. The amount will vary depending on the location of the placement but students may be able to claim a placement travel allowance from the NHS or a contribution from the agency offering the placement towards the cost of travel.

All Social Work students will need to pay for an enhanced Criminal Record Bureau check.

Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews