Fees and Funding for NHS Courses
The Government has announced changes to the way that NHS courses are funded for 2017-18 entry onwards.
Nursing, Operating Department Practice and other health-related programmes were previously fully-funded by the NHS but, from September 2017, some of these programmes will no longer be funded in this way.
Students applying for undergraduate nursing, operating department practice and some other health-related programmes will pay the same fees as other undergraduate degree students. Students will be able to apply for maintenance and tuition fee loans rather than getting the NHS grant.
These changes will only affect new students enrolling from September 2017.
Students applying for nursing programmes for February 2017 entry and current students are unaffected by these changes and will continue to receive the existing NHS bursary.
This information is based on current government policy.
For further details, and the latest information, visit the Council of Deans of Health website.
Our courses which are affected by this change:
- BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) - from September 2017 entry
- BSc (Hons) Nursing (Children's) - from September 2017 entry
- BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) - from September 2017 entry
- DipHE Operating Department Practice - from September 2017 entry
The Government has extended the existing bursaries for tuition fees and maintenance for students starting a postgraduate pre-registration programme in the 2017-18 academic year. This will cover a capped number of pre-registration places.
We understand that bursaries are not currently available in September 2018 for new students. We are currently waiting on confirmation from the Department of Health on the future approach to funding postgraduate education.
Find out more
- Read 'Reforming healthcare education funding: creating a sustainable future workforce' (PDF) by the Department of Health (see pages 10-11).
- Find out more about NHS bursaries on the NHS Business Services Authority website.
- Visit The Funding Clinic website, by the Council of Deans of Health.
Our PGDip Nursing programmes:
Although there will be changes to funding for our undergraduate healthcare programmes, we will continue to focus what we do on the needs and ambitions of our students. Our fees reflect the teaching and support costs of delivering a first class educational experience for everyone.
The fee information for your chosen course can be found on the course page on our website; search for your course online. You can also find out about what support is available to you.
Tuition fee loans
The most common way to fund your undergraduate study is with a student loan. This is a Government loan that covers your tuition fees. You don't need to pay anything up front, and you don't have to pay anything back until you have graduated - and are earning more that £21,000.
There may also be other funding options available to you.
Your student loan helps with the cost of tuition for undergraduate programmes, but you may also be eligible for a maintenance loan to help with the cost of living, whilst you study.
Travel expenses and childcare costs
The Department of Health will commit to providing all new students on affected healthcare programmes £303 payment as a non-repayable grant. This will not affect healthcare students' ability to access funding from the standard higher education support system to pay for their essential travel costing over £303.
The Department of Health is also committed to providing additional support of £1,000 per student with dependents on affected healthcare programmes, per academic year.
Students can apply through the Bursary Online Support System (BOSS) but will need to register for an account before making an application. In the Dependants Allowance section you will be asked questions about your dependent child/children and then asked if you would like to apply for Childcare Allowance.
If you answer 'yes', BOSS will then ask you for details about your childcare provider/s, but you will need to complete a paper Childcare Allowance application form after you have submitted your online BOSS application to give us more details about your childcare costs.