Eligible courses

NHS Learning Support Fund

Degree-level nursing, midwifery and many allied health students on courses from September 2020 will be eligible for a payment of at least £5,000 a year to help with living costs which they will not need to pay back.

Nursing, midwifery and many allied health students will be eligible for additional support of at least £5,000 to help with living costs from September 2020. The funding will be given to new and continuing degree-level students.

The funding comes as part of the government’s pledge to increase nurse numbers by 50,000 over the next 5 years.

Students will receive at least £5,000 a year, with up to £3,000 further funding available for eligible students:

  • £1,000 for specialist disciplines that struggle to recruit
  • £1,000 for childcare costs
  • £1,000 in areas of the country which have seen a decrease in people accepted on some nursing, midwifery and allied health courses over the past year

The funding will not have to be repaid by recipients. Students will also be able to continue to access funding for tuition and maintenance loans from the Student Loans Company.

Am I eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund?

Students must ensure they meet all the eligibility criteria, including residency, as set out in the NHS Learning Support Fund guidance. Read FAQ’s about the NHS Learning Support Fund. You can also find information on funding support for nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals on the NHS Student Services hub.

Please also check you are studying an eligible course.

Eligible courses

Undergraduate

Course title UCAS entry tariff UCAS code
BSc(Hons) Midwifery 112 B720
BSc(Hons) Nursing (Adult) 104 B700
BSc(Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)* 104 B701
BSc(Hons) Nursing (Child) 104 B702
BSc(Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities)* 104 B716
BSc(Hons) Paramedic Science 112 B780
BSc(Hons) Dietetics 120 B410
BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy 128 B160
BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging* 120 B821
BSc(Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology 112 B822

Postgraduate

Course title Entry requirements
MSc(Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) A first degree at Honours level, normally, in a related discipline. GCSE mathematics and English at grade C or above (or equivalent).
MSc(Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities) A first degree at Honours level, normally, in a related discipline. GCSE mathematics and English at grade C or above (or equivalent).
MSc(Hons) Nursing (Adult) An upper second class honours degree in any subject. Consideration will be given to applicants with a lower second class if their degree is related to nursing and they have previous care work experience. GCSE mathematics and English at grade C or above (or equivalent).
MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) An upper second class honours degree in a science* or a healthcare related subject. Must have studied successfully at level 6 for five years. At least five GCSEs taken at one sitting, including English language, mathematics and science* at grade C or above (or equivalent).
An upper second class honours degree in a science or a healthcare related subject. GCSE mathematics, English language and science at grade C or above (or equivalent).

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