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Pre-registration Nursing Courses

NHS Grant Information 2020

From September 2020 all new and continuing nursing, midwifery and most allied health professionals students on pre-registration courses will also receive a grant of at least £5,000 per year that is not means-tested and will not have to be repaid.

An additional payment of up to £3,000 per academic year will be available to eligible students. Eligibility will include the following:

• £1,000 towards childcare costs
• £1,000 if studying in a region that is struggling to recruit
• £1,000 if studying a shortage specialism

Among others, the shortage specialisms have been confirmed to include:

• Mental health nursing
• Learning disability nursing

Read the full press release on the Government website or access “The recent grants for health courses explained"

Additional funding is available via NHS Business Services Authority 

The Learning Support Fund offers students additional support while studying for their degree. This includes:

• dependants allowance of £1,000 per student per year
• additional travel and accommodation costs to clinical placements over their normal daily travel costs
• an exceptional hardship fund of up to £3,000 per student per academic year

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages

For more information about the announcement, including eligibility check the NHS careers website. For further updates when they are available, visit the UK government website.

You can also sign up to receive email updates from the NHS about the returning bursary for September 2020. This will provide you with up to date information as and when it becomes available, this includes how and when you will be able to apply. You can sign up to receive these on the NHS website.


Our Pre-registration Nursing courses:

If you have previously commenced a professional course (e.g Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Radiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Paramedic Science) it is important that you make us aware of this.  You will need to provide the name of the Institution at which you studied, provide a reference from them and also supply a record (transcripts) of your progression within the previous course(s) that you studied.  Please contact  

Please note we will not accept applicants onto our professional courses who have been unsuccessful at other institutions of higher education.

If you are a registered nurse looking to further your career, find out about our post registration coursespostgraduate courses or visit our continuing education section for more details.

The Government have announced that there will be additional funding and bursaries for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional courses. This still has to receive Parliamentary approval but the proposals are as follows:

  • £5,000 per year for all students
  • Extra payments worth up to £3,000 per academic year may be available for eligible students. Each year they could receive:
  • £1,000 towards childcare costs
  • £1,000 if studying in a region that is struggling to recruit
  • £1,000 if they’re a new student studying a shortage specialism

The shortage specialisms have been confirmed as:

  • mental health nursing
  • learning disability nursing
  • radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic)
  • prosthetics and orthotics
  • orthoptics and podiatry

 Please go to for more information, as it becomes available.

 The NHS funding is in addition to the standard student finance:

 Tuition fee loan

 A tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of fees is available to eligible UK and EU students.

 Living costs support for full time UK students

A means-tested maintenance loan is available for students living in England from Student Finance England. For more information go to

Students who normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland will receive financial support for university from the Scottish Government (, the Welsh Assembly ( or the Northern Ireland Executive (

Additional grants for students with dependants (Parents’ Learning Allowance, Adult Dependants’ Grant and Childcare Grant) or a disability (Disabled Students’ Allowance) are available for eligible students. For more information go to

Please note: students who already have a degree can still apply to Student Finance England for standard undergraduate funding for these courses (with the exception of Paramedic Science).

Courses included in the new funding proposals:

  • MNurs and BNurs (adult, child, mental health, learning disability)
  • Midwifery
  • Physiotherapy
  • Paramedic Science
  • Podiatry
  • MMHN and MAN
  • Dietetics
  • Dental hygiene or dental therapy (level 5 courses)
  • Occupational therapy
  • Operating department practitioner (level 5 courses)
  • Orthoptics
  • Orthotics and prosthetics
  • Chiropody
  • Radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic)
  • Speech and language therapy

Current Funding

The additional funding currently available is shown below. No information is available at the moment to indicate whether the Learner Support Fund will be completely replaced by the new funding or whether aspects such as the NHS Exceptional Support Fund will continue.  

Additional funding from the NHS: Learning Support Fund

The information below is only for students resident in England who are eligible for funding through Student Finance England.

Eligible students may be able to access the following:

  • a non-repayable grant of £1,000 per year if they have child dependents
  • support for excess travel and dual accommodation expenses incurred by attending practice placements.

Students in financial hardship can apply for the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for additional support. See for more information. Students in severe hardship may be referred by the University to the NHS Exceptional Support Fund.


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