Means tested bursary: If you are undertaking a preregistration programme, you can apply for a means tested bursary. This takes into account your age and your access to income. The basic rate of means tested benefits including student loans is between £3,485 and £5,430.
Students can access student loans, older students’ dependants’ allowances and other benefits, as can any other higher education student.
Seconded/NHS contracted places: This really only applies to those with an existing nursing qualification, who are applying for pre-registration midwifery shortened courses. A small number of student places are contracted by NHS Trusts that fund the students taking these places. These students are paid a salary by the Trusts and are offered employment within the Trust upon successful completion of their course.
Those applying to an approved midwifery programme which will attract NHS financial support, will find that contact with the university is usually Trust initiated. To be eligible for financial support from the NHS, you must meet certain criteria. The NHS Student Bursaries’ website at www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students gives comprehensive advice on the following:
- eligibility requirements
- what financial support is available
- an online bursary calculator
- how the process of applying for financial
- support works
- frequently asked questions
- details of the maternity support award
Click the links below for general information on midwifery, applying for courses and more.
Introduction to midwifery
Midwifery education articles