Social work bursary funding

To receive a bursary from us, you must meet three basic conditions. If you meet these and have an offer from a Welsh university, then they can nominate you for our bursary.

What are the conditions?

  • you live in Wales (see Appendix 2 of the Social Work Bursary Scheme for further guidance)
  • you won’t be getting any financial support to train from an employer
  • you’ll be studying a social work degree or Masters degree in Wales approved by us.

What bursaries are available?

The non-income assessed bursary, if you’re studying for the degree is:

  • £7,500 (£2,500 a year for three years) or
  • £5,000 (£2,500 a year for two years) for full-time Open University students.

The non-income assessed bursary if you’re studying a Masters is:

  • £13,280 (£6640 a year for two years).

We recommend you pay £3,390 each year towards your tuition fees.

How to apply for a bursary

There are 224 social work bursaries available. Each social work programme gets allocated a set number. This is to make sure it’s fair.

Social work programmes nominate a selection of students. They send the list with contact details to our student funding and grants team. Then, we invite students to fill in the application on their SCWonline account.

Applications open from August 2018. 

We assess all the applications, and communicate directly with you. We’ll send you an email within 20 working days of you submitting a completed application. It will tell you've been successful and will contain information about payment schedules.

Please note:

  • You must register with us as a student social worker before you get a bursary
  • a nomination doesn’t guarantee bursary funding
  • we must assess each application.

For more information see

Renewing your bursary at the end of your first year

Our student funding and grants team will email renewing students in August 2018.

We will invite you to log into SCWonline account, so you can complete and submit the 'bursary renewal form'.

The closing date for renewing is 1 September 2018.

Last updated: 18 July 2018