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I’m studying social work – what higher education funding can I get in Scotland?

By David Malcolm

Monday 18 March 2013 Higher education

If you’re a resident in Scotland and you’re studying in Scotland for an honours or postgraduate degree in social work, you can get funding to help with tuition fees and living costs from the government. Here’s an overview of the funding that’s available.

Can I get higher education funding in Scotland?

To get the funding outlined below, you and your course must be eligible for it. These details are for students who normally live in Scotland and want to study in Scotland. For more details about eligibility, see Can I get higher education funding in the UK?

What are my options?

If you want to study for a social work qualification, you can either do an undergraduate honours degree, or a postgraduate degree. Both courses include practice learning where you’re assessed while working in placements. For more information, see Training as a social worker.

What funding can I get to study for an undergraduate degree?

If you want to study for your first undergraduate honours degree in social work, you can get the standard package of full-time undergraduate funding that’s available from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). For more information, see What funding is available in Scotland for full-time undergraduates (or equivalent) studying in the UK?

In addition to this, you may be able to get an Individual Learning Account grant from Skills Development Scotland as well, depending on your income – up to £200 in 2013. For more information, see SDS Individual Learning Accounts.

If you’ve already got a degree in another subject, you may not be able to get as much funding.

What funding can I get to study for a postgraduate degree?

If you want to study for a postgraduate degree in social work, you can get the following funding (these figures are for 2012/2013):

  • Tuition fee grant: your tuition fees (up to a maximum of £3,415 a year) are paid by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) directly to your university, and you don’t have to pay them back.
  • Maintenance grant: each year you can get a grant for living costs of up to £3,314 from the SSSC. The money is paid directly into your bank account and you don’t need to pay it back.
  • Extra allowances: you can also get extra allowances, eg for books and travel relating to practice learning.

Your university nominates which students are eligible to get this funding, from a quota. For more information, contact the SSSC at mailto:bursaries@sssc.uk.com, or to discuss the schedule of available rates call 01382 207326/7.

If you started your course before the start of the 2012/2013 academic year and your income is £22,000 a year or less, you can also get the funding package that’s available for part-time students from SAAS. For more information, see What funding is available in Scotland for part-time undergraduates (or equivalent) studying in the UK?

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This information was updated in March 2013. NUS provides this information in good faith and has taken care to make sure it’s accurate. However, student finance issues can be complicated, and rules change frequently. You should contact the advice centre in your students' union, college or university for support if you’re uncertain or need more help.