If you are doing a course that is allied to medicine - such as Dental Hygiene and Therapy - the NHS will pay your tuition fees. If you started your course before 1 September 2012, you can apply for a means-tested NHS bursary and a reduced rate student loan. If you started your course after 1 September 2012, you can also apply for a non means-tested grant of £1000. You apply to NHS Student Bursaries for your bursary and grant (if applicable) and Student Finance England for your loan.
For more details on NHS bursaries and how to apply please click here.
For new entrants onto most other Undergraduate Allied Health courses from 1 August 2017 such as Orthoptics, you now have to apply for a Student Loan from Student Finance England to fund your studies.
The first four years of an undergraduate degree in Medicine or Dentistry are funded in exactly the same way as other undergraduate degree courses. In the fifth and any subsequent years of the course tuition fees are paid by the NHS so there is no need to apply for a tuition fee loan. Maintenance is covered by a means-tested NHS bursary and a reduced rate student loan.
Students doing a Social Work course may be eligbible for a bursary for help with tuition fees and living costs. For more information on this pelase click here.
Last Updated: January 2018