NHS Wales Bursary Scheme

​NWSSP Student Awards Services implements the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme, which provides funding for a range of health education courses in Wales. 

The funding available through this scheme includes the cost of tuition fees, a bursary for living costs including a £1000 non means tested grant plus a means tested bursary and support for additional costs such as travel and accommodation.

Information on the NHS Bursary funding scheme

It has been confirmed by the Welsh Government that NHS Bursaries for eligible allied health professionals will continue to be available in Wales.

It has been confirmed that Welsh domiciled students not wanting to commit to work in Wales on graduation will have access to the standard support package available from Student Finance Wales. Non-Welsh domiciled students who do not wish to commit to work in Wales on graduation will still be able to study in Wales, but will need to secure funding from an alternative source, which may include the relevant funding body or self finance. Students will need to make this decision to commit in advance of commencing their studies and information packs are currently being developed. Details of the process through which students have to confirm their commitment to work in Wales are still being finalised and will be available in due course. 

What courses are eligible for NHS funding?

Apply NOW for your NHS Bursary

To apply for the funding available through this scheme, as detailed above, you will need to register and apply on the following link;

  Register and Apply for your Bursary

You will find Terms and Conditions of the bursary and also an extensive FAQ document on the link above if you have any queries on the new scheme. Students commencing study in 2021 and who commit to work in Wales for the two years following completion of their course, will be able to access NHS funding as set out above to meet the cost of training. The bursary scheme for EU nationals includes the provision of tuition fees only, unless ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of the course. Please note that you will need to re-apply annually for your NHS Bursary to be funded for each year of study.

Individuals who do not feel they can commit to this specified period of employment will not be eligible to receive the benefits of the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme, however they will still be able to study in Wales and will be able to access the following support;

         Welsh domiciled students who do not wish to commit to work in Wales on completion of their course will have access to the standard support package available from Student Finance Wales.

         Non-Welsh domiciled students who do not wish to commit to work in Wales will still be eligible to study in Wales but will need to secure funding from an alternative source. This may include funding from the relevant funding body in their home country or self-finance.

Placement Numbers and Allocation

Our intake numbers are decided by the NHS in Wales, which take into consideration professional requirements.

In order to gain a place on the course and therefore an allocated placement, the offer is also dependant on academic achievement and satisfying all entry requirements associated with the programmes.  Due to the way placements are allocated, all offer conditions for undergraduate courses must be met by Friday 13th August. 

Placement numbers are limited for NHS programmes.  Whilst we make every effort to limit the number of offers to minimise the risk of disappointment of not gaining a place, occasionally the number of students achieving the conditions for entry exceeds the number of placements available.  Should this situation arise, Cardiff Met will operate a points system based on academic achievement and/or interview scores as well as a Firm reply.  Unfortunately, for those applicants who choose Cardiff Met as their Insurance choice, we cannot guarantee a place.  

In exceptional circumstances, the Programme Director may also offer a guaranteed place for the following year.

Due to the different application system for Postgraduate Dietetics, the number of offers made will reflect the allocation of placements available.

Further Information & Contact Details

If you are considering a professional career in health care and would like to know more about the financial support you will get during your training, then please contact:

Student Awards Services
4th Floor, Companies House
Crown Way
CF14 3UB

Bursary Enquiries - Tel: 02920 905380

Childcare Enquiries - Tel: 02920 905381​

Email: abm.sas@wales.nhs.uk


NHS Health in Wales - www.wales.nhs.uk

Workforce, Education and Development Services - www.weds.wales.nhs.uk

Online bursary application system - http://www.nwsspstudentfinance.wales.nhs.uk/new-students

Cardiff Met’s Money Advice team: financeadvice@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Extra Support from Cardiff Met

The NHS support package from Cardiff Met is designed to prepare students enrolled on NHS supported courses for study, and to support them throughout their studies. 

Award Package

The award is centered around study support. There will be study skills exercises, tutoring, mentorship and peer support on offer, among other benefits. If eligible, you will also be given access to a loaned computer for the duration of the programme. 


We will automatically assess you for the support package if you meet all the following criteria:

  1. You must be classed as a Home student for fee paying purposes
  2. You must be a new Cardiff Metropolitan University student, applying through UCAS and entering a full-time NHS supported undergraduate course at Year One, starting in 2022.
  3. Your permanent address must be in one of the 10% most deprived areas of Wales as defined by the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation 2019 (WIMD)
  4. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for 2022/23

awarded the NHS Support package, you will be notified via email in advance of the course start date.  If you have any queries, please email scholarship@cardiffmet.ac.uk

The Welsh Health Minister has a responsibility for NHS Wales workforce planning and for the training and development of healthcare professionals in Wales. As part of that responsibility, the University will be required to provide information on your progress during your studies. For those students who are not supported by the NHS Wales Bursary scheme, this information is anonymised as part of a statistical report which includes details relating to your progression in your studies and the outcomes that you achieve.