New students on most nursing, midwifery and AHP pre-registration courses in England after 1 August 2017 will take out maintenance and tuition loans like other students rather than getting an NHS grant. The Government has recently published its response to the consultation on implementing the changes.
Find the list of courses affected by this change in our briefing The System Explained.
Find more information about what’s changing and work out what it means for students in our Student Funding Information briefing.
In fact most of the important things about studying to become a health professional are staying the same. Find out more about how to get on to a course and the standards of education students need to meet to graduate in our briefing All Change?
The reasons to become a health professional aren’t changing. There are brilliant, rewarding careers across the professions in health and social care and beyond. With the care needs of our population increasing, the demand for highly able and committed health professionals is only likely to grow. Find out more.
Most nursing, midwifery and AHP courses have excellent graduate employability statistics, with newly qualified practitioners in high demand: it’s not uncommon for these courses to have 100% graduate employment. You can find the employment statistics for each course at Unistats, the official hub for higher education information.
There are also a number of places that will give prospective students details about the variety of careers and roles that health professionals undertake. NHS Careers is a good place to start. Professional bodies (such as the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the College of Occupational Therapy and the Royal College of Nursing) also have information on the specific career opportunities in their profession. Find out more on the Links page.
We’ve designed a timeline to try and help make sense of these changes.
The Government is currently writing the rules of the new system and has been carrying out a public consultation on how it will work. The response to the consultation has now been published and provides more detail around funding for part-time and postgraduate pre-registration students, additional grants for childcare and funding placement travel and accommodation expenses for students.
The standards for education for health professional courses are the same across the UK. The Government is proposing in its consultation that from 1 August 2017, English students studying in the other UK home nations will need to apply to Student Finance England for tuition and living costs support.
This means that if a student is living in England and wanted to study in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, they would have access to the same student loans system as if they were studying in England. This is the same as the system for other university courses. You can find out more in our table showing tuition fees and financial support across the home nations or via the gov.uk website.
A career in health can take your students almost anywhere they choose: from working in a hospital or GP practice to research, management or policy influence. The job prospects for students on health courses in England are excellent and the demand for well-qualified, committed health professionals is only likely to increase.