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You may be able to access funding if you need to gain a qualification and we’ve provided some suggestions. Some sources of funding will be available to you as the learner, while your employer or learning provider needs to apply for others. You should also ask your employer and learning provider about any available funding as this is not a complete list.

Part time fee grant

You may be able to apply for this grant from Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). Many social service qualifications (SCQF levels 7 to 10) will be eligible although this is not guaranteed. Find out more here.

SDS Individual Training Account (ITA)

Skills Development Scotland manages this funding. You can find out more about Individual Training Accounts on the My World of Work website

Funding for social work study

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) is responsible for giving financial support to eligible students, find out more here. We manage postgraduate bursaries for students studying a full time postgraduate social work course. Funding is reviewed annually but currently includes tuition fees and a maintenance grant. Please contact the Bursaries team at for further information.

Modern apprenticeship funding

Skills Development Scotland administers funding to Modern Apprenticeship Centres.

If you apply for a modern apprenticeship vacancy you will learn on the job and get paid. You will not pay towards your qualification. The main website to apply for apprenticeships is but they are also advertised on other job sites.

There are opportunities for employers to develop their existing workforce with social service apprenticeships. Skills Development Scotland has a range of guidance, including: