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. We provide updates on funding in the news section of our website.

Part time fee grant

You may be able to apply for this grant from Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). See below for the Part Time Grant for Social Services and Healthcare Qualifications leaflet.

SDS Individual Training Account (ITA)

Skills Development Scotland manages this funding which can give you up to £200 towards an approved course. 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 on undergraduate and part-time social work courses in Scotland. Find out more here.


We administer postgraduate bursaries for students studying full-time postgraduate social work courses in Scotland. Funding is reviewed annually but currently includes tuition fees and a maintenance grant. Please contact the Bursaries team at for further information.

If you are interested in studying social work part time you should look at the Part Time Fee Grant for Social Services and Healthcare Qualifications leaflet below.

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:

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