New students on most nursing, midwifery and most 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 been consulting on implementation of the changes and has recently published its response.
The reforms are complex and affect each of the three main strands of funding associated with these courses: university income for tuition; student support; and the funding for placements (known as placement tariff). Find out more about this in our University Funding briefing.
We’ve designed a timeline to map out the changes, based on our best information to date.
We’ve condensed what we currently know into an Open Day Information sheet (print version) that you can use with prospective students. Please feel free to use and adapt this information and any of our other briefings as required, with acknowledgement to the Council of Deans of Health. If you have questions, please contact us and we’ll do our best to help.
The Government will issue a second response in Autumn 2016 focused on the system-level issues, such as the future administration of placements and protection of small and vulnerable subjects. It is also considering the possibility of making loans available for postgraduate pre-registration courses on a similar basis to undergraduate loans, however the decision on this has not yet been taken and so for 2017/18 postgraduate pre-registration courses will be commissioned based on 2016/17 numbers. Further details are promised in due course.
As of the 2017/18 round, the Office for Fair Access has made these pre-registration courses formally part of the university’s access agreement. To support universities understand the household income profile of their students, we have access to data for each university, broken down by subject. If your university is a member of the Council and hasn’t already requested this data, please contact our Head of Policy, Fleur Nielsen.
Please feel free to use and adapt this information and any of our other briefings as required, with acknowledgement to the Council of Deans of Health. If you have questions, contact us via the link below and we’ll do our best to help.