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15 Jan 2020

Your learning Funding

New leaflet: Part Time Fee Grant for social service and healthcare qualifications

We’ve worked with Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) and NHS Education for Scotland (NES) to produce a new leaflet to help you understand and raise awareness of the Part Time Fee Grant.

The leaflet lists some of the child, health and social care qualifications at SCQF level 7 to 10 that can attract a funding contribution. To be eligible your income must be £25,000 a year or less.

The size of the grant you receive will be based on the total number of credits which make up your award (the credit value). The rest of the cost may be covered by your employer, learning provider or your own funding.


The credit value of an SVQ depends on the optional units you choose. For example, if you are studying for an SVQ Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 7 (SVQ 3):

  • the minimum possible credit value is 69 SCQF credits which would attract a grant of £693
  • the maximum possible credit value is 84 SCQF credits which would attract a grant of £844.

Did you know?

  • To apply for the grant you must meet general residence conditions and be normally resident in Scotland when you start your qualification. This SAAS guide [] will help you understand if you meet residence conditions. There is also information for other groups, for example those granted asylum in the UK.
  • There are a range of part time courses that could help you build your career and you can study while you work, with a training provider or college. There are also part time social work courses at Robert Gordon University and the Open University.
  • It doesn’t matter if you’ve got previous qualifications, or if you have studied at a higher level and now want to study at a lower level (for example if beginning a new career). In fact, as long as you meet eligibility requirements you can apply for the grant each academic year so it could help you build your career over time.

Useful links

Read more about the grant and find the application form on the SAAS website

Our careers website at has more information about roles and qualifications in social services.

You can find out about healthcare careers at

You can contact to request SSSC materials to help you promote careers in social services.

View the Part Time Fee Grant for social service and healthcare qualifications leaflet here.

Looking for funding for a smaller course?

Read our Individual Training Account article.

Contact information

Sandra Wilson
Communications Officer
Scottish Social Services Council