Tuition fees are paid for by the NHS for all UK/EU residents. Students will be eligible to apply for a means tested bursary and are eligible for a £1000 non means tested bursary. Full details, including a bursary calculator, can be found online:
Course fees are paid for eligible students by the Scottish Awards Agency (SAAS).
To be eligible you must be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom on the relevant date. If your place of ordinary residence is Scotland, you can apply to us for the full support package available. This is your tuition fees, an income-assessed Scottish Government Health Directorate bursary, a non income-assessed student loan and supplementary grants. Students who normally reside in England, Wales or Northern Ireland should apply to their local educational authority regarding funding other than tuition fees.
Up to £1,500 can be awarded to student orthoptists willing to commit to seeking employment in Scotland.
NHS Scotland is based on a co-operative, partnership model with healthcare provided by 14 Health Boards ranging from the rural settings of the Highlands, Borders and Dumfries and Galloway to the city based Boards including Glasgow, Lothian (Edinburgh), Tayside (Dundee) and Grampian (Aberdeen).
The bursary is funded through NHS Education for Scotland (NES), one of the national special health boards. NES remit is to deliver educational solutions for workforce development and the bursary is one way by which NES is supporting the recruitment and retention of orthoptics.
If you would like to know more, please visit the NHS Education for Scotland link below: