Manchester Metropolitan University

Funding for PGCE courses 2018/2019

Full-time PGCE Primary and Secondary Education Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses attract funding in a similar way to undergraduate degree courses.

Postgraduate trainees starting a PGCE course in 2018/2019 may also be offered a tax -free bursary by the National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL) depending on the subject they are training to teach and the classification of their first degree.

Tuition Fees

You will need to pay tuition fees of £9,250 for your PGCE course. This can be funded through a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. The loan is not means -tested and covers the full amount of the tuition fees. These are then paid direct to the University when you enrol on a PGCE course. You would repay the loan after you have graduated and are earning over £25,000.

Maintenance Loan

This is available to help you with your living costs. The amount you will receive depends on your household income (parents’ or partner’s income plus yours) and the loan is repayable once you have finished the course and are earning over £25,000.

Full-time student

Maintenance Loan

Living at home

Up to £7,097

Living away from home, outside London

Up to £8,430

The Government is yet to announce the figures for Maintenance Loans for the 2018/19 academic year, but for reference the figures for 2017/18 are given above.

School Direct Training Programme

Non-salaried route

The School Direct Training Programme is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee who will be eligible for the standard student support package, including training bursaries and scholarships where eligible.

Salaried route

The NCTL provides funding to cover training costs and subsidise salary costs for these places. Because it is an employment based route trainees are not eligible for student loans. The costs of training to achieve Qualified Teacher Status are included within the funding provided by the NCTL.   

Postgraduate Training Scholarships and Bursaries 2018/2019

To encourage the best people to enter the teaching profession, the NCTL offers tax-free bursaries of up to £30,000. Amounts vary depending on the teaching subject and the classification  of the trainee’s first degree. These amounts may be subject to change in subsequent academic years.

Scholarships of £28,000 are available in certain subjects. The scholarship will be instead of the standard bursary, but trainees who are not awarded the scholarship will still be eligible for the standard bursaries.

For the latest information on scholarships and bursaries, visit Get Into Teaching.

Additional support

Full-time students with children could get up to £1,617 a year to help with their learning costs. This is called Parents’ Learning Allowance. You may also be able to apply for a Childcare Grant to cover up to 85% of your childcare costs (up to £159.59 a week for 1 child or up to £273.60 a week for 2 or more children).

Full-time students in higher education with an adult who depends on them financially can apply for an Adult Dependants’  Grant of up to  £2,834.

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance.

The Government is yet to announce the figures for Maintenance Loans for the 2018/19 academic year, but for reference the figures for 2017/18 are given above.

EU students

EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of their tuition fees. They may also be eligible for a bursary or scholarship from the NCTL.

How to apply

You don’t need to wait until you’ve been accepted onto a course to apply for student finance. If you are a full-time student living in England apply through Student Finance England. The initial deadline is at the end of May 2018.

If you live in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, you need to apply through the relevant central loans company for your country. Arrangements  vary according to your country of residence and you can find more information on the relevant website.

How to pay your tuition fees

We offer a number of convenient payment options for students who are responsible for paying their own tuition fees, including an instalment scheme.

Postgraduate Study