Funding for PGCE courses 2019/2020

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 2019/2020 may also be offered a tax -free bursary by the Department for Education 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 from the April after you have graduated and are earning over £25,725.

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 £25,725.

The Government is yet to announce the figures for Maintenance Loans for 2019/20 academic year, but for reference the figures for 2018/19 were:

Full-time student

Maintenance Loan

Living at home

Up to £7,324

Living away from home, outside London

Up to £8,700

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 standard student support, including tuition fee loan, maintenance loan and training bursaries where eligible.

Salaried route

The salaried route of the School Direct Training Programme is funded by tuition fees paid by the Department for Education (DfE). You will have the opportunity to earn a salary while you train and your training costs are met by your employer. Therefore trainees on this route are not eligible for student finance.

Postgraduate Training Scholarships and Bursaries 2019/2020

To encourage the best people to enter the teaching profession, there are tax-free bursaries of up to £26,000. Amounts vary depending on the teaching subject and the classification of the trainee’s first degree.

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.

Additional support

Figures for the 2019/20 academic year have not yet been announced, but 2018/19 academic year figures have been supplied for reference.

Full-time students with children could be eligible for  Parents’ Learning Allowance of up to £1,669 a year to help eligible students with their learning costs. Eligible students may also be able to apply for a Childcare Grant to cover up to 85% of your childcare costs (up to £164.70 a week for 1 child or up to £282.36 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 £2,925.

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

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.

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, applications are made through Student Finance England. Applications are due to open in February 2019.

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