Teacher Training

Teacher Training


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for PGCE courses starting from September 2017 are £9,250 pa. 


Tuition Fee Loans

Tuition fee loans for Home and EU students are available from Student Finance England and Student Finance (EU) so that money for fees does not have to be found up-front.

Apply online at: www.gov.uk/student-finance


Maintenance Loans and Grants      

PGCE Home students can also apply to Student Finance England for a means-tested Maintenance Loan of up to £8,430 per annum (or £7,097 if living at home with parents), a Childcare Grant, Parents’ Learning Allowance, Disabled Students’ Allowance and so on from Student Finance England. 

Apply online at: www.gov.uk/student-finance



Some full-time eligible Home and EU students studying for a PGCE will receive a tax-free training bursary through the University. 

Eligibility for the bursary depends upon the classification and subject of their first degree; the following table summarises the standard training bursaries available in 2017/18.

  Eligibility 2017/18 (1)    Scholarships (2)                          Bursaries 

  Trainee with
1st / PhD

  2:1 / Masters     2:2     
  Physics       £30,000    £30,000    £25,000    £25,000  
  Maths       £27,500    £25,000    £25,000    £25,000
  Languages (3)       £27,500 (4)    £25,000    £25,000    £25,000
  Computing       £27,500    £25,000    £25,000    £25,000
  Geography       £27,500    £25,000    £25,000    £25,000
  Chemistry       £27,500    £25,000    £20,000    £20,000
  Classics           -     £25,000    £25,000    £25,000
  Biology           -     £15,000    £12,000    £10,000
  D&T           -     £12,000    £ 9,000         £0    
  English           -        £ 9,000    £ 9,000         £0
  History, Music, RE           -        £ 9,000    £ 4,000         £0
  Primary Maths (5)           -    £ 6,000    £ 6,000    £ 6,000
  Primary           -    £ 3,000         £0         £0

1  Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider. Under current rules, EU nationals can access this support if they have resided in the European Economic Area or Switzerland throughout the three-year period before the start of the course. Non-EU EEA nationals should contact Student Finance England. If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. You can also contact your training provider for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.

2  Trainees are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. Trainees in physics, maths, languages and geography will usually need a 2:1, but can still apply with a 2:2 and significant experience. Trainees in chemistry or computing are able to apply with a 2:2 or above. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. See Get Into Teaching webpages for more details.

3  Bursaries are available for trainees in French, German and Spanish. They are also available for other modern, community or ancient languages. The full list of eligible languages can be found on GOV.UK

4  Languages scholarships are only available if you train to teach French, German or Spanish.

5  Bursaries are available to trainees on either primary maths specialist courses or primary general (with mathematics) courses with at least grade B maths A level or equivalent. Trainees on other primary courses may be eligible for the standard primary bursary.


Part-Time PGCE Students

Please note that PGCE students studying on a part-time basis will receive the same financial support as part-time undergraduate students, unless their course lasts for less than a year.  See Part-time Student Funding page. 


Additional Teacher Training Support

You can get more information on teacher-training support and related issues from the Teaching Information Line on 0800 3892 500, or on the National College for Teaching & Leadership website: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/  


Access to Learning Fund

PGCE students may also apply to the University’s Access to Learning Fund for help.