How Much Does A PGCE Cost?

Studying a PGCE in the UK can lead to an exciting and rewarding career teaching in primary and secondary schools both in the UK and worldwide.

UK PGCE graduates are desired around the world in international schools teaching in English and a PGCE might cost you nothing if you want to train in a subject area
that is looking for more teachers – for example the sciences.

So, now you've decided you want to be a PGCE student you can take a look at how much it costs to study a PGCE.

PGCE tuition fees

Most institutions in England and Wales charge around £9,250 for the PGCE year for UK and EU students. For students from outside of the EU costs can be around £16,500 up to £25,200 for the PGCE year the University of Cambridge. In Scotland the fees for the PGCE (known in Scotland as a PGDE) year are charged at the undergraduate rate of £1,820 for Scottish and EU students, £9,250 for students from the rest of the UK and £16,200 for international students.

PGCE course costs

Attending your PGCE course will have additional costs as will attending your teaching placements. You should budget for around £100 each semester for additional expenses like books and other materials for your course but this will depend on you and on your institution. Many institutions arrange travel to and from your placements, but do ask about this so you can budget for it if you need to. Other costs might be supplies that you wish to use, but the school you are working in should be able to help with these. Other costs could include lunches away from home. 

Postgraduate living costs

If you are attending a course away from home, then you are going to have a few extra settling in costs. Rent in the UK can vary depending on what you want to rent, and where you want to rent it. If you don't mind sharing with others costs can be from between around £300 to £800 per month for standard student accommodation. Don't forget about daily commuting to and from your course as well as that all-important socialising and relaxing outside of your course. The costs of feeding yourself can vary from a cheap £30 per week upwards as it really depends on your lifestyle and diet. If you are leaving a career to retrain as a teacher, then you need to think about how your lifestyle might need to change over the hectic PGCE year to keep living costs down. 

PGCE funding

There is plenty of funding available for PGCE students who wish to train to become teachers including a good selection of teaching bursaries. Postgraduate students will qualify for funding through their local student finance authority, and many students will qualify for a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership. If you have an undergraduate degree of a 2:2 or above and want to teach, then you may qualify for a bursary of up to £26,000. For those who wish to teach subjects that are in demand like maths then you could qualify for a grant of up to £30,000, which is given as a £20,000 bursary during your course and then a further £10,000 once you start teaching. 

In England, there are postgraduate teaching training courses that are for the highest qualified graduates. These courses are known as School Direct programs and are salaried positions where you learn as you teach gaining Qualified Teacher Status through experience.

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Kefilwe Dire Nov. 28, 2018, 12:33 a.m.

I want to study pgce i have my bachelor degree , im not woking i need to be funded

Charlotte King Nov. 29, 2018, 9:23 a.m.

In the UK tax free funding of up to £28,000 is available for PGCE students - you can find out more here >

MZe Bem Patrick Dec. 7, 2018, 10:18 a.m.

With pass/ ordinary degree can I go for pgce or PGD in this university?

Charlotte King Dec. 7, 2018, 10:21 a.m.

What university are you interested in? You should be able to study a PGCE at a UK university with a pass at BA level.

Randall April 14, 2019, 4:23 p.m.

I am a South African with a B-Tech degree. I have 10 years of ESL teaching experience and would like to be funded for a PGCE in the UK. Who can I email for more help? Thanks.

Charlotte King April 16, 2019, 3:53 p.m.

Hi Randall,

Check with the UK Government's funding website in case you are eligible for any funding >
Also, once you have been offered a place on a PGCE you will be eligible to apply for one of our Postgrad Solutions study Bursaries worth £500 >

Good luck finding funding.

Peter May 4, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Hi Charlotte,

I have a PhD in Intellectual History, I have been published in the top academic journals and I’m now working on a monograph. I’ve also taught on numerous undergraduate modules at university. However I’m considering teaching at college (16-18) level given the difficulty of a career in academia nowadays. Do you have any advice, either in regards a PGCE or any other routes in view of my qualifications? Many thanks.


Charlotte King May 7, 2019, 8:37 p.m.

Hi Peter,

With your qualifications I think you should be eligible to apply to study a PGCE . This will take you one year to complete and there is plenty of funding available >
Once you have been eligible to study a a PGCE you will be able to apply for one of our £500 Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries >

Good luck,


Martin Gattuso June 21, 2019, 2:27 p.m.

Hi Charlotte,

I'm interested in teaching primary education and especially drama and movement. I have a diploma in dance and a degree in Japanese.i currently work as an ESL teacher in Asia. What's my best route in? Where to start?



Charlotte King June 25, 2019, 8:20 a.m.

Hi Martin,

To study a PGCE you'll need to demonstrate GCSE grade C / 4 (or standard equivalent) in maths and English – and a science subject for primary trainees. If you don’t meet this entry criteria, your training provider may ask you to sit a GCSE, equivalency test, or offer other evidence to demonstrate your ability. You'll also need a degree or degree equivalent.
Here is a link to the UK Government information on eligibility requirements for studying a PGCE in the UK >

I hope this helps.


dr. punit goyal June 29, 2019, 9:39 a.m.

thanks for sharing this such an informative post

Nancy Sept. 12, 2019, 6:03 p.m.

I have no BA, Just high school graduate
Can I apply for PGCE?!

Charlotte King Sept. 15, 2019, 9:49 a.m.

Hi Nancy,
According the official UK Government Teaching page you need to have a degree or be working towards a degree (or relevant overseas qualification to be eligible to study a PGCE >

Ruqayya Siddiqi Oct. 2, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

I would like to enrol my self for PGCE Program. Please do guide me

Charlotte King Oct. 3, 2019, 1:22 p.m.

Our section on Teaching & Education provides plenty of information about studying a PGCE and what it involves >
And once you’re sure that it’s the right academic and career path for you our Getting Into Teaching Blog offers advice on how to get enrolled on a course >
Good luck!

Neelam Muhammad Oct. 18, 2019, 7:15 a.m.

Hi I want to know that I had done masters in environmental science from my country if I want to apply for this course can I apply and how much will be the fees Thanks

Charlotte King Oct. 18, 2019, 8:09 a.m.

As long as you have GCSE equivalent in Maths and English and an undergraduate degree you should be eligible to apply for a PGCE in the UK. Course fees for students from outside of the EU range from £16,500 up to £25,200 for the year. Fo those students within the EU they are currently just over £9,000.
The UK Government's Getting Into Teaching page has lots of advice on the application process >
Good luck!

Maha Nov. 24, 2019, 4:46 a.m.

I need advice , I'm currently working in Qatar as a music/violin teacher and would like to have a certificate in education. so I have 2 questions :
1- should I take PGCE in Music or in Education in general (all curricula)
2- Should I quit my job and move to the UK for a year to take the PGCE with QTS or PGCEi is enough since I don't think I plan to teach in the UK ?


Dorothy Shaw Nov. 26, 2019, 7:33 p.m.

I have an enquiry for a Libyan friend. He was teaching Chemistry in university in Libya, has a PhD in chemistry and hopes to teach here in England...he has a family and is currently unemployed, is there any funding for him?(

Charlotte King Dec. 1, 2019, 6:27 p.m.

Hi Maha,
If you are interested in being a music teacher at secondary school then studying a PHCE in Music like this one at UCL is probably your best option >
If you can take the time to study the course in the UK it will also give you more flexibility to teach in the UK should you change your mind.
Good luck.

Charlotte King Dec. 1, 2019, 6:29 p.m.

Hi Dorothy. If your friend is planning to come to the UK to study a postgraduate program he can apply for a Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary worth £500. Here are the details >

Gemma Jan. 30, 2020, 7:11 a.m.

I have a degree in International Hospitality Management . I was wondering if is possible to do a PGCE in primary?

Charlotte King Feb. 2, 2020, 11:38 a.m.

Hi Gemma – to study a PGCE you'll need to demonstrate GCSE grade C / 4 (or standard equivalent) in Maths and English – and a science subject for primary trainees. If you don’t meet this entry criteria, your training provider may ask you to sit a GCSE, equivalency test, or offer other evidence to demonstrate your ability.
You'll also need a degree or degree equivalent.
Here is a link to the UK Government information on eligibility requirements for studying a PGCE in the UK >
Good luck!

Rams Feb. 20, 2020, 9:50 a.m.

I am a Citizen of the republic of Botswana,Southern Africa.I would like to be sponsored for a Post Graduate Diploma in Education.I hold Diploma in Pastoral Theology ,BA in Humanities,double Majors in History and Theology and Religious Studies.I therefore need please.

Steve Mandell Feb. 22, 2020, 4:30 a.m.

If I choose to do a PGCE, but have lived abroad for a number of years, do I have to pay international fees?

I do have a British passport.

Shah Feb. 26, 2020, 12:47 a.m.

I am an internatioanal candidate and I have a PhD in Chemistry. I am planning to be enrolled in a PGCE course in the UK. Can I find a secondary school Chemistry teacher job in the UK after my PGCE?

Anna March 2, 2020, 10:17 p.m.

I am extremely keen to do my PGCE in UK and will be an international student if I get accepted to the program. I have a couple of questions:
1) On completion of the PGCE, is there a possibility of being hired as a teacher in London when I have only a foreign passport and no work permit?
2) I am over 60 years of age. Though I am still in active employment (not as teacher) in my home country, are there any chances that UK schools will be willing to hire an older new teacher and give a work permit once I finish my PGCE ?
Thank you for your time!

Charlotte King March 3, 2020, 8:17 a.m.

Hi Rams _ you are eligible to apply for one of our Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500 >
Good luck!

Charlotte King March 3, 2020, 8:20 a.m.

Hi Steve – if you hold a British passport and are still a British resident I think you will be eligible for home tuition fees and also to the Government funding opportunities. There is more information on funding here >

Charlotte King March 3, 2020, 8:21 a.m.

Hi Shah – if you have the relevant visa and work permits I would imagine you will be in high demand as a secondary school Chemistry teacher as these are in high demand in the UK! Good luck

Charlotte King March 3, 2020, 8:23 a.m.

Hi Anna - UK schools will be happy to employ an older teacher – however to gain employment you will need the relevant work permits and visas to live and study in the UK.

William Kinsey Aug. 19, 2020, 11:12 p.m.

Dear Charlotte

I would like to take PGCE in the UK.

I have a BSc from a Canadian University (U of Calgary) with 3.0/4.0 GPA Plus 10+ years of ESL teaching Abroad/Overseas experience. Additionally, I have a TEFL Teaching Certificate Diploma.
Moreover I have a UK passport- I am a full British Citizen, but have not lived in the UK since 2001.

Would that satisfy the pre-requisites and would I qualify for funding, loans or bursaries? How much would these be ?

Thank You in Advance Charlotte



Paul Aug. 25, 2020, 6:33 p.m.

If I am accepted on a course PGCE subject to health screening, and pay the fees upfront, will I be refunded my fees if I fail the screening and as a result am unable to start course?

Reham Aug. 27, 2020, 11:56 p.m.

I have a question, I’m social studies teacher and I’m social studies teacher and I want to take PGCE in social studies. How much does it cost this online course, and can I pay them in different installments, and about how much is each installment please. Thanks in advance

Charlotte King Sept. 1, 2020, 5:21 p.m.

Hi William,

If you are a UK citizen you should be eligible for UK Government funding – there is a good selection of bursaries and scholarships available and this URL will provide you with more information >
Once you have been offered a place on a PGCE course at any UK university you will also be eligible to apply for one of our Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500 each >

Good luck!


Charlotte King Sept. 1, 2020, 5:23 p.m.

Hi Paul – I advise you to discuss this issue with the admissions team at your university to ensure that your tuition fees are fully refundable on the off chance that you fail to meet the health screen requirements. I'm sure they'll be happy to help. Good luck!

Charlotte King Sept. 1, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Hi Reham,
The cost of a PGCE in Social Studies will depend on whether you are a Home/EU student or an International student, it will also depend on what institution you choose to study at. Approximate tuition fees are around £9,000 for UK/Home students and £17,000 for International students. Some universities will offer the option to pay in instalments so check with the admissions office to see if this is an option.
Good luck!

Kevin Sept. 29, 2020, 2:44 p.m.

I am Kevin from Kenya, I have a bachelor's degree in education science ( biology/Agriculture) I would like to be employed as unqualified teacher in primary as I persue PGCE what's the route to follow. Thanks

Charlotte King Oct. 13, 2020, 8:32 a.m.

Hi Kevin. Independent (private) schools in the UK are able to employ unqualified teachers, whereas state school require the teachers to have qualified status. If you want to go down the state route you may be able to get some unpaid work experience in a school whilst you are studying a PGCE. Good luck!

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