PGCE Funding

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PGCE funding options You want to do a PGCE then and get into teaching, but you’re unsure about how to fund it? Well, once you've found out how much a PGCE costs, did you know that PGCE funding is often easier to come by than for any other course? Thanks to the need for high quality teachers, there are a lot of potential sources of funding, from the government, to independent societies. The best thing to do is to apply for as many as are relevant, because none of them should exclude eligibility for the others.

Funding for PGCE

So, just what PGCE funding is out there? For a start, PGCE students are eligible for student loans and maintenance grants, just like undergraduate students are. As with undergraduates, these are split into a few sections. There’s the tuition fee loan which is up to £9,000. This goes straight to the university, and is required to be paid back (only after a certain wage is being made, however). There is also a maintenance loan, which varies depending on where you will be living – if you live at home, you get less, whereas living somewhere like London will get you more. In addition to these loans, there is a maintenance grant available to those within certain income brackets. As with undergraduates, this is a scale. Unlike the loan, this doesn’t have to be paid back, but it does reduce the maintenance loan rather than adding on to it.

In addition to this standard funding, there are also teacher training bursaries available. The amounts available vary due to a few factors like the grade achieved on your first degree (minimum of 2.2), and the subject you’re planning to teach. It also varies on where you are studying – for the purposes of this article, we’ll use the figures from England, but bear in mind they are slightly lower in Wales.

PGCE Bursaries

These bursaries are available to those who aren’t already teachers, and are home students (or are EU nationals living in the European Economic Area):

* £9,000 for those studying to teach middle years (7 to 14 year olds, or 9 to 14 year olds) or secondary courses in science, maths, information technology, design and technology, modern languages, music and religious education.

* £6,000 for those studying to teach middle years or secondary courses in any other subject.

* £4,000 for those studying to teach primary age children.

PGCE Scholarships

However, for some subjects and degree grades, it is possible to apply for scholarships of a higher amount. If you have a 2.1 or above and are studying to teach computer science, physics, maths, or chemistry, you can apply for a scholarship of up to £20,000. Again, this may vary due to your actual grade. As it is a scholarship, rather than a bursary, this requires applying and competing, as there are limited numbers available. If you don’t succeed at receiving the scholarship, you are still eligible for the standard bursary amount. These scholarships are available through individual societies: The Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Chemistry, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and The Institute of Mathematics and its Application.

PGCE University Funding Options

Whilst these are the two major ways to get funding for PGCE courses, they are not the only two options available. Sometimes, universities will have scholarships, bursaries, or similar, available to applicants of certain courses, so it’s worth checking wherever you apply for whether there are additional options available.

PGCE Charity Funding Options

Additionally, there is the option of looking at charities. There are plenty of charities offering funding, and many of them are specifically offering it to potential teachers. It may be a little harder to find, but often there will be charities dedicated to particular subjects, goals or certain areas of school catchment. Sometimes they’re even sorted by which school you yourself attended. Having a look through all of these options should reveal quite a few that you’re eligible for, and the best thing to do is to start writing to the individual charities and enquiring about eligibility. And check out some of our more ingenious ideas! So that’s funding for PGCE courses. As you can see, there’s a wide range of options available to you, and as long as you take the time to apply to any sources of funding open to you it should be no issue affording the course.

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Don't forget that once you have been accepted into a PGCE program you are eligible to apply for one of our Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500 towards your tuition fees. You can find out more here.

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