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Financial Support for PGCE students

How much are my fees?
For PGCE students starting in 2017/18, tuition fees are £9,250


Is there help available to help me pay my fees?
Yes, you can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees provided you meet the eligibility requirements set by your Student Finance authority.


What help is available to help me with living costs?
Depending upon your personal circumstances you may be eligible to apply for a means tested maintenance loan of up to £8,430 in 2017/18. Further details including eligibility can be found at the at the website.


How do I apply for funding?
To apply for the Tuition Fee Loan, Maintenance Loan, you should complete an application online at Student Finance England. Alternatively, you can also complete a PN1 form available to download from the Gov.UK website. Applications to Student Finance England can be accepted within 9 months of the start of your course. However, in order to ensure that funding is in place for the start of your course in September 2017, applications should be made no later than 31st May 2017.


Teacher Training Bursaries
Trainee teachers undertaking a non-salaried PGCE course may also be entitled to a tax-free bursary from the Teaching Agency. The amount of bursary paid varies depends on the subject you teach and what classification you obtained in your undergraduate degree. The scheme also recognises exceptional achievement outside of degree results and allows flexibility in some cases. The table below summarises the standard training bursaries available in 2017/18, you can get full information on the Get into Teaching website.


1st/PhD 2:1/Masters



£30,000 £25,000



£25,000 £25,000



£25,000 £25,000



£25,000 £20,000


Languages £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
Biology £15,000 £12,000 £10,000
Geography £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
D&T £12,000 £9,000 £0
History, RE, Music £9,000 £4,000 £0
English £9,000 £9,000 £0
Primary Maths £6,000 £6,000 £6,000
Primary £3,000 £0 £0

Payments of all of the bursaries listed above are subject to meeting eligibility criteria and other terms and conditions. For full details of the bursaries available and additional scholarships for trainees in Psychics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Computing, Geography and Languages with a 2:1 or above please visit the Get Into Teaching website.


How is it paid and how do I apply?

Most bursaries are over 10 months in equal monthly instalments from October to July, full details of how your bursary is paid can be found here. Students awarded a bursary of £15,000 or more will also receive 10 equal monthly instalments from October to July but with additional payments in February and July, or in the final month of your course (subject to attendance and completion of your course). You will be advised about your actual payment schedule when your bursary is confirmed by MMU. The bursary is paid directly into your bank account.

You are assessed for the bursary as part of your enrolment and course induction. After you start your course, your department will take you through the process of applying for your bursary. Please ensure that you complete the appropriate paperwork relating to the bursary to prevent any delays to payments of the bursary. Please contact the Faculty of Education if you have any queries regarding this.

Subject Enhancement Courses

For certain subjects, you may be asked to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. These courses are normally aimed at individuals who have the right qualities to become a teacher, but need additional subject training before completing a PGCE. Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses are fully funded by the National Collect for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) so there are no course fees and whilst on the course, students will receive a bursary of £200 per week (paid monthly). The course is not appropriate for funding from Student Finance England/Wales/Northern Ireland or Student Awards Agency Scotland.