Teacher Training

Teacher Training


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for PGCE courses starting from September 2019 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 for a means-tested Maintenance Loan of up to £8,944 per annum (or £7,529 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 2019/20.


Eligibility 2019/20 (1)
Scholarships (3)   Bursaries
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master's
 Maths* (2)      £22,000     £20,000
 Physics      £28,000 £26,000
 Chemistry      £28,000 £26,000
 Languages (4) £28,000 (5) £26,000
 Computing £28,000 £26,000
 Geography £28,000 £26,000
 Biology - £26,000
 Classics (6) - £26,000
 English - £15,000
 D&T, History - £12,000
 Music, RE - £9,000
 Primary Maths (7) - £6,000
  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. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI). Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider. 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. You could receive £30k or £32k in total - £20k as a tax-free bursary or £22k scholarship with additional payments of £10k after tax once in teaching. You'll need to have completed a non-salaried teacher training course and received a bursary or scholarship in the academic years 2018/19 or 2019/2020. You’ll receive two additional early-career payments of £5k each in your third and fifth year of teaching - enhancements to these payments are available if you teach in specified areas in England. You must have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing your teacher training course. View the full terms and conditions.
  3. Trainees in physics, maths, languages, chemistry, geography and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. 
  4. 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.
  5. Languages scholarships are only available if you train to teach French, German or Spanish. 
  6. Bursaries are available to trainees on a classics course where the course is in an ancient language (Latin or Ancient Greek).
  7. Bursaries are available to trainees on primary with maths courses with at least grade B maths A level or equivalent. 

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.