Full-time Home/EU postgraduate student funding (PGCE)

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Funding for PGCE programmes

If you are an EU student, you are eligible to apply to Student Finance England for the fee loan for your full-time PGCE programme.

If you are a UK student, you are eligible to apply to Student Finance England for living cost support for full-time programmes in the same way as undergraduates. See undergraduate funding pages for further information.

Training bursaries for 2013

Trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not employed as a teacher, are eligible to apply for training bursaries. The amount of bursary that may be available will be based on the teaching subject and degree class.

Financial incentives for those who train in 2013/14

To be eligible for a training bursary, you will need at least a 2:2 degree. The table below summarises the standard training bursaries available in 2013/14 (information taken from the Teaching Agency website).

Training bursary 2013/14 ITT specialism
Physics, maths, chemistry, modern languages Primary maths specialist Other priority secondary and primary
Trainee with first £20,000 £11,000 £9,000
2:1 £15,000 £6,000 £4,000
2:2 £12,000 £0 £0

For those studying any of the subjects listed below, you will receive a £9,000 training bursary if you hold a first class degree or a £4,000 bursary if you hold a 2:1:

  • English
  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • Greek
  • History
  • Latin
  • Music
  • Physical Education

Trainees with degrees from outside the UK

If you hold a degree from outside the UK, please contact UWE Admissions to help determine your bursary eligibility. You will need to check whether your qualification is comparable to a British Bachelor (honours) degree standard. Alternatively, you can find information on the Teaching Agency website

School Direct bursary top-up

Trainees on School Direct places may be eligible for an additional payment worth 25% of their standard bursary. To qualify for this payment, you will need to be based in a school where more than 35% of pupils are eligible for free school meals.

This bursary is only available in combination with a standard bursary, and will be paid on top of the standard bursary amount you are eligible for. To register an interest in this scheme and be sent further information when it becomes available, please refer to the Teaching Agency website.

Training scholarships for 2013

A range of training scholarships are also available for trainee teachers in the fields of physics, chemistry, computer science and maths.

Physics teacher training scholarships

If you are a Physics trainee holding a first or 2:1 degree, you will be able to apply for an Institute of Physics (IOP) scholarship worth £20,000. This scholarship is different to the standard training bursary, and has extra benefits including membership of the Institute of Physics and mentoring support. If you qualify for the scholarship, you will not be awarded the standard training bursary.

If you are not awarded the scholarship, you will continue to be eligible for the standard training bursary as follows:

  • £20,000 if you hold a first degree
  • £15,000 if you hold a 2:1
  • £12,000 if you hold a 2:2

The IOP will award scholarships to those with exceptional subject knowledge, enthusiasm for the study of physics, and outstanding potential to teach.

There will be up to 100 scholarships available, and the application deadline is 2 January 2013. Please see the Institute of Physics (IOP) website for further details.

Chemistry teacher training scholarships

If you are Chemistry trainee holding a first, 2:1, Masters or PhD, you will be able to apply for a Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) training scholarships worth £20,000.

This scholarship is different to the standard training bursary and has extra benefits including RSC support during training and after. If you qualify for the scholarship, you will not be awarded the standard training bursary. If you are not awarded the scholarship, you will continue to be eligible for the standard

  • £20,000 training bursary if you hold a first degree
  • £15,000 if you hold a 2:1
  • £12,000 if you hold a 2:2.

There will be up to 130 scholarships available. Please see the RSC website for further details.

Computer science teacher training scholarships

If you are a computer science trainee who holds or is likely to achieve a first or 2:1, you will be able to apply for a Chartered Institute for IT training scholarship worth £20,000 from the BSC Academy of Computing. This scholarship is different to the standard training bursary and includes mentoring and development opportunities.

If you qualify for the scholarship, you will not be awarded the standard training bursary. If you are not awarded the scholarship, you will continue to be eligible for the standard £9,000 training bursary if you hold a first degree and the £4,000 bursary if you hold a 2:1. There will be up to 50 scholarships available. Please see the BCS website for further information.

Mathematics teacher training scholarships

If you are a Mathematics trainee and hold or are likely to achieve a first or 2:1, you will be able to apply for a Institute of Mathematics and its Application scholarship worth £20,000. This scholarship is different to the standard training bursary and includes mentoring and development opportunities.

If you qualify for the scholarship, you will not be awarded the standard training bursary.

If you are not awarded the scholarship, you will continue to be eligible for the standard training bursary of:

  • £20,000 if you hold a first degree
  • £15,000 if you hold a 2:1
  • £12,000 if you hold a 2:2

There will be up to 150 scholarships available.

Page last updated 26 June 2013

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