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PGCE Funding Options

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12th December 2013

First Published:

23rd May 2013

PGCE Funding

If you’re thinking about studying a PGCE, one of the big questions you’ll be facing is whether or not you can afford it. Well we’ve got some good news for you – due to the fact they’re protected by the Government, PGCEs actually have more funding options than most other postgraduate qualifications…

 

PGCE Funding Options


Tuition Fees Loan – if you’re a home or EU student, you could well be eligible to apply for a tuition fees loan from Student Finance England (the same funding body you would have applied to for your undergrad). The loan will essentially be the same as it was during your Bachelor’s, and will take care of your tuition costs straight away…


Maintenance Grant – if you received a Maintenance Grant during your undergraduate study, the chances are you’ll be able to apply for one again (assuming your circumstances haven’t changed). Grants are means tested, available through Student Finance and – best of all – they don’t have to be paid back.


Training Bursaries – these are an additional form of non-repayable funding available to PGCE students. Training Bursaries are dependent on both the subject you’re hoping to specialise in and the standard of your most recent academic qualification (more bursary money is available to students who received a First at degree level, for instance). More information on Training Bursaries is available on the education.gov.uk website.


Subject-specific Scholarships – certain subjects (mostly science-based ones) offer scholarships to a limited number of academically gifted students. These scholarships are awarded in place of the standard bursary (see above), but come with additional benefits such as early career mentoring. Scholarships are offered by societies such as the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the Institute of Physics (IOP), the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). More details are available on individual websites.

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