Funding for PGCE Students

Training Bursary

The National College for Teaching and Leadership offer a tax free bursary to assist eligible UK and EU students undertaking a PGCE. The amount of bursary available will depend on teaching subject and UK degree (or equivalent) class.  These bursaries are usually paid directly to the student on a monthly basis during the course.

Any students on the Employer Based PGCE or salaried version of the School Direct PGCE will not be eligible for any of the funding through the NCTL or for any funding through Student Finance England (or equivalent) as detailed below.

2019/20 teaching bursary rates can be found on the Get into Teaching website.

For more information about becoming a teacher call the Teaching Line: 0800 389 2500 or visit:

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for UK students undertaking a PGCE in 2019/20 will be £9,250.  UK and EU students will be able to apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their fees. 

Student Maintenance Loan

UK home students undertaking a PGCE will be eligible to apply for a maintenance loan to help them cover their living costs.  All eligible students from England can receive the non-income assessed element of the maximum maintenance loan.  The remaining loan is income assessed and the amount a student will receive will depend upon their household income.

Extra Help

Grants are also available for students with childcare and caring responsibilities or if a student incurs extra costs as a direct result of a disability or specific learning difficulty.


Students from England should apply for a tuition fee loan, maintenance loan and other help from Student Finance England

Students from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales who want to apply for a maintenance loan, tuition fee loan and grants should apply to their own assessment authority.