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Funding your teacher training

Find out how much your tuition fees will cost, and the different ways you can fund your study with us

How much are tuition fees?

The amount your teaching training will cost varies, depending on what course you're studying, the subject you're focusing on, and where you're applying from. For students assessed as being eligible for UK support, it can be up to £9,250 per year for a full-time programme.

The good news is that if you're on a qualifying teacher training course in England, there are plenty of bursaries, loans and funding options open to you when it comes to paying for your studies.

Tuition fee and maintenance loans

If you’re studying any of our PGCE courses – and you’re not eligible to receive a bursary or scholarship – you're eligible for an undergraduate student loan to help cover your fees and living costs.

You won’t have to pay the cost of your tuition in advance (although you can, if you'd like to) and you'll only repay the loan when you're in employment and earning more than £27,295 a year.

If you're a full-time student, you may also be eligible for a maintenance loan towards your living costs – visit the Student Finance England website for more guidance.

Your personal circumstances can also affect your eligibility for further funding, and the UK government's student finance calculator can help you work out if you can claim for Parents' Learning Allowances, Childcare Grants, Child Tax Credits and many other additional sources of funding.

Scholarships and bursaries

Primary PGCE Bursary

If you're studying PGCE Primary, you're eligible to receive a bursary of £1,000 from the University of Portsmouth. You don't need to apply and students starting in September 2023 will be paid in 3 instalments – with one instalment in each school term.

Secondary PGCE bursaries

PGCE trainees may be eligible for considerable financial support. If you’re training to teach at a secondary school in 2023/24, you may be able to get a bursary of up to £27,000 from the Department for Education on the following courses:

  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Science

Further Education and Training PGCE bursary

If you're studying Further Education and Training PGCE you may be able to receive a bursary or grant awarded by the Department for Education to support your study with us.

Pre-service bursaries, paid to you, are available in the following subjects:

  • Computing, engineering (and/or manufacturing), maths, and science (including biology, chemistry, or physics): £26,000
  • SEND: £15,000
  • English: £12,000

In-service grants of £18,200, paid to your employer (e.g. FE college), will be available if you are training to teach English or Maths, or to provide SEND specialist support.

Ready to pay your fees?

You can pay your tuition, accommodation or language course fees online today. Find out more about making a payment.