Finance

Fees 2024/25

PGCE: £9,250
This applies to all training routes accredited by GITEP SCITT, including School Direct.

Most trainees do not need to pay tuition fees upfront and all eligible trainees* are able to apply for a tuition fee loan of up to £9,250 to cover your teacher training. You may also be eligible to apply for a maintenance loan of up to £13,022 to help with living costs, and in some cases, further support grants from SFE, such as childcare grants if you are a parent.

You can still apply for a tuition fee and a maintenance loan if you already have a student loan, and regardless of whether you get a teaching bursary or scholarship. You will only have to make loan repayments once you’re earning.

*We would strongly advise that you check your eligibility to estimate the loans/grants available to you in advance of submitting your application. If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, you will need to check with your country’s relevant student finance body.

Use the Student Finance Calculator on GOV.UK to find out more.

Training Bursaries and Scholarships

There are substantial training bursaries and scholarships available to help finance your training in certain subjects and physics and languages trainees do not have to be eligible for student finance to qualify for a bursary or scholarship. Information on bursaries and scholarships can be found on the Get Into Teaching website.

Further details of scholarships can also be found on the websites of the relevant organisations, which are:

 Eligibility 2024/25
BursaryScholarship
Art and Design£10,000
Biology£25,000
Chemistry£28,000£30,000
Computing£28,000£30,000
Design and Technology£25,000
English£10,000
Geography£25,000
Languages (French, Spanish, German only)£25,000£27,000
Languages (all other languages, including ancient languages)£25,000
Maths£28,000£30,000
Music£10,000
Physics£28,000£30,000
Religious Education£10,000
History
PE

You don’t need to apply for a bursary. If you are enrolled on a fee-paying course and meet the eligibility criteria we will sort this out. You will receive more information on the arrangements prior to the start of your course.

GITEP Access Fund

The trustees of Gloucestershire Association of Secondary Headteachers Ltd have established an Access Fund to widen access to Initial Teacher Training and support those unable to secure a bursary from the DfE. Any awards made do not have to be repaid. Applications can be made at any point in the programme.

The Black Bristol PGCE Scholarship

The Black Bristol PGCE scholarship is designed to encourage more people from a black background to consider teaching and so widen the pool of people coming into teaching. There are 4 scholarships of £2500 available. Applications from GITEP trainees are considered alongside University of Bristol PGCE students.
Applications are evaluated based on criteria of:

  • ethnicity (self-declared)
  • income
  • care-leaver
  • SEND status
  • eligibility for DFE bursary*

*You can still qualify for the scholarship if you will be receiving a bursary

The University student funding team meet at two points in the year to consider applications- usually before September. This means that early applicants find out if they are getting the bursary during the year and are therefore encouraged to take up their places on the PGCE. You will need to have a place on the GITEP course – conditional or unconditional – before applying. You will need to be undertaking with QTS with PGCE route to qualify (not QTS only).

The payments are made in two instalments by BACs transfer once you are registered in September of starting your course.
University of Bristol Black Bristol PGCE Scholarships

Tuition Fee Loan

You may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees charged. You will need to apply for this loan online through Student Finance England.  Even if you do not intend to take out a loan you will still need to apply to show eligibility for a bursary.

Council Tax

As a full time trainee you are able to apply directly to your local council for a council tax reduction/exemption. We will supply confirmation that you are eligible.

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