Funding for PGCE students

PGCE students are able to qualify for the same statutory government support package as undergraduate students.

This means that you can qualify for a loan to cover the full cost of tuition as well as maintenance support in the form of grants and loans.

Teacher training bursaries

For September 2018 entry, depending on your specialism and level of attainment, home/EU PGCE trainees may be eligible to receive a Department for Education bursary. 

You do not need to apply for a bursary – if you are enrolled and meet the eligibility criteria, you will begin receiving payment by instalments from October. 

Scholarships and bursaries 

SubjectEligibility 2018/191
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master's
Physics £28,000 £26,000
Chemistry  £28,000 £26,000
Languages4 £28,0005 £26,000
Computing  £28,000 £26,000
Geography £27,000 £26,000
Biology - £26,000
Classics6  - £26,000


SubjectTrainee with 1st/PhD2:1/Master's2:2
English  £15,000 £15,000 £15,000
D&T £12,000 £9,000 £0
History, Music, RE  £9,000 £4,000 £0
Primary Maths7 £6,000 £6,000 £6,000

The financial offer for maths

SubjectEligibility 2018/191
 Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master'sEarly-career payments2Total2
Maths £20,000 bursary £10,000 £30,000
  £22,000 scholarship3 £10,000 £32,000

1. Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI). Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider. If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. You can also contact your training provider for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.

2. You could receive £30k or £32k in total - £20k as a tax-free bursary or £22k scholarship with additional payments of £10k after tax once in teaching. You'll need to have completed a non-salaried teacher training course and received a bursary or scholarship in the academic year 2018/19. You’ll receive two additional early-career payments of £5k each in your third and fifth year of teaching - enhancements to these payments are available if you teach in specified areas in England. You must have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing your teacher training course. View the full terms and conditions.

3. Trainees in physics, maths, languages, chemistry, geography and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. 

4. Bursaries are available for trainees in French, German and Spanish. They are also available for other modern, community or ancient languages. The full list of eligible languages can be found on GOV.UK.

5. Languages scholarships are only available if you train to teach French, German or Spanish. 

6. Bursaries are available to trainees on a classics course where the course is in an ancient language (Latin or Ancient Greek).

7. Bursaries are available to trainees on either primary maths specialist courses or primary general (with mathematics) courses with at least grade B maths A level or equivalent.

The Manchester Bursary for PGCE students

PGCE students are considered for the University's Manchester Bursary on a means-tested basis. We take into account the level of financial support available from government sources as well as the household income of the student.

As a consequence, those students eligible to receive a DfE training bursary will not be considered for the Manchester Bursary.