Information for Prospective Students

Initial Teacher Training - Funding Overview

Tuition Fee Loan 

Full-time and part-time Home / EU students on PGCE Primary, Secondary and Post Compulsory can apply for a tuition fee loan to pay their fees from Student Finance England. Please note if you do not apply for a fee loan, you will need to make arrangements by the start of the course to pay the fees yourself.

Tuition fees information can be found on the UCL Tuition Fees page.

IMPORTANT: You cannot use the bursary or scholarship to pay fees as it is paid to you in monthly instalments over your course. You can use it to pay for your living costs.

Living Costs

Full-time Home students can apply for a maintenance loan from Student Finance England to cover living costs.

For 2018/19, the maximum student loans for living costs for studying in London were:

• Up to £11,354: living away from parental home

• Up to £7,324: living at parental home

Other government funding is available for those with children, adult dependents and disabled students. For more information go to

EU and Overseas Students

EU students are eligible for loans depending on how long you have been resident in the UK. For more information see

Students from overseas (non EU countries) and Channel Islands/Isle of Man are not usually eligible for tuition fee support, although those ordinarily resident in the UK for a certain period prior to starting the course may qualify. For more information see

Training bursaries of up to £26,000

Home/EU trainees starting a PGCE programme from September 2019 may be eligible to receive a training bursary for living costs. The amount depends on your PGCE subject and your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification. You must also be eligible for the provision of UK student support (tuition fee loans) from the Student Loans Company. Bursaries are for full-time and part-time students.

You do not need to make an application for a bursary. You will be automatically assessed for an award after you make your UCL PGCE course application and we will contact you about the evidence required in the summer before your course begins.

PGCE Primary and Secondary bursaries for 2019/20

The National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) allocate bursary funding to UCL, who in turn disburse it to eligible students. For more information please visit the Department of Education website. The bursary is a tax-free, non-repayable bursary.

The bursary rates for 2019/20:

Subject 1st/PhD 2:1/Master’s 2:2
Physics /Physics with Mathematics £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Biology £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Languages £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Computing £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Geography £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Mathematics* £20,000 £20,000 £20,000
English / English with Drama
£15,000 £15,000 £15,000
 Music, RE  £9,000  £9,000  £9,000
Primary Mathematics** £6,000 £6,000 £6,000

*PGCE Mathematics Early-Career Payments: 

You will receive two additional payments of £5,000 each in your third and fifth year of teaching in a state-funded school in England. For more information see Mathematics early-career payments guidance

**PGCE Primary Mathematics

 You must have grade B or above Maths A-Level or equivalent. If you have below Grade B (or equivalent) then you will not be eligible for a bursary.

School Direct

School Direct Tuition Fee route (Unsalaried) students can access the funding above, subject to the same eligibility criteria as PGCE Primary and Secondary students. School Direct Salaried students are not eligible for any of the funding above as this is an employment route so you will be receiving a salary.

Bursary FAQS (for PGCE Primary, Secondary and School Direct Unsalaried)

If you have any questions about the bursary, please refer to our Training Bursary FAQs.

PGCE Secondary scholarships

Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Mathematics, Languages and Geography trainees may be eligible for an Institute of PhysicsRoyal Society of ChemistryChartered Institute of ITInstitute of Mathematics, British Council or Royal Geographical Society with IBG scholarship.

Subject Amount
Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Languages and Geography £28,000
Secondary Mathematics

Trainees will usually need a 2:1, but can still apply with a 2:2 and significant experience.  As well as the financial award, scholars will receive a package of additional benefits provided by the professional bodies. You will need to apply directly to the awarding institution. For more information see Scholarships

Trainees awarded a scholarship cannot receive a bursary. Trainees who are not awarded a scholarship may be eligible for a standard bursary. Scholarships are disbursed by UCL.

PGCE Post-Compulsory (for teaching in further education) bursaries

The Department for Education (DfE) usually allocates bursaries to trainee teachers of Maths and English to GCSE level in further education colleges.

These are the bursary amounts for 2018/19. Bursary amounts for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed.

Subject 1st/PhD 2:1/Master’s 2:2
Maths with Numeracy £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
Literacy / Literacy with ESOL £15,000 £15,000 No award

Bursaries are only available to students doing a pre-service route at UCL in Literacy, Literacy and ESOL or Maths with Numeracy. The generic Post-Compulsory and ESOL only routes at UCL were not eligible for bursaries. You cannot receive a bursary if you already hold QTS or QTLS. To find out if you might be eligible and for more information check FE Advice website.

PGCE Early Years grants and bursaries

Financial support of up to £14,000 may be available depending on which training route you take. For more information please visit the Department of Education website.

Page last modified on 10 oct 18 13:46 by Clare Hewitt

*NOTE: All scholarship and student funding schemes are subject to availability of funds, and details given here are subject to change at any time. Potential applicants are urged to check information regularly to ensure they are aware of current procedures, deadlines etc.

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