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Teacher Training FAQs

•    Am I entitled to a training bursary?
•    How do I apply for a bursary?
•    When will I hear that I have a bursary?
•    Is the bursary guaranteed if I meet the eligibility requirements?
•    How is the bursary/scholarship paid?
•    When is the bursary/scholarship paid?
•    Can I use my training bursary to pay my fees?
•    What happens to the bursary if I interrupt or withdraw from the programme?
•    What happens if I receive a bursary instalment after I withdraw or interrupt or am on a period of absence?
•    What if my qualifications are not from the UK?
•    What if I have already got qualified teacher status?
•    I hold a teaching qualification from overseas - how do I get QTS?
•    Is there any other funding available?
•    What if my question is not answered here?

Am I eligible for a training bursary?

You must be on a PGCE course that has a bursary, have a degree classification of 2.2 and above and you must be eligible for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. You cannot already hold QTS. Please note overseas students are not eligible for a bursary. 

How do I apply for a bursary?

The training bursary is awarded based on the classification of your first degree or highest relevant academic qualification and the subject you choose to teach. If you are accepted onto an ITT course that attracts a bursary you will automatically qualify and will not need to apply separately. 

When will I hear that I have a bursary?

UCL Student Funding will contact you from late May to inform you of the bursary and with instructions on how to claim your bursary.  If you have not heard by the end of July, and think you are eligible, please email us. Please note that bursaries will not be allocated until you have provided proof of your qualifications to UCL Admissions. 

Is the bursary guaranteed if I meet the eligibility requirements?

If you meet the eligibility requirements and are fully enrolled, you will be awarded a bursary. 

How is the bursary/scholarship paid?

Payments are made directly into your UK bank account. We will have sent you an confirmation email with instructions to complete the online form on PORTICO where you must agree to the Department for Education's terms and conditions for the scheme. You must also register your bank information on their UCL Portico account as soon as you can otherwise no payment will be made. You must also be fully enrolled by mid September. This means you must have made provision to pay your fees through a student loan or from your own funds.

When is the bursary/scholarship paid?

Payments are made into your bank account in 10 monthly instalments from October until July for full-time students.

Payments are made by the 5th of each month. The payment is for the previous month’s study, but you must complete the full month and still be in attendance on the 1st of the month to be eligible to receive the payment. 

Can I use my training bursary to pay my fees?

No. The bursary is for living costs not for fees. The bursary is only paid to trainees who are fully enrolled with UCL. To be fully enrolled you must have made arrangements for the tuition fees to be paid prior to receiving the first bursary instalment either by applying for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England or by paying the first third of the fees. If you are not fully enrolled and have not paid the required fees by the UCL deadlines, your bursary will not be released to you.

The bursary is intended to support you with your living costs while you are undertaking your teacher training. For example, the bursary can be used to meet your travel costs while on placement, to purchase a laptop or towards rent etc.

What happens to the bursary if I interrupt or withdraw from the programme?

If you interrupt or withdraw from your course, bursary payments will be suspended. You are entitled to be paid the bursary for each month up to and including the month you withdraw or interrupt. Please note that you are only entitled to receive a bursary payment for the month you withdraw or interrupt if you were still in attendance on the course on the 1st of that month. 

If you have interrupted you are eligible to receive the remainder of your bursary when you return from interruption. 

What happens if I receive a bursary instalment after I withdraw or interrupt or am on a period of absence?

You have agreed to the Department of Education's terms and conditions in order to receive the bursary. This includes promptly informing UCL course team and the Student Funding Office of your intention to withdraw/interrupt. You have also agreed to return any overpayments to UCL. An overpayment will be any instalment which was paid to you for which you were not eligible according to your pattern of attendance on the programme and in accordance with the terms and conditions.

You must contact the Student Funding Office as soon as you submit the interruption/withdrawal paperwork as it may take some time for Student Records to officially process the request.

What if my qualifications are not from the UK?

If you have a degree from outside the UK you will need to apply for a Statement of Comparability from the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC) which shows equivalency to UK qualifications, and provide this to our Admissions team. 

What if I have already got qualified teacher status?

If you already have QTS or are eligible to receive QTS and are doing PGCE Primary or Secondary, then this means you are not eligible for a bursary.

If you have QTLS or are eligible to receive QTLS and are doing PGCE Primary or Secondary then you would still be eligible to receive a bursary.

If you have EYTS and are doing an Early Years Teacher Training Programme then you will not be eligible for the bursary or course grant.

If you have EYTS and are doing PGCE Primary, Secondary or Post Compulsory then you will be eligible for the bursary. 

I hold a teaching qualification from overseas - how do I get QTS?

Qualified teachers from an EEA member state or outside the EEA can receive QTS following application to NCTL in England. Teachers who qualified in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA can also apply to NCTL to be awarded QTS.

Is there any other funding available?

If you do not meet the criteria for a training bursary, you can apply for a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan from Student Finance. For more information and to check eligibility criteria please see Student Finance.

What if my question is not answered here?

You can contact the Student Funding Office at:
E: ittfunding@ucl.ac.uk

You can read the Department for Education guidance manuals for providers regarding bursaries.