The tuition fees for PGCE teacher training courses are £9,250 for Home and EU students, and £10,500 for International students in 2017/18. We offer lots of funding options to help support you get started in your teaching career.
The tuition fees for entry to the academic year 2018-2019 are not yet available for publication. We will update this page as soon as more detailed information is available.
£1500 Fee Discount for September 2017 entry
If you're registering onto a PGCE Secondary course at the University of Cumbria* starting in September 2017 you may be eligible for a £1,500 tuition fee discount!
To qualify for the discounted fee you must:
- graduate from an undergraduate Bachelor degree** with a minimum grade of 2:2 (Hons) within the six months prior to the start date of the PGCE course
- wish to specialise in any subject, with the exception of English, History or PE
- currently study at one of the following institutions; University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Lancaster University or Salford University
Terms and conditions
Any applicant who is offered a place and then subsequently defers their entry to 2018 entry will not be eligible for this discount. To be eligible for the discount you must have completed your degree at one of the institutions listed above and this offer does not include degrees that are accredited by the above institutions where the applicant has studied with another provider. All applications are subject to successfully meeting the University of Cumbria entry requirements and selection process. Where an offer is made all applicants must meet any offer conditions set in order to register onto the course. The discount is applied to the fees charged and is not paid to the applicant as a cash sum.
*Excludes courses studied via School Direct
**An undergraduate Bachelor degree does not include postgraduate study such as Masters or PhD study.
School Direct students with salaried places
If you have secured a salaried place on the school direct programme, you won't have to pay any tuition fees. Your host school will pay your fees in full and you will earn a salary in line with the unqualified teacher pay scale.
Unfortunately, salaried school direct students are not eligible for bursaries or any other student funding.
University-based and non-salaried School Direct students
The tuition fee for the 2017/18 academic year is £9,250 for UK and EU students and £10,500 for international students.
If you are a UK or EU student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which you only start to pay back when you are earning over £21,000 (if you're from England) or £17,775 (if you're from Scotland). If you live in England, you be eligible for a maintenance loan of up to £8,430 (up to £11,002 living in London).
There is different process if you are a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Find out more about tuition fee loans
Depending on your subject and degree level, you may also be eligible for a training bursary or scholarship.
Training bursaries are available through the National College of Teaching and Leadership based on the subject you’re studying and the degree level you achieve. These are to encourage trainees to study in areas where it is more difficult to recruit teachers, so depending on your interests and qualifications, you may be able to receive more than you expect. Further information on the bursary scheme is available on the NCTL website.
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|History, Religious Education, Music
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. Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider. Under current rules, EU nationals can access this support if they have resided in the European Economic Area or Switzerland throughout the three-year period before the start of the course. Non-EU EEA nationals should contact Student Finance England. 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) Trainees are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. Trainees in physics, maths, languages and geography will usually need a 2:1, but can still apply with a 2:2 and significant experience. Trainees in chemistry or computing are able to apply with a 2:2 or above. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. Find out more.
3) 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. Trainees on other primary courses may be eligible for the standard primary bursary.
Further information on the bursary scheme is available on the NCTL website.
Receiving Bursary Payments
Bursary payments are processed automatically for eligible candidates by their chosen teacher training provider. You receive confirmation of your entitlement by email from the Admissions Office once acceptable evidence of degree outcome has been received. Emails will be sent from April onwards.
Bursaries up to £12,000 will be paid in 10 equal monthly instalments from October to July.
Bursaries of £15,000 or more (including scholarships) will have a proportion (approximately 75-80%) paid in 10 equal monthly instalments from October to July with two additional payments in February and July (or completing month).
If you are self funding your course, then you may pay your tuition fees in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments. To discuss instalments, send us an email.
Instalments are not available for part-time students. Fees must be paid in full at the start of the semester.
Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students university and personal email accounts.
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Student Financial Regulations
The Student Financial Regulations describes your contractual obligations to the university regarding finance. It includes our policies about:
- Tuition fees and payments
- Cancellations, withdrawal from programmes and interruption of studies
- Debt management procedures
- Other fees, fines and charges
- Bursaries and scholarships
Please download and read the regulations before starting your course.
Download the Student Financial Regulations for 2017-18 starters (PDF)
Download the Student Financial Regulations for 2016-17 starters (PDF)