National College for Teaching and Leadership Bursaries (2013 Entry)

National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) training bursaries for PGCE students.

We administer NCTL bursaries in accordance with criteria determined by the Government.  Further information can be accessed via the following links.

Eligibility

Bath Spa University will contact you towards the start of your academic year inviting you to apply for NCTL bursary as part of your enrolment and registration with us. Whether you are eligible for a NCTL bursary and the amount that you will receive will depend on a combination of the course that you are taking and your personal eligibility.  Both full-time and part-time modes of studying a PGCE course can attract a NCTL bursary

To be eligible to receive a NCTL bursary you must:

  • Be eligible for UK student support (including support to EU students).  Information about student finance is available on the GOV.UK website.  Student support is the student grants and loans that you can apply for from the Student Loan Company when studying on a PGCE course.  You do have to apply for this funding to enable your eligibility to be tested before we can consider you for a NCTL bursary award, but you do not have to take out any loan.
  • Have at least a 2.2 honours degree classification
  • Not already hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • Not be taking any other Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course
  • Not be employed and carrying out paid teaching work when receiving a NCTL bursary.  (NB School Experience, which is part of your PGCE course, is not paid teaching work.)

Bursary availability and the amount of bursary offered is dependent on your degree classification and the course that you are planning to study.  The table below summarises the standard core training bursaries available in the 2013/14 academic year.

Training bursaries 2013/14

PGCE Subject Specialism

First  Degree

2:1 Degree

2:2 Degree

Physics (1)

£20,000

£15,000

£12,000

Physics with Maths (1)

£20,000

£15,000

£12,000

Chemistry(1)

£20,000

£15,000

£12,000

Mathematics (1)

£20,000

£15,000

£12,000

Modern languages

£20,000

£15,000

£12,000

English

£9,000

£4,000

N/A

Computer Science with ICT (1)

£9,000

£4,000

N/A

Music

£9,000

£4,000

N/A

Biology

£9,000

£4,000

N/A

Physical Education

£9,000

£4,000

N/A

Primary

£9,000

£4,000

N/A

(1) Trainee teachers in physics, chemistry, maths and computer science, with a 2:1 degree or first are able to apply for a scholarship worth £20,000 with their relevant subject association group, the scholarship will be subject to a competitive process. Trainees who hold the scholarship will not also be eligible for the standard NCTL bursary. Trainees who are not awarded a scholarship will continue to be eligible for the standard bursaries in 2013/14.

 

School Direct bursary top-up

Trainees on School Direct places may be eligible for an additional payment worth 25 per cent of their standard bursary. To qualify for this payment, trainees will need to be based in a school where more than 35 per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals.

The School Direct bursary top-up is only available in combination with a standard bursary, and will be paid on top of the standard bursary amount the trainee is eligible for. Schools are not required to offer free school meals to participate in School Direct.

Discretionary Bursary

In exceptional circumstances, trainees may receive a higher bursary than their degree class would otherwise merit.  This enables the scheme to take account of, for example, trainees with a 2nd class honours degree who also possess extensive subject-related industry experience, acquired either though their career, or through accredited further study.  A discretionary award is essentially an upgrade of the award that your degree classification merits; it is not available to students who do not hold a minimum of a 2nd class honours degree classification.  Your eligibility for a discretionary award will be assessed by a deciding panel which will include the Dean of the School of Education and the Registrar and applications will need to demonstrate exceptional degree-level subject knowledge from your career and background which was not reflected in your highest qualification.  You will be contacted as part of your enrolment to be offered the opportunity to apply for a discretionary award if it is applicable to your circumstances.

NCTL Bursary Payments Amounts and Dates

Your NCTL bursary will be paid to you in instalments over the length of your study period.  If you study full time you will receive your NCTL bursary in 10 instalments. If you study part time your NCTL bursary will be paid to you in 16 instalments phased over two academic years.  Payments will be made directly into your bank account on the dates listed below:

Bursary award value from the table above

Full time student instalment amount (10 instalments)

Part time student instalment amount (16 instalments)

Enhanced payment instalment in February and July only

£4,000

£400

£250

£0

£9,000

£900

£562.50 

£0

£12,000

£1,200

n/a 

£0

£15,000

£1,200

 n/a

£1,500

£20,000

£1,400

 n/a

£3,000

In the 2013/14 academic year, monthly bursary instalments will be made on the following dates

  • Thursday 10 October 2013
  • Thursday 7 November 2013
  • Friday 6 December 2013
  • Friday 10 January 2014
  • Friday 7 February 2014
  • Friday 7 March 2014
  • Monday 7 April 2014
  • Thursday 8 May 2014
  • Friday 6 June 2014
  • Monday 7 July 2014

Part time PGCE students who begin studying in the 2013/14 academic year will receive 6 additional instalments in the following academic year in the months October 2014 to March 2015 (dates to be published later)

Contact us

For further information you can contact us by email at bursaries@bathspa.ac.uk