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PGCE funding – Bath Spa University

How to fund your PGCE course, and additional funding that’s available.

PGCE studies are a big investment. Bath Spa University has a wide range of funding possibilities to explore. If you are a SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training) PGCE student then please contact your SCITT provider.

Student finance for PGCE students

Student finance

Applications for 2022/23 funding

You can apply for funding from mid February 2022.

Applications should be made by 31 May to ensure your funding will be in place ready for September.

For information about your student finance entitlement and how to apply, please visit:

Tuition fee loan

You can apply for a non means-tested loan up to the maximum of £9,250 each year to cover the full amount of your tuition fees. You can choose to borrow a lesser amount (or none). The fee loan is paid directly to the University. 

Eligibility for the loan may be affected if you have previously studied in higher education even if you paid the fees yourself.

Can I change my tuition fee loan amount?

If you change your mind about the amount of tuition fee loan that you want to borrow for an academic year, you can still amend the loan up or down (up to the maximum tuition fee loan entitlement).

If you decide, during the academic year, that you wish to change the amount of tuition fee loan that you have requested, you should contact Student Finance England.

Maintenance loans

Maintenance loans are available for your living costs during the academic year. The maintenance loan is paid into your bank account once your registration has been confirmed at the University.

  • If you're living at home, you could receive a loan of up to £8,171 in 2022/23
  • If you're living away from home, outside London, you could receive a loan of up to £9,706 in 2022/23

You may need to give details of your household income to be assessed for part of the maintenance loan. The GOV.UK website explains what is meant by household income in more detail.

Use the student finance calculator to estimate how much maintenance loan you could receive.

Repaying your student loan

When will students have to start repaying their loan?

The earnings threshold increased in April 2021 and full-time students now start to repay their tuition and maintenance loan in the April after leaving higher education but only when and if they are earning at least £27,295.

How much will students be repaying each month?

Repayments will be 9% of income above threshold, so the amount repaid each month will depend on earnings. Please see GOV.UK website for more information.

How will interest affect the loan?

For information on the loan interest, please see the Student Loans Company website on how they calculate interest.

How long will students be making repayments for?

All outstanding repayments will be written off after 30 years.

How will students make the repayments?

This will depend on whether you're employed, self-employed or working abroad. Please see GOV.UK website for more information.

What if they earn less than the threshold?

If for any reason the graduate's income falls below the threshold, their repayments will be suspended.

Funding for UK PGCE students

Student Finance

UK funding - PGCE

It's important to check out your own funding situation by referring to the official webpages. The information on our Student Finance webpages is a broad overview only and subject to change.

ITT Bursaries and Scholarships

The funding option available to you depends on your personal eligibility, your fee status, the type of programme you are studying and when you start your Bath Spa University studies.

Initial teacher training funding is administered by Bath Spa University in accordance with criteria determined by the Department for Education (DfE).

For further information on eligibility, applying and payment information, please see our ITT bursaries and scholarships webpages.

Bath Spa University PGCE Bursary

For further information on eligibility, applying and payment information, please see our Bath Spa University PGCE Bursary webpages.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses are designed for graduates who are interested in teaching a secondary priority subject but who may not necessarily have a degree in that subject

For more information, please visit our courses or the Department of Education.

Schools Direct

Designed by groups of schools in partnership with Bath Spa University, our School Direct routes are a popular choice for trainee teachers.

For more information, please visit our School Direct webpages or the Department of Education.

Bath Spa University Access Fund

The Bath Spa University Access Fund provides limited discretionary financial support for students who are experiencing financial difficulty and are unable to meet basic or unexpected additional costs from other sources of support.

The fund can also offer limited support to students who have experienced a change in financial circumstances due to unforeseen events.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is a searchable database of funding from the voluntary sector which is available to Bath Spa students. 

To use this resource, choose option 1 to ‘register for a username and password’ using your Bath Spa email address.

Funding for international PGCE students


Bath Spa University offers a range of scholarship opportunities for high-achieving international students who would gain from studying in the UK. The scholarship programme includes opportunities at undergraduate level. 

For information on scholarships, please see the Scholarships webpages.

Bath Spa University Emergency Access Fund

The Emergency Access Fund has been established by Bath Spa University to help:

  • International students in financial hardship
  • International students in a financial emergency
  • Prevent international students from withdrawing.

Students can apply to the Emergency Access Fund at any point throughout the academic year and the summer vacation, except final year students who must apply four weeks before the end of their course.

The Emergency Access Fund is not intended to cover basic course or living costs and International students must be able to evidence that they have made realistic provision at the start of the course to fund both their tuition fees and living costs.

Please Note: the Emergency Access Fund is a limited discretionary fund and there is no guarantee an award will be made.

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