PGCE funding

All the funding information you will need as a PGCE student, including payment schedules, bursary amounts and other funding.

Government loans and supplementary grants

These are applied for, assessed and paid by the Student Loans Company.  Maintenance Grants for living costs for new students starting initial teacher training in 2016/17 are no longer available.

Tuition fee loan

You only need to repay this after you have finished your course and are earning over £21,000.

It covers the full cost of the course and is paid directly to the University. 

The maximum charge in 2016/17 is £9,000.

Maintenance loan

This is a repayable loan to cover your living costs. 

More information at the website.

Leeds Financial Support (LFS)

All PGCE students with a Residual Household Income (RHI) of £25,000 or less will receive a cash bursary of £500 from Leeds Financial Support award, which is paid as cash. The RHI is calculated by combining the household income (assessed by the Student Loans Company) and the TA Training Bursary (if applicable).

You do not need to apply for this award and the University will notify you if you qualify.

Other funding

Access to Learning Fund (ALF)

The Access to Learning Fund can help you meet extra, unexpected costs that cannot be met from other sources of income. Awards are usually non-repayable. Students are assessed on their individual needs.

See the eligibility criteria

Professional and Career Development Loan

A Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL) can help you pay for learning that enhances your job skills or career prospects. It is a bank loan, so you will have to pay it back once you’ve left your course. However, you don’t pay interest for the period when you’re in learning.

National Careers Service website - PCDL

Apply for a PCDL

National College for Teaching and Leadership Bursary

You may qualify for a National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) Bursary (awarded and administered by the University), depending on your degree classification and the subject you train in. This is not a loan and does not need to be repaid.

You do not need to apply for the bursary, you just have to register in September, obtain a Student ID card, and meet the eligibility criteria below. Confirmation of the award will be sent shortly after registration, along with information about how your bursary will be paid.

Eligibility criteria

The NCTL stipulates that you meet (and continue to meet) these criteria:

  • be an “eligible” student for UK student support
  • train in an eligible Initial Teacher Training (ITT) subject
  • hold a UK first degree with at least 2nd class honours, or equivalent, or be training in maths or physics, hold a relevant degree and have at least a grade B at A level maths, further maths or physics
  • not already hold QTS, or be eligible to receive QTS
  • not undertake paid teaching work while receiving the Bursary
  • take a qualifying postgraduate ITT course
  • not be simultaneously undertaking any other ITT course, training scheme or programme leading to QTS.

You must also comply with the terms and conditions of the Bursary scheme, including:

  • promptly informing the Funding team of any changes to your UK bank account and contact details
  • promptly informing the University of Leeds if you intend to withdraw
  • signing a declaration of understanding that you will be expected to seek a teaching post in England upon completion of your ITT.

How we pay the bursary

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) Bursary is paid over the ten eligible training months (October to July inclusive). Payments will clear on the last Friday in the month, with the exception of the Christmas payment.

All NCTL Bursary payments are processed by BACS (Bankers Automated Clearing System). Therefore, to receive payment you must be registered at the University and have provided your bank details when you register.

The tables below detail the Initial Teacher Training courses which attract a bursary or scholarship,  and the amount you will receive each month with the date it will clear in your bank account.

Please note: Students who receive Bursary awards of more than £15,000 will receive their uplift payments in January (27/01/17) and June (30/06/17).  Please see the Schedule below for further details.

ITT courses and awards:

ITT Courses Eligible For NCTL Bursary or Scholarship with Total Award Amount 2016/17

Eligibility  Scholarship  Trainee with first class or doctoral degree  2:1 or master's degree  2:2  Other degree award
Physics  £30,000  £30,000  £25,000  £25,000  £9,000
Secondary maths  £25,000  £25,000  £25,000  £25,000  £9,000
Chemistry, computing  £25,000  £25,000  £20,000  £20,000  -
Languages  -  £25,000  £25,000  £20,000  -


 -  £20,000  £15,000  £15,000  -
Primary maths  -  £6,000  £6,000  £6,000  £3,000
Geography  -  £15,000  £15,000  £15,000  -
Design and technology  -  £12,000  £9,000  -  -
English, history, RE or music  -  £9,000  £4,000  -  -
Primary  -  £3,000  £3,000  -  -

Bursary and scholarship payment schedule:  

NCTL Bursary and Scholarship Monthly Payment Schedule 2016/17

Payment Date 30.09.16 28.10.16 25.11.16 23.12.16 27.01.17 24.02.17 31.03.17 28.04.17 26.05.17 30.06.17
£3k 300 300 300 300 300 300 300 300 300 300
£4k 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400
£6k 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600
£9k 900 900 900 900 900 900 900 900 900 900
£12k 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200
£15k 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200
+1500 +1500
£20k 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500
+2500 +2500
£25k 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 200 2000 2000
+2500 +2500
£30k 2500 2500 2500 2500 2500 2500 2500 2500 2500 2500
+2500 +2500


Trainee teachers in maths, physics, chemistry and computing with a 2:2 or above are able to apply for a scholarship (£30,000 for physics and £25,000 for maths, chemistry and computing) with the relevant subject association group.   Applicants for the scholarships will be subject to a competitive process.  Trainees who hold the scholarship will not also be eligible for the standard NCTL bursary.

Further information about physics scholarships

Further information about maths scholarships

Further information about computing scholarships

Further information about chemistry scholarships

Withdrawal from the course

If you leave the course you won’t have to repay any of the NCTL Bursary you’ve already received. However, if you withdraw early in a month, you will only be entitled to that month’s Bursary if you are still registered on the date the payment is processed. Money paid incorrectly to a student who has left the course will not be funded by the NCTL and will be reclaimed by the University. Pro-rata payments of your NCTL Bursary will not be made.

If you withdraw it may impact on your tuition fee. As soon as you have notified the School of Education of your intention to withdraw you must contact the Fees Office to discuss your tuition fee liability.

Tax and National Insurance

The Bursary is not taxable, but may be treated as capital income when assessing the income of trainees who receive state benefits. Your local benefits office will be able to offer further guidance