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Financial Support for Full-time ITT Students 2018-19

The following information details the package of financial support available to Initial Teacher Training students in 2018-19.

Financial Support for Full-time PGCE Students who are not employed by a School


Support for tuition fees

The University will charge full-time UK (Home) students and EU students studying for a PGCE qualification tuition fees of £9,250 for the 2018-19 academic year. Home and EU students can apply to the Student Loans Company online at for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of the fees.

The fee loan will not have to be repaid until after you have finished your course, you are working and you are earning more than £25,725 a year.

Government Training Bursaries for Home/EU Students

In 2018-19 the Government will offer a system of financial incentives for trainees with good degrees in shortage subjects. Training bursaries will be available for PGCE students who are not already employed as a teacher. Bursary amounts will vary depending on teaching subject and degree class.

Applicants who have firmly accepted their offer and who have been identified as potentially eligible for a training bursary will be contacted by email for further information. This will be done automatically by the University, you do not need to contact us.

The table below summarises the standard training bursaries available in 2018-19:

ITT subjects Scholarships [1]
Trainees with 1st/PhD 2:1/Master’s 2:2
Physics £28,000 £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Secondary Maths [2]
£22,000 £20,000 £20,000 £20,000
Computing £28,000 £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Languages £28,000 £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Geography £28,000 £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Chemistry £28,000 £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Classics - £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Biology - £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Design and Technology - £12,000 £9,000 -
English - £15,000 £15,000 £15,000
History, RE or Music - £9,000 £4,000 -
Primary Maths Specialism [3] - £6,000 £6,000 £6,000

[1] Trainees in Secondary Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Geography and Languages with a 2:2 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body.

[2] Secondary Maths trainees will be eligible for two additional early-career payments of £5,000 each (£7,500 if teaching in specified areas of England) in their third and fifth year of teaching if they have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing their ITT course.

[3] Trainee teachers on qualifying Primary Mathematics courses, with at least a B at A-level in Mathematics (or equivalent) may be eligible for a bursary of £6,000 if they hold a 2:2 or above. Trainees who are not eligible for the Primary Maths bursary will not be eligible for a training bursary.

For further details, you can download the list of bursaries available by course (PDF Document)

Payment of ITT Training Bursaries/ Scholarships

Bursaries will be paid in equal monthly instalments over the duration of the course:

Bursary award Value of monthly instalments (5 October 2018 to 5 July 2019)
£4,000 £400
£6,000 £600
£9,000 £900
£12,000 £1,200
£15,000 £1,500
£20,000 £2,000
£22,000 £2,200
£26,000 £2,600
£28,000 £2,800

To receive the monthly bursary or scholarship instalments students must remain fully registered on the PGCE programme. Bursary payments will commence on 5 October 2018.

See our summary document of the terms and conditions set by the Department for Education.

For more information about the ITT Training Bursary, please see the Department for Education guide 2018/19.

Student Maintenance Loans

This table shows the amount of student maintenance loan you might qualify for based on your household income. The figures here apply to students who will live away from home, or in their own home, during their studies. Additional non-repayable help may be available if you have a child/ children, an adult dependant or a disability.

Income (£) Students living away from parental home and outside of London (£)
25,000 and below 8,700
30,000 8,076
35,000 7,452
40,000 6,828
45,000 6,204
50,000 5,579
55,000 4,955
60,000 4,331
62,187 and above 4,054

You will need to provide details of your household income if you want to apply for the full Maintenance Loan or grants for dependants. Your household income is made up of your income plus that of the people who live with you; your parent/s, your parent and their partner or your partner. In certain circumstances you might be considered to be an independent student, for example:

  • You are aged 25 or over
  • You have been in the care of your local authority
  • You are permanently estranged from your parents
  • You have supported yourself financially for at least three years

Students who are in principle entitled to means-tested benefits, such as those with qualifying disabilities, lone parents and full-time student couples with children, may be eligible for a higher rate of maintenance loan.

EU students are generally not eligible for government maintenance support.

For further details of the government financial support available and details of how to apply please see the website:


University of Warwick Undergraduate Scholarships and Bursaries

PGCE students are not eligible for the Warwick Undergraduate Scholarships and Bursaries Programme (Warwick USB).


Supplementary Grants

PGCE students, who meet the eligibility criteria, can also apply for supplementary grants, such as the Childcare Grant, Parents Learning Allowance, Adult Dependants’ Grant and Disabled Students’ Allowances. You will need to contact the Student Loans Company to establish your individual entitlement. Students with dependent children may be eligible to apply for Child Tax Credits from HM Revenue and Customs.

Access to Learning Funds

Access to Learning Funds are intended to provide selective help to students who have serious financial difficulties. Home PGCE students experiencing severe and demonstrable financial hardship can apply for an Access to Learning Fund award to help with course related or day-to-day living costs, such as the costs of accommodation, childcare, transport, disability needs and various course related expenses. Grants from the Access to Learning Fund are non-repayable, but you should first have taken out your full entitlement of Maintenance Loan and Tuition Fee Loan.

Further information about the Access to Learning Fund can be found on the University’s website Application forms for the fund can be downloaded from the website, or obtained from the Student Funding Office, Senate House, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL or by emailing studentfunding at warwick dot ac dot uk. Applications cannot be processed until you are fully enrolled on your course.

Repaying student loans

For details on how your student loan repayments are calculated, please see the Student Loans Company repayment page.


Financial Support for School Direct (Tuition Fee) Students


Students on the School Direct programme who do not receive a salary from their school will be eligible for the same level of tuition fees and the same package of financial support as detailed above.


 Financial Support for School Direct (Salaried) Students


Tuition fees for the 2018-19 academic year for students following the School Direct (Salaried) route will be £2,000. Students studying on this route will be employed by their school and will not be entitled to a tuition fee loan, maintenance loan or supplementary grants.

School Direct (Salaried) students will not be eligible to receive a training bursary, University bursary or Access to Learning Funds.

Financial Support for Early Years ITT students (University Led Programme)

Please see the Early Years ITT page for further information.

For further information about Initial Teacher Training courses, please contact the Centre for Teacher Education on 024 7652 3801 or complete the online form.

For further information about financial support for your Initial Teacher Training course, please contact Helen Cherrington on 024 7657 5327 or email ittbursary at warwick dot ac dot uk.