Full-time pre-service CertEd/PGCE (Lifelong Learning)

The situation for financial assistance for 2012/13 continues to be under review. Please keep checking this information during the year for updates. This information is accurate as at October 2011.

You may be eligible for:

  • A loan to pay your tuition fees.
  • A means-tested maintenance grant.
  • A government training bursary.
  • A maintenance loan to help with living costs.

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Tuition fees

  • The tuition fee is £7,950 for the one-year course in 2012/13.
  • You don’t have to pay it while you study. It will only be repayable when you have left the course and earn over £21,000 a year.
  • You apply for the tuition fee loan as part of your application to Student Finance England for loans and grants.
  • When you enrol we will ask you who is paying the fee and whether you have asked for a loan. If you have not asked for the full amount, we will send you an invoice for the fees and will require payment in full during the relevant academic year.
  • The Student Loan Company will pay your fees direct to the University.

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Means-tested maintenance grant

  • The government may also give you a non-repayable grant depending upon the level of your household income.
  • You may receive up to £3,250, which will be means-tested based on your household income as part of your application.
  • Student FinanceEnglandwill confirm the amount you are due.
  • The amount will be paid directly into your bank account via the Student Loan Company, in three instalments over the academic year.

Family income per year

Amount of grant you will receive

Up to £25,000


Between £25,000 and £42,600

Partial grant

Over £42,601

No grant

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Government training bursary

The government announced in March 2012 that a number of bursaries will be available to pre and in-service students starting courses in 2012. These consist of a number of £1,000 bursaries available for in-service and pre-service trainees seeking to follow a route accredited by a higher education institution; and applicants seeking to teach basic maths and English and following an HEI-accredited route may apply for £1,500 bursaries.

Further Education and Skills Initial Teacher Training Fee Awards 2012/13

  • We have now received confirmation of funding information for students starting courses in 2012/13.
  • The scheme is being run by the  [Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) on behalf of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).
  • The Awards will be made to organisations delivering teacher training to those training as teachers in the further education and skills sector; providing a contribution to the costs of the training.
  • The ITT Fee Awards offer £1,500 towards the fees of those training to teach basic maths/numeracy and English/literacy (including functional skills) in the further education and skills sector, and £1,000 towards those training to teach other subjects.
  • Guidance for prospective students can be found on the LSIS information page where there is a link to a comprehensive guide. There is also advice available from LSIS. Fee awards can be applied for on the LSIS website.

Even if you may not be eligible for, or not receive a bursary, you should not dismiss taking up a place on the course as in the past some students have been offered part-time teaching work during the course which has helped their financial situation. If bursaries are available, those receiving them are not allowed to take any paid work during the course. If you are interested in teaching in the Lifelong Learning sector as a career the course is highly regarded and awards you the professional teaching qualification.

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Maintenance loan

  • You can also apply for a loan to help with your living expenses. When you apply you will be able to state how much you want to borrow.
  • You apply as part of the application for a loan for payment of your fees and the government grant.

Student studying for a full academic year

Maximum available

Living at home


Living away from home, outside London


  • The amount you can borrow is means-tested and will vary depending on your household income.
  • If you are due to receive a maintenance loan, this will be paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term by the Student Loan Company.
  • Further information may be found at the Directgov website.

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