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Frequently asked questions about funding.
Tuition fees for 2021 are £9,250 for the PGCE and £9,000 for QTS only.
School Direct (salaried) trainees will have their QTS tuition fees paid by their employing school. The PGCE fee of £1050 may be funded by the school or by the trainee. This is discretionary for the trainee and school to negotiate.
All other trainees will need to fund their own tuition fees – this can either be done privately (in three termly instalments, further details available from the Partnership if required) or by applying for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company.
Your tuition fees will be paid automatically to the Partnership by the SLC and you will pay them back, according to a pre-determined schedule, once you are employed and earning over the minimum salary threshold.
Loans should be applied for as soon as you have accepted your UCAS offer.
Depending on your personal financial circumstances, you may also be eligible for a maintenance loan to contribute towards your costs of living. This is means-tested and will be completely individualised to each applicant. This is paid termly, at the start of each term, by the Student Loans Company.
There are further avenues of funding available, such as Childcare Grants, Parents’ Learning Allowances or Disabled Students’ Allowances. For a full list of the grants and loans available, eligibility criteria and an online finance calculator, click here for more information.
Regretfully the Government no longer support bursaries for Primary Teacher Training.
Tuition-fee students will be required to pay for their own DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, currently £65, which allows you to work and train across the whole range of our Partnership and Associate schools. These will be initiated by the Partnership for those students to whom we make conditional offers.
School Direct (salaried) students will have their DBS checks paid for by their employing schools.