Initial Teacher Training

There’s financial help available if you’re studying to become a teacher. The type of help you can get will depend on the teacher training route you choose.

Help for undergraduate and postgraduate students

Postgraduate routes to qualifying as a teacher include:

  • studying full-time or part-time for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or Professional Certificate of Education
  • taking a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) course (these often lead to a PGCE qualification)

If you’re doing a full-time undergraduate course of Initial Teacher Training (ITT), you can apply for tuition fee loans and financial support if you're a parent or have a disability on the same terms as other full-time students doing a first higher education course.

Part-time and postgraduate students can’t usually apply for the full finance package aimed at full-time students. But you’ll qualify for elements of it for a course of ITT, whether you’re doing it full-time or part time, or as an undergraduate or postgraduate.

If you're a Northern Ireland student on a postgraduate Initial Teacher Training  course, studying in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for funding from Student Finance NI.

If you plan to study a postgraduate Initial Teacher Training course (such as a PGCE) in England, Scotland or Wales, contact the relevant jurisdiction to ask if there are any available bursaries or scholarships in addition to any Student Finance NI funding.

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