Cambridge PGCE Bursary
The government has introduced a new and generous system of support for teacher training which makes available bursaries of up to £9000 for most of the subjects offered on the Cambridge PGCE course and bursaries of between £12,000 and £20000 for physics, chemistry, mathematics and modern languages. Further details are available here: www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/funding/training-in-england/postgraduate-funding.aspx
Note also that these awards are in addition to the means-tested government grants and loans for which many students are eligible.
As a result, the Cambridge Bursary Scheme no longer fits the needs of Cambridge PGCE students and is not available for them. However the University is offering a more limited bursary to help with the particular needs of some mature students taking the PGCE course. This bursary is in addition to the other support available. In 2012-13 the maximum bursary award will be £1,000.
Undergraduates at the University may instead be eligible for the standard Cambridge Bursary and should see the Cambridge Bursary Scheme for more details.
I am a UK student, am I eligible?
To be eligible for this Cambridge PGCE Bursary, there are a number of requirements that must be met. If you can answer yes to all of the following four questions, it is likely that you will be eligible for a bursary.
- Will you be studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in 2012-13?
- Is your household income less than £42,600?
- If you are a UK student, have you applied for a maintenance grant from your regional Student Finance body?
- Were you over the age of 21 when you started your first undergraduate course?
'Household income' is a government term. To simplify, it will usually be what your household (your main residence) is paid every year before tax, but certain sums may be subtracted, such as pension payments.
For UK students assessed household income data will be collected from the Student Loans Company, and the bursary will be calculated automatically from it. EU students will need to supply evidence of their household income.