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Doing a PGCE (Primary) after a BA

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SQUIRRELKISSES Mon 08-May-17 13:50:35

I'm partway through my undergraduate degree and have decided I want to train as a primary school teacher when I graduate. I now have hundreds of questions buzzing in my head, so I'd really appreciate any knowledge/advice anyone could offer.

The main thing I'm worried about is funding... I think I've gathered I'll only get a bursary (£3,000) for primary teaching if I graduate with a first. Fine.

I'm confused by tuition fees/loan situation, however. I've read that PGCEs are treated as undergraduate degrees WRT student finance, so I'll still be eligible for tuition fee loans/maintenance loan? Is this info correct, and up to date?

Sorry if I sound horribly ignorant about all of this. I'm just trying to work out whether my plans are financially viable, before I start seriously planning and looking forward to it all...

If all goes to plan, I will hopefully be starting the PCGE in Sept 2018, by the way.

TIA

eatyourveg Mon 08-May-17 14:01:22

This from student finance England (could be different rules if you are in another part of the UK,) says you are eligible for a loan if you have an undergraduate degree but are enrolling on an initial teacher training programme. I assume but could well be wrong that means something that give you qts which the pgce would.

SQUIRRELKISSES Mon 08-May-17 15:16:05

Thanks for your reply, veg. I'll have a good read of that link you sent.

scaryteacher Fri 12-May-17 10:39:35

Worth checking if your subject speciality is a shortage category. My tuition fees were covered and I got a bursary when I did my PGCE secondary in 2000/01.

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