PGCE Fees and Funding (2018-19)

Tuition Fees and Support

The standard tuition fee for UK and EU students studying for a PGCE at Oxford is £9,250. The University Tuition fee for overseas students will be £16,230. Overseas students will also pay a college fee.

UK and EU students may be eligible to take out a tuition fee loan from the UK government for the full amount of tuition fees, and will thus not pay any fees upfront. Contact the Student Finance office for your area to find out more details.

EU applicants should refer to The University of Oxford’s dedicated webpage for details on the impact of the result of the UK referendum on its membership of the European Union.

Living Costs and Support

The University’s estimate for living costs in 2018/19 can be found here. PGCE students are also likely to incur additional expected costs for travel to school placements, which is estimated to be approximately £600 for the duration of the course.

UK Government support

UK PGCE students may also be eligible for a maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs. The amounts of any such loan are dependent upon household income and if you’re living with your parents. To be financially assessed you must apply to the Student Finance office for your area.

EU nationals must have been resident in the UK for at least five years in order to apply for a maintenance loan.

Students who are not eligible for a maintenance loan must ensure that they have sufficient funds available for their living costs. You may be asked to provide evidence of this before the PGCE course commences.

Full details on the government support available can be found on the Get into Teaching website.

Independent Students

If you’re an independent student your income and your partner’s income is considered when you apply for financial assessment at the Student Finance office for your area. You are classed as an independent student if:

  • you are 25 or older
  • you have a child
  • you have no living parents
  • you are or have been married or in a civil partnership
  • you have supported yourself for three years
  • you are estranged from your parents

Government Teacher Training Bursaries

Government teacher training bursaries are available for UK and EU PGCE students who are studying in England. Bursary amounts vary depending on the subject you are training to teach and the class of undergraduate degree you have.

Full details of the scheme can be found on the Department for Education website.


Students in physics, maths, geography, languages or chemistry with a 2:1 or above can apply for a Scholarship. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. You will also need to have a passion for your subject, an outstanding knowledge of your subject at school-level and the potential to become an inspirational teacher.

Find out more on the dedicated scholarship pages:

  • Physics: Institute of Physics scholarships
  • Maths: Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships
  • Geography:Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
  • Chemistry: Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Languages:British Council in partnership with language associations

A scholarship award will replace the trainee’s standard government teacher training bursary, but trainees who are not awarded a scholarship will continue to be eligible for a standard teacher training bursary.

The following table shows the levels of training bursaries and scholarships available to PGCE students in 2018/19:

Degree class Scholarships First/PhD 2:1/Masters 2:2
Chemistry £28,000 £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Geography £28,000 £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Modern Languages £28,000 £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Physics £28,000 £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
Maths* £22,000 £20,000 £20,000 £20,000
Biology £26,000 £26,000 £26,000
English £15,000 £15,000 £15,000
History £9,000 £4,000 £0
Religious Education £9,000 £4,000 £0

*Please note that trainees in secondary maths could receive £30k or £32k in total – £20k as a tax-free bursary or £22k scholarship with additional payments of £10k after tax once in teaching. You’ll need to have completed a non-salaried teacher training course and received a bursary or scholarship in the academic year 2018/19. You’ll receive two additional early career payments of £5k each in your third and fifth year of teaching – enhancements to these payments are available if you teach in specified areas in England. You must have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing your teacher training course. Please see here for the full terms and conditions.

Oxford support

PGCE students whose full entitlement to government maintenance support (including a maintenance loan, and government teacher training bursary or affiliated scholarships) amounts to less than £9,000 are eligible to be assessed for an Oxford Bursary based on their household income, on the same basis as undergraduates.Any enquiries about the Oxford Bursary can be sent to

Household income
£16,000 or less £3,700
£16,001 – £20,000 £2,700
£20,001 – £22,500 £2,500
£22,501 – £25,000 £2,200
£25,001 – £27,500 £1,700
£27,501 – £30,000 £1,400
£30,001 – £32,500 £1,100
£32,501 – £35,000 £1,000
£35,001 – £37,500 £800
£37,501 – £40,000 £600
£40,001 – £42,875 £200
£42,875 + £0

Page last modified: October 17, 2017