PGCE Fees and Funding (2017-18)

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 £15,755. Overseas students will also pay a college fee.

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

EU applicants should refer to our 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 2017/18 can be found here. PGCE students are also likely to incur additional expected costs for travel to school placements, which is estimated to be around £600 during the course.

UK Government support

UK PGCE students may also be eligible for a maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs – amounts are dependent on household income and if you’re living with your parents. You must apply to your Student Finance office for your area to be financially assessed in order to have your household income taken into account.

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

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

Students who are not eligible for a maintenance loan must ensure that they have enough funding for their living costs at Oxford from other sources, and may be asked to provide information about this before the course commences.

Independent Students

If you’re an independent student, your income and your partner’s income is assessed when you apply to your Student Finance office for your area to be financially assessed. 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 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 specifically available to PGCE students at Oxford in 2017/18:

Degree class
Physics £30,000 £30,000 £25,000 £25,000 £0
Maths £27,500 £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 £0
Geography £27,500 £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 £0
Modern Languages £27,500 £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 £0
Chemistry £27,500 £25,000 £20,000 £20,000 £0
Biology £15,000 £12,000 £10,000 £0
English £9,000 £9,000 £0 £0
History, Religious Education £9,000 £4,000 £0 £0

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.

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

Any enquiries about the Oxford Bursary can be sent to

Page last modified: March 8, 2017