PGCE & PGDE Preparing your Finances

Before starting your PGCE or PGDE it’s important you have your Student Finance sorted.

Applying for Student Finance and bursaries

Once Student Finance opens for applications (this is usually around February time), you will be able to apply here. The process can take some time, so it is important that you do not delay with making your application.

If your funding has not been approved at the time of enrolment evidence of your application will be required, such as a screenshot of your Student Finance application summary page.

If you are self-funding your studies, please contact us on [email protected] before enrolment.

There is no application process for bursaries. Eligible students will be advised during enrolment and asked to provide bank details and National Insurance details to enable payment of the bursary.

More information regarding bursaries can be found on our fees and funding webpage.


Assessment of funding

Once Student Finance have completed your assessment they will send you paperwork confirming your entitlement to funding. You can check on the progress of your application online and will be able to view anything outstanding on your account via your ‘To-Do’ list and also see a copy of your assessment once it is available.

Please ensure that all of your details are correct, including:

  • The university you will be studying at
  • The course you will be studying and year of study
  • The tuition fee for your course.

If any of the above details are incorrect on your Student Finance paperwork please contact [email protected]


Proof of funding

The University receives confirmation of all approved funding from Student Finance.

If your funding has not been approved at the time of enrolment, you must demonstrate to the University that you have made an application by providing evidence such as a screenshot of your Student Finance application summary page or provide your Customer Reference Number for Student Finance. This should be forwarded to [email protected].


When will I receive my funding?

After you have completed enrolment and become a fully registered student your first payment will be released. It can take up to five working days for payment to arrive in your account, or longer, if you applied for funding late. But remember, this will only be paid if your application is approved and all checks have been completed by Student Finance.

If there are any outstanding conditions of your offer when you enrol, you will only be able to part-enrol. Student Finance is only released when you become fully enrolled so you are advised to address all conditions of your offer as soon as possible. If you have any queries around the conditions of your offer please email [email protected]

Your finance checklist:

Please check that you have completed the following:

  • Applied for funding
  • Checked your ‘To Do’ list on your Student Finance online account and completed any outstanding actions
  • Made sure your application details are correct.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about fees and finance, you can contact the Fees, Scholarships and Bursaries Team.

For advice on other money-related matters, including student funding, budgeting and the Student Support Fund, you can contact the Money Advice Team.