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Hi,

I was reading another thread earlier and it mentioned how the experience of FE trainees was generally a bit negative and there was some feedback that trainees who were told they would receive bursaries ended up not receiving them.

I can, just about, survive without the bursary I'm eligible for however if I did get that bursary it would just make life so much better!!! I'm eligible for an English bursary, I finished my undergrad with a 2:1 so it's a £4000 bursary.

My Uni contacted me first about this bursary to make me aware of it and to say they think I qualify for it, as I want to be on placement specialising in English. My degree was split as I did a Combined Honours degree but definitely was a 50/50 split. The officer I've been speaking to has emailed me (as I've pestered him with queries about it because I'm a bit anxious!) to say that in the past two years they've actually had some of the funding for this left over, can't remember why, either people didn't qualify/course wasn't full/people didn't realise about it, but basically saying they had leftover bursaries. I've been given the impression not to worry about it as it's highly likely I will get the bursary but it's all firmed up after my placement is offered, and I'm just waiting to hear from placements with potential offers which they told me would be anytime from now through the summer.

Has anyone else had this experience?

I'm leaving my hometown to move to Sheffield to do the PGCE, and I've been planning to do this for a while and have been saving accordingly however I am taking the summer off before I start my course.

Today the course administrator told me it would be late August/early September that I'd get confirmation of the bursary payments.

Really really hope I do get it, eek!
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Hi,

I thought that post-16 PGCE students didn't get a bursary at all, regardless of their subject.

I have a place on a post-16 PGCE and I had planned to teach biology/health courses (I already work in the NHS part time). I was told no bursary. It seems unfair that the post-16 PGCE costs the same as a secondary PGCE, and I would be teaching exactly the same subject, but zero financial help for one and £12K bursary for the other. As a result, I am also looking into secondary.
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(Original post by Jo2103)
Hi,

I thought that post-16 PGCE students didn't get a bursary at all, regardless of their subject.

I have a place on a post-16 PGCE and I had planned to teach biology/health courses (I already work in the NHS part time). I was told no bursary. It seems unfair that the post-16 PGCE costs the same as a secondary PGCE, and I would be teaching exactly the same subject, but zero financial help for one and £12K bursary for the other. As a result, I am also looking into secondary.

Hi,

https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...15-to-2016.pdf

I agree with you. I think the bursaries for a post-16 courses are only for Maths or English specialisms, and perhaps SEN.
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A bursary is different to the loan to cover fees and living expenses right?

I heard that a loan could be applied for for fees and living expenses and the bursary is the thing that's more circumstantial but it still feels hazy doesn't it.
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A bursary is different to the loan to cover fees and living expenses right?

I heard that a loan could be applied for for fees and living expenses and the bursary is the thing that's more circumstantial but it still feels hazy doesn't it.
Yep, bursary is more an incentive or to help you out or if you've achieved something like a particular grade etc.
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(Original post by alexandrajade3)
Yep, bursary is more an incentive or to help you out or if you've achieved something like a particular grade etc.
But everyone can get a loan for fees and living expenses right?
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But everyone can get a loan for fees and living expenses right?
Oh yeah, sorry if I wasn't clear, don't worry, anyone applying for a PGCE will get the tuition fees paid for by a loan and it just depends on your household income how much you get for living expenses
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Oh yeah, sorry if I wasn't clear, don't worry, anyone applying for a PGCE will get the tuition fees paid for by a loan and it just depends on your household income how much you get for living expenses
Phew! Hope you get the bursary!
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