English PGCE Funding

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    Hi everyone!

    I am currently applying for an undergraduate degree in English Literature. However, where I am from a low income family, I have to look a bit farther ahead. I want to undertake a PGCE in English Literature after university, providing the degree goes well. However, I am not sure how the funding works.

    Is it like an undergraduate degree where I have somewhere to stay, and help paying for rent and maintenance?

    Do my tuition fees get paid for, and if not how much do I need to fund myself?

    Do I get paid for working within a school and use this money to live outside of the university, with a bursary to help or something?

    I have been reading that there isn't much funding available for PGCES, and you have to fund them yourself. The thing is, I'll be a student fresh out of uni with a limited amount of savings! It's just very complicated.

    I want to get part time work while at university. I did have a job at a bakery this year while completing my final year of sixth form, but I struggled with the cash register and giving change, so my strengths were not in that sector and I ended up having to leave. I am willing to work though, and volunteer at Oxfam Book shop where the touch screen till is easier, and where I can organise and be around books - a strength of mine. Do universities help you find a part time job during your undergraduate degree that meets your skills?

    Many thanks!
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    Hi,

    I've popped you down some answers in red

    Is it like an undergraduate degree where I have somewhere to stay, and help paying for rent and maintenance? Unless you are living at home then you will need to find accommodation and pay your share of bills etc.

    Do my tuition fees get paid for, and if not how much do I need to fund myself? There are lots of different routes to explore with PGCE funding. The UCAS website is worth checking out. You can also chat to our advisors in the Student Finance forum

    Do I get paid for working within a school and use this money to live outside of the university, with a bursary to help or something? Some PGCEs are based within schools and do pay students however you will need to speak to your individual provider to see what options they have available.

    Do universities help you find a part time job during your undergraduate degree that meets your skills? There should be a careers team onsite to help you...or at least a uni job board. Depending on what route you go down with your PGCE you may or may not have time for a part time job. If you do have time and need further help you could speak to a recruitment agency in your local area.
 
 
 
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