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Hi all,

I have been offered an unconditional place on a FE PGCE Level 6 course. The college have told me that I am eligible for the £15,000 2018/19 English bursary and my course leader applied on my behalf approx 2 weeks ago.

I currently work full-time and plan on leaving my job the week the course starts. I want to give my manager the heads up that I will be leaving but I am worried that I may not receive the bursary as there is limited funding for FE ITT courses and bursaries are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Does anyone know how soon I am likely to hear back about the bursary or has anyone been through the process and can offer any advice?

I have searched for this information online but there is not clear information on when I should expect to hear back.

Very frustrating!
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I did a FE PGCE last year (when it was £5000 so I dipped out there) Your college sends an application to the DFE to apply for the funding and each education provider gets an allocation of bursaries for their cohort of applicants. It took my bursary 8 weeks to get approved. It should be done quicker than this but there were some issues with mine.
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Thanks for the reply. 8 weeks isn't too bad. I spoke with my tutor today and she said if she doesn't hear back by the time she goes on leave on 11th July then she will chase for me. My concern is that due to allocations I may not receive it but I'm also hopeful that we seem to have applied early enough. It's a shame there is no official timescale. Fingers crossed I hear soon!
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My subject is Geography but I’m guessing the system is the same.... I have recently received a letter from my course provider telling me that I am eligible and that they will take my bank details in Sept, for payments to start in Oct.
I haven’t completed any forms so far.
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Are you doing a PGCE for teaching at secondary school? If so, that’s different to FE as the funding is limited for FE teacher training but unlimited for school PGCEs. Thank you though and good luck with your training!
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(Original post by Fea2018)
Hi all,

I have been offered an unconditional place on a FE PGCE Level 6 course. The college have told me that I am eligible for the £15,000 2018/19 English bursary and my course leader applied on my behalf approx 2 weeks ago.

I currently work full-time and plan on leaving my job the week the course starts. I want to give my manager the heads up that I will be leaving but I am worried that I may not receive the bursary as there is limited funding for FE ITT courses and bursaries are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Does anyone know how soon I am likely to hear back about the bursary or has anyone been through the process and can offer any advice?

I have searched for this information online but there is not clear information on when I should expect to hear back.

Very frustrating!
I'm also doing a PGCE in FE for English. Universities do not actually know how much money the DoE will be giving them until later summer, e.g July/August. From what I have found out, the government allocates money for PGCE Maths students first because Mathematics is a more priority subject than English.

If you accepted a teacher training place relatively early like before May/June, I would say you have more of a chance of getting a bursary.
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Thanks for the information. Very helpful and more than I’ve been told so far. I guess I will just have to wait and see then.
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Hi, I too am enrolled on a PGCE course for FE to start in Sept. I plan to specialise in English, however I do not hold an English degree - I did Media Studies at uni.I have an Alevel in English and have been a TA in FE for the past 2 years, so would say I have relevant experience. However, I'm unaware if I'm eligible for a bursary? The Uni have applied on my behalf, but said it can't be promised. If I don't get it I'm entitled to only £30 a week from SFE, so struggling to see how I can actually afford to go back to study?
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(Original post by smell2018)
Hi, I too am enrolled on a PGCE course for FE to start in Sept. I plan to specialise in English, however I do not hold an English degree - I did Media Studies at uni.I have an Alevel in English and have been a TA in FE for the past 2 years, so would say I have relevant experience. However, I'm unaware if I'm eligible for a bursary? The Uni have applied on my behalf, but said it can't be promised. If I don't get it I'm entitled to only £30 a week from SFE, so struggling to see how I can actually afford to go back to study?
On the Department of Education website, all it says is that to be eligible you must have a degree with a 2:1 or first classification and have applied to an English or Mathematics PGCE. As long as you have applied for a English or Maths PGCE and have a 2:1 you will be eligible for the bursary.

Your degree really only matters if you wish to teach English in secondary schools.
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I read the Department for Education bursary guide nd it said:

Bursaries are only for those trainees taking a specialist teaching
qualification for either mathematics or English. Designed to equip trainees
with the knowledge, pedagogy and confidence to teach English,
mathematics and numeracy from basic level through to GCSE and level 3.
Trainees on generic programmes may also be entitled to bursaries if they
follow a specialist pathway through the optional units. The training
provider will need to be confident that the combination of course content,
teaching practice in the subject specialism, and existing qualifications, will
equip the trainee to teach English or mathematics from a basic level
through to GCSE and level 3. It is the training provider’s responsibility to
decide which trainees will benefit from additional specialist training and
teaching practice and to what extent.
2. The bursary level and award is dependent on the subject area in which
the trainee wishes to teach. The subject of the trainee’s academic
qualification is also an important consideration in determining eligibility for
the English and mathematics bursary. It will be for training providers to
make judgements about this, using the following guidelines.
Mathematics
3. To teach mathematics, trainees should ideally have a mathematics
degree; or a joint degree with mathematics; or a degree like physics or
engineering, where the mathematics element is significant. Other degrees
can be considered, subject to the training provider’s judgement that the
applicant has the necessary underpinning knowledge, skills and capacity
to teach mathematics to trainees from basic to GCSE and up to level 3.
English
4. To teach English, trainees should have an English degree, or another
degree with a significant English or linguistics component. Other degrees
can be considered subject to the training provider’s judgement that the
applicant has the necessary underpinning knowledge, skills and capacity
to teach English to trainees from basic to GCSE level and up to level 3.
So as you can imagine I'm just so confused?.
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Where did you read that? The last I read is that it does not matter what subject your degree is in, only which subject you are training to teach. I myself, graduated in law and will be teaching English, so I am entitled to the £15,000 bursary.

From the funding guide:

The training bursary level awarded is dependent on the subject in which a trainee
wishes to teach and the grade of their highest academic qualification – not the subject of
their academic qualification. For instance, a trainee with a first class degree in English will
be eligible for a £26,000 training bursary if they are training to teach physics, and
£15,000 if training to teach English. This does not change the process of selection or
recruitment that the ITT provider would go through, including making judgements about
the relevance of the degree to the subject of training.
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Can anyone advise on the outcome for their bursary application for English FE PGCE? I have been offered unconditional this year and bursary applied for but not sure what I'll get if anything. Would be good to know how you got on in the past? And how long til you heard? many thanks
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