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The 25k bursary is a big help in covering the 9k tuition fees.

But been reading a few horror stories about how difficult a PGCE is...

So I'm now worried that If I fail my PGCE, e.g. half way through the year, does this mean I still have to pay the tuition fees, yet lose out on the bursary payments?
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You pay up to however much of the course you've done. You have to pay termly so if you leave early, you pay up to the term you're on - same as normal university.

Don't worry about whether you'll leave early. I've had a very positive experience throughout my PGCE which I finished in June - I feel people are far more likely to complain about a bad experience than to talk about their good experiences. I did science (a subject where trainees traditionally struggle) and, in a cohort of 28, only one left and that was due to a family illness, not the course. Obviously, I would recommend you talk to people currently teaching and make sure you have a realistic idea of what the year and the job will entail
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You still pay the tuition fees (these are usually through student finance) so you never see the money. i think the payments are broken down into terms, so if you only do a few weeks, you only pay for that term. Again, SFE take care of it.

You won't lose the bursary but they payments will obviously stop if you leave. They we're also weighted if I recall, so something like 2.5k a month and then a "finishing" payment of 4k - something like that.

Just to add to what's been said. You will only really ever hear the horror stories online! The people who have had a positive experince (like me!) only really say so when prompted! Stay positive!!
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(Original post by urblec)
The 25k bursary is a big help in covering the 9k tuition fees.

But been reading a few horror stories about how difficult a PGCE is...

So I'm now worried that If I fail my PGCE, e.g. half way through the year, does this mean I still have to pay the tuition fees, yet lose out on the bursary payments?
Most people take out a fees loan to cover the tuition fee payments, and then if you do drop out, everything is sorted between student finance and the uni.

Do be aware that the fees payment schedule doesn't really match up with the bursary payment schedule, so if you do want to pay fees out of your bursary, you'll usually have to negotiate a payment plan with your uni.
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