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Teacher Training

Fees and finance

Fees for 2024/25 entry

UK fees per year:

£9,250 full-time

International fees per year:

£23,700 full-time

Only certain categories of students will be charged the ‘Home’ fee. Generally that is if you’re a UK national or have ‘settled status’ but full information can be found on our student finance pages.

From 2021/22 the eligibility rules for home fee status changed for EU Students. Please refer to the UK Government website to see how this change affects you at Where EU students are not eligible for home fees, they will be required to pay international fees.

EU Students will also no longer be able to access UK Government student loans. This decision has been made by the government as part of the transition process of the UK leaving the EU.

Due to the Common Travel Area arrangement, Irish Nationals living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for home fee status; further information around eligibility is available at the above link.

Please note that the University is unable to undertake fee assessments prior to an application for a place to study being made. If you are unsure which fee category is applicable to you after making an application you may wish to contact us so we can send you a Fee Status Questionnaire to determine your fee status.

Please also note that if you have received an offer and you think your fee status is incorrect you have 28 days, from the date of your offer, to query your status. To query your fee status within the 28 day period please contact us at  stating your full name, Exeter Reference number (or UCAS personal ID), programme for which you have been made an offer and providing details of why you think the fee classification is incorrect.

Home students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan.  Please see Student Finance England for more information about Student Finance for Teacher Training Courses.

EU students please visit the Government website for information on eligibility.

If you have any questions on the maintenance loan/tuition fee loan application process please contact Student Finance England.

A resource you might find useful when considering the tuition fee system is Martin Lewis' Money Saving Expert website (this site is independent of the University of Exeter).

IMPORTANT - When applying through the Student Finance England Application Portal you will be asked to enter details about the course you are applying for.  Please make sure you start this search with ‘Primary’ or ‘Secondary’ depending on your programme and then your pathway/subject to ensure you select a PGCE course rather than an undergraduate one in error.

In addition to the tuition support and student loans, the DfE offers further financial incentives and support to offset the costs of PGCE training for some subjects. Teaching is a prime career choice for high-quality graduates. To encourage the best people to enter the profession,  trainees will need at least a 2:2 to be eligible for a training bursary.

Bursaries are available for Home trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England. Bursary amounts will vary depending on teaching subject and degree class. For further details please see the DfE’s Get into Teaching website.

Bursaries are paid in 10 monthly payments directly into a your bank account by the University from funds provided by the DfE, as long as you have provided your bank account details and have registered.  Payments are usually made on the first Friday of each month, with the first payment date being the first Friday in October.

Further information about teacher training bursaries can be found in section 10 of the University's Finance regulations

Chemistry, Maths, Modern Languages and Physics scholarships offered by independent organisations

For details on the scholarships available for these secondary subjects, please see the relevant websites below:

The University of Exeter offers a PGCE Exeter Bursary to all UK students studying for a PGCE, whose household income is £30,000 or less. (in 2023/24 the bursary amount was £580, the 2024/25 bursary amount will be confirmed shortly). This is to help support those on low incomes with costs associated with their PGCE training year, including travel to placements. There is no separate application procedure for this bursary. Instead, the University of Exeter makes an assessment using the household income information provided by the student's funding body (e.g. Student Finance England). Students must make sure that they and their sponsor(s) have given consent for details of their application to be shared with the University of Exeter. This consent to share is requested during the application for financial support, but can be given at any time throughout the year by contacting their student funding body.

Students who have not applied for financial support, or who have applied but chosen not to be means tested, are unable to be considered for this bursary until they do.

We offer a University of Exeter Class of 2024 Progression Scholarship which equates to a 20% reduction in the PGCE tuition fee for any University of Exeter Summer 2024 finalist graduating from an undergraduate or postgraduate degree awarded by the University of Exeter and progressing onto one of our 2024-25 Primary/Secondary PGCE programmes. This award will be applied automatically to eligible progressing students enrolling for PGCE study in 2024/25. A separate scholarship application is not required. Please apply through the DfE Apply site in the normal way.

We also offer a University of Exeter Alumni Scholarship which equates to a 20% reduction in the PGCE tuition fee for any University of Exeter alumni meeting the criteria listed who registers onto one of our 2024-25 Primary/Secondary PGCE programmes. The scholarship will be applied automatically to eligible applicants enrolling for PGCE study in 2024/25. A separate scholarship application is not required. Please apply through the DfE Apply site in the normal way.


As an international applicant, you’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you: 

  • are an Irish citizen 
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme 
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK 

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you will need to apply for a Student visa. To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider. The University of Exeter is able to provide student visa sponsorship. 

Please note however that for the majority of PGCE teacher training courses, there are no financial support packages such as bursaries or loans available for international students and the international tuition fee for 2024/25 is £23,700. The Global Excellence Scholarships offered by the University of Exeter are not available to international PGCE students.  

In 2024/25 for those training to teach Secondary Physics and Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (French or Spanish) international applicants can in certain circumstances be eligible for UK government bursaries and scholarships although they will still need to pay the £23,700 tuition fee. Please go to the Fees and Financial Support for non-UK trainee teachers webpage on the Get into Teaching website for more details on financial support eligibility for international applicants.  Please note, the International Relocation Payment scheme for MFL and Physics trainee teachers has now been closed by the Department for Education. The scheme remains open for teachers but not trainee teachers.  More information can be found here

Trainees in receipt of a UK Government teacher training bursary are expected to teach in England after they gain Qualified Teacher Status.

We strongly recommend that you check your eligibility for financial support and consider whether you have the funds available to fund the course and support yourself before you apply. 

The University has an International Student Support team who can help – see their Student Visa – Money page for more information. 

The University of Exeter is committed to supporting care leavers to realise their full potential through higher education study. As part of our commitments we will provide financial support for care leavers who are under the age of 25 when they begin studying with us, and who were in local authority care in the UK for a minimum period of three months spanning their 16th birthday (as per the Care Leavers' Act). This support includes a full fee waiver and financial support for accommodation outside university term dates.

If you meet the criteria for extra support as outlined above and would like further information about how to access the fee waiver and additional support please do not hesitate to contact us.

The University, in partnership with its alumni community, has created the Success for All Fund to help you if you are experiencing unexpected financial challenges affecting your ability to study.

You may be facing financial hardship; be struggling to pay for IT or a learning disability assessment; or have bills to pay while waiting for your first grant payment to arrive.

All registered undergraduate and postgraduate University of Exeter students are eligible to apply, irrespective of fee-status. Priority will be given to students undertaking their first degree who are from low income households or without family support. The majority of funds are means-tested and you will be asked to provide evidence in support of your application. Please note, funding will not be given to pay your tuition fees.

Further information on the Success for All Fund and other Student Funding Schemes is available on the Student Finance webpages.

We offer a contribution to some of the travel costs that PGCE trainees may incur as a result of the structure of the training year. PGCE Travel Policy details for the 2024/25 academic year can be found at PGCE Secondary Travel Policy and PGCE Primary Travel Policy.  
Please read the policies carefully to see what they do/don't cover.  If you have any questions about these policies in advance of starting the programme, please contact Info at St Luke's on

We are pleased to offer University of Exeter students graduating in Summer 2024 and progressing direct to our University of Exeter Primary or Secondary PGCE courses, a scholarship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

We are pleased to offer University of Exeter alumni  beginning a University of Exeter Primary or Secondary PGCE course, a scholarship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Awards are available to all home and international University of Exeter alumni who have:

  • Graduated from an undergraduate or postgraduate degree awarded by the University of Exeter
  • Completed an inbound Study Abroad semester/year at the University of Exeter
  • Completed a credit-bearing University of Exeter International Summer School

Find out more.

Current University of Exeter students completing their programme in 2024 and progressing direct to another standalone University of Exeter degree programme are eligible for an equivalent award - see University of Exeter Class of 2024 Progression Scholarship.

The DfE has just announced the launch of the brand new Veterans’ Career Development Fund. The £700,000 grant fund will enhance provision of qualifications, training and skills development to veterans and their families right across the UK.

Under this programme, the Trust will award grants on behalf of the Office for Veterans’ Affairs, to projects that will enable Veterans and their families to enter stable long-term employment, by delivering qualifications and training.

Applications for up to £70,000 are live until 8th Jan 2024.

Find out more on their website, including eligibility & programme guidance.

If you are a veteran and would like a discussion about this or other opportunities for career development or roles at the University of Exeter or other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), contact the Armed Forces Covenant Lead, Roo Haywood Smith, for support and a further conversation: