How soon will I hear after interview?
We aim to let you know within two weeks of the interview.
If you are offered a place on the course you may need accommodation whilst in Plymouth. The University does have halls and other forms of accommodation for postgraduate students. However, you may prefer to arrange your accommodation in shared housing with other PGCE students.
The benefits of this are:
- you all have similar workloads
- you may be able to share transport to college or school placements
- you are able to talk about your experiences and share knowledge.
Any questions you have regarding accommodation should be directed to our accommodation office. Further information and contact details are available via www.plymouth.ac.uk/accommodation.
What are the costs for placements?
Some costs incurred for transport and living costs in respect of placements can be claimed back. Students will be expected to contribute towards utility bills and food if placed with a family.
Can I organise my own placement?
Yes. We will usually organise your placements in our partner settings, however, you can choose an appropriate setting for specific reasons (if you wish to explore their particular pedagogic approach or they offer forest school for example) but you will have to nominate them for inclusion on our partnership database and they will have to go through usual checks (health and safety, quality etc). If you have specific needs and/or caring responsibilities, you are advised to discuss these with the placements team and your professional tutor at the start of the course and they will be taken into consideration.
Funding and finance
Further information regarding our tuition fees and bursaries, including contact details for our Student Funding Unit, is available via www.plymouth.ac.uk/money. Information about how to apply for government help with paying your fees is available via www.gov.uk/studentfinance.
For the Graduate Entry Mainstream pathway the following funding is available from NCTL:
- grant of £7,000 for course fees – available to all graduates
And for trainees with high academic achievement:
- bursary of £5,000 for graduates with a first class degree
- bursary of £4,000 for graduates with a 2:1 degree
- bursary of £2,000 for graduates with a 2:2 degree
Training providers receive the grant funding on behalf of trainees to cover course fees.
Further information about how to claim your bursary will be provided later in the application cycle. Currently payments are organised by us and are paid to you in ten monthly instalments. The first payment will be around mid October 2016. The stated amounts are subject to change by the NCTL or Department for Education (DfE).
For the Graduate Entry Employment Based pathway the following funding is available from the NCTL:
An incentive from NCTL is available to employers. This covers the training course fees of £7,000. And can also contribute to supply cover for the trainee and other support costs such as salary enhancements up to the value of £7,000.
We receive the funding to cover the course fees. The remaining funding is then transferred to the early years employer on the basis of claims made.
Can my bursary be used to pay fees?
No – your course fees are already covered and so you do not need to use your bursary to pay fees. The bursary is paid to you to cover incidental costs and living expenses you may incur during your training and will be released in ten monthly instalments.
The incentive to employers is available for cover for your time in placements, and for other incidental expenses incurred during the progress of your training.