Bishop Grosseteste to charge £9k PGCE fees

Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln (BG) will charge £9,000 for its Post/Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from 2012.

The announcement comes after the university decided to charge £7,500 for all its undergraduate courses, stating it would review PGCE schemes later in the year.

The sum was also decided once the government announced that teacher training would be funded through the new fee system, like other courses.

For every student, at present, BG receives £9,000 in government grants for each PGCE student. BG will no longer receive this funding in 2012.

The PGCE is a year-long course which qualifies postgraduates to work as teachers, and BG’s is continually rated outstanding by governing body Ofsted.

BG Principal Muriel Robinson said: “We have applied the same principle of fairness to our PGCE fees as we have to our other fees.

“The fee of £9,000 reflects what it costs us to deliver the programme.

“I hope that the government will soon announce their decision about training bursaries – it is hard for students who may be considering a teaching career that they have to make their decision without knowing what funding will be available.”

Students will be able to claim loans which will cover the cost of the new fee system. However, the government is yet to announce any decisions on bursaries.

Source: Bishop Grosseteste