Just out of interest, what will everyone else be doing for money in their PGCE year? I have a grant/loan combo from the student finance company of just under £6500. I've divided this into 12 (September 2011-August 2012 inclusive) which is just under £550 a month. I then get around £350 a month whilst I'm in education (September-June inclusive) from my late father's pension scheme. Do other people have alternative means of funding?