Bursaries and funding

Financial support for trainee teachers has never been better. You could get £30,000 tax-free while you train, either as a bursary or prestigious scholarship – or you could earn a salary of up to £25,000 while you train on a School Direct (salaried) course. Your eligibility for financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject you choose to teach and your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification. If your degree isn’t in the subject you wish to teach, you may be eligible for a funded course to increase your subject knowledge before starting your training. 

Get the rewards you deserve

To encourage the best graduates to enter the profession, financial incentives are offered to trainees intending to train to teach the subjects in the table below. For more detailed information on bursaries and scholarships visit our primary and secondary funding pages. These also include details of the standard loans and grants that are available, along with an explanation of the funding that’s available for undergraduate trainees.

An overview of all funding

Financial incentives for postgraduate non-salaried teacher training courses in 2016/17 by subject:

 Eligibility 2016/20171
Scholarships 2Bursaries
Trainee with 1st/PhD2:1/Master’s2:2Other
Physics£30,000£30,000£25,000£25,000£9,000 3
Maths£25,000£25,000£25,000£25,000£9,000 3
Languages 4-£25,000£25,000£20,000£0
Chemistry, computing£25,000£25,000£20,000£20,000£0
Biology-£20,000£15,000£15,000£0
Geography-£15,000£15,000£15,000£0
D&T-£12,000£9,000£0£0
English, history, music, RE -£9,000£4,000£0£0
Primary maths 5-£6,000£6,000£6,000£3,000
Primary-£3,000£3,000£0£0
SubjectPhysics
Scholarships 2£30,000
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£30,000
2:1 / Master’s£25,000
2:2£25,000
Other £9,000 3
SubjectMaths
Scholarships 2£25,000
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£25,000
2:1 / Master's£25,000
2:2£25,000
Other£9,000 3
SubjectLanguages 4
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£25,000
2:1 / Master's£25,000
2:2£20,000
Other£0
SubjectChemistry, computing
Scholarships 2£25,000
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£25,000
2:1 / Master's£20,000
2:2£20,000
Other£0
SubjectBiology
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£20,000
2:1 / Master's£15,000
2:2£15,000
Other£0
SubjectGeography
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£15,000
2:1 / Master's£15,000
2:2£15,000
Other£0
SubjectD&T
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£12,000
2:1 / Master's£9,000
2:2£0
Other£0
SubjectEnglish, history, music, RE 
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£9,000
2:1 / Master's£4,000
2:2£0
Other£0
SubjectPrimary maths 5
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£6,000
2:1 / Master's£6,000
2:2£6,000
Other£3,000
SubjectPrimary
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£3,000
2:1 / Master's£3,000
2:2£0
Other£0
  • 1. Eligibility 2016/17

    Bursaries and scholarships are available to eligible trainees on qualifying postgraduate teacher training courses in England. If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. You also need to be eligible for a bursary based on your nationality and residency status. Contact your training provider or Student Finance England for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.

  • 2. Scholarships

    Trainees in maths, physics, chemistry and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body.

  • 3. Other

    Trainee teachers in maths and physics may be eligible for a bursary of £9,000 without a 2:2 classification. To qualify for this bursary, the trainee must have a degree in a relevant subject, with at least a B at A level in maths, further maths or physics (or equivalent). Trainees will not be entitled to this bursary if they are also entitled to a higher bursary based on degree class.

  • 4. Languages

    Bursaries are available to train to teach modern foreign languages, community languages and ancient languages including Latin and Ancient Greek. Classics courses where the majority of the course is in an ancient language are also eligible, other classics courses are eligible for the history bursary.

  • 5. Primary maths

    Bursaries are available to trainees on either primary maths specialist courses or primary general (with mathematics) courses with at least grade B maths A level or equivalent. Trainees on other primary courses will be eligible for the standard primary bursary.

You don’t need to apply for a bursary – if you are enrolled on a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria, you will begin receiving payments automatically by your chosen teacher training provider. You will receive more information on the arrangements and how this is distributed prior to the start of your course.

If you are awarded a bursary of up to £12,000 and study full-time:

  • you will receive the bursary in 10 equal monthly instalments from October to July
  • you are advised to confirm the actual payment schedule with your initial teacher training (ITT) provider

If you are awarded a bursary of £15,000 or over, or a scholarship of £25,000 or £30,000, and study full-time:

  • you will receive 10 equal monthly instalments from October to July, but with additional payments in February and July, or in the final month of your course
  • you will need to be on the course on 1 January to receive the first additional payment in February, and will need to complete the course to receive the second additional payment at the end of your course
  • you are advised to confirm the actual payment schedule with your initial teacher training (ITT) provider

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