Bursaries and funding

Financial support for trainee teachers has never been better. You could get £25,000 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 you don’t have a degree in the subject you wish to teach, free courses are available to increase your subject knowledge prior to teacher 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 2015/16 by subject:

 Eligibility 2015/20161
Scholarships 2Bursaries
Trainee with 1st/PhD2:1/Master’s2:2Other 3
Physics£25,000£25,000£25,000£15,000£9,000
Maths£25,000£25,000£20,000£15,000£9,000
Chemistry, computing£25,000£25,000£20,000£15,000£0
Languages 4-£25,000£20,000£15,000£0
Biology-£15,000£12,000£10,000£0
Primary maths 5-£12,000£12,000£12,000£9,000
Geography, D&T-£12,000£9,000£4,000£0
Music-£9,000£4,000£4,000£0
English, history, RE, primary-£9,000£4,000£0£0
SubjectPhysics
Scholarships 2£25,000
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£25,000
2:1 / Master’s£25,000
2:2£15,000
Other 3£9,000
SubjectMaths
Scholarships 2£25,000
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£25,000
2:1 / Master's£20,000
2:2£15,000
Other 3£9,000
SubjectChemistry, computing
Scholarships 2£25,000
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£25,000
2:1 / Master's£20,000
2:2£15,000
Other 3£0
SubjectLanguages 4
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£25,000
2:1 / Master's£20,000
2:2£15,000
Other 3£0
SubjectBiology
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£15,000
2:1 / Master's£12,000
2:2£10,000
Other 3£0
SubjectPrimary maths 5
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£12,000
2:1 / Master's£12,000
2:2£12,000
Other 3£9,000
SubjectGeography, D&T
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£12,000
2:1 / Master's£9,000
2:2£4,000
Other 3£0
SubjectMusic
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£9,000
2:1 / Master's£4,000
2:2£4,000
Other 3£0
SubjectEnglish, history, RE, primary
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£9,000
2:1 / Master's£4,000
2:2£0
Other 3£0
  • 1. Eligibility 2015/16

    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, and on primary maths courses, with a degree and at least a B at A level in maths or physics (or equivalent) will be eligible for a bursary of £9,000. 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.

  • 5. Primary maths

    Bursaries are available to trainees with a B or better at maths A level or equivalent. Trainees without a B or higher at maths A level, or 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, 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 at 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

If you complete a part-time or modular course the payment schedule can be found on pages 31-32 of the initial teacher training bursary guide.

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