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Funding for training to teach chemistry and computing

If you train to teach computing or chemistry, you could be eligible for a tax-free training bursary or prestigious scholarship of up to £25,000 – alternatively you could earn a salary while you train on School Direct (salaried) or with Teach First. 

About bursaries for chemistry and computing

If you are unsuccessful in your application for a scholarship, or cannot or do not apply for one, you can still access a bursary. Bursaries are available as an alternative to scholarships; they are not available as an additional payment.

As a computing or chemistry trainee teacher, the bursaries you’ll be eligible for are as follows:

  • a £25,000 tax-free bursary with a first or PhD
  • a £20,000 tax-free bursary with a 2:1, 2:2 or Master’s degree 

About scholarships

Prestigious scholarships reward the most gifted individuals with free membership of a professional body, networking opportunities and professional development support. If you’re awarded a scholarship, you are guaranteed £25,000 to support you throughout your teacher training year. That’s at least £5,000 more than a bursary if you have a 2:1 or lower.

Computing scholarships

If you have a 2:1 or above, you could be eligible for a tax-free scholarship of £25,000 from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

BCS is looking for outstanding individuals who are passionate about computing and have the potential to become inspirational teachers. Applicants should have a thorough knowledge of school-level computing. As a scholar, you’ll have access to BCS membership and early career mentoring opportunities with schools, universities and major employers. Please visit the BCS website for further information.

Chemistry scholarships

Tax-free, £25,000 scholarships with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) are available to chemistry trainees with a 2:1 or higher.

The RSC is looking for prospective teachers who are passionate about chemistry and have the ability to inspire the next generation of chemists through exceptional teaching. In addition to the funding, RSC scholars will have access to a wide variety of RSC support including membership and networking opportunities. Please visit the RSC website for further information.

Earn a salary while you train

School Direct (salaried)

If you have three or more years of work experience in any field, you could earn a salary over £16,300 nationally and £20,500 in inner London while you train on a School Direct (salaried) programme, rising to between £22,000 and £27,000 straight after you qualify. The cost of your training to achieve QTS is covered by the school – you should enquire with the school before you apply to check salary amounts and whether this also includes a PGCE. 

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. This means you could train in a subject that attracts a top-end bursary. 

Teach First

If you’re a graduate or career changer and have a 2:1 or above, you could also earn a salary while you train with Teach First.

How you will be paid

Bursaries and scholarships 

Bursaries for computing and chemistry will be paid in equal monthly instalments for the duration of the course. These will be enhanced by larger payments in February and July, or in the final month of your course. The payment schedule for scholarships is generally similar to that of bursaries. The schools and universities that lead teacher training make the final decision on trainees’ eligibility for financial support – so it’s worth asking what might be available to you before you apply.  

If you are not eligible for a bursary, you can still access standard student loans and/or grants to help fund your training.

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. Make sure you contact your preferred training provider as they make the final judgement on equivalency. You also need to be eligible for a bursary based on your nationality and residency status. Contact your training provider or Student Finance England to find out if you will be eligible for a bursary and student finance.

School Direct (salaried) programme

If you are accepted on the School Direct (salaried) programme you will be paid a salary by the school you are employed at. Salary arrangements should be discussed with your employing school.

To find out more, you can call us on Freephone 0800 389 2500.

Watch computing teacher Phillip Hall talking about why he got into teaching, and how you can make a difference teaching the subject. Transcript (PDF, 204KB)

The scholarship meant that I could make a mid-career switch without jeopardising my young family's finances.

Richard Johnson, computing and business teacher

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