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 – the equivalent of a pre-tax and national insurance salary of more than £30,000.

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.

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 PhD or first
  • a £20,000 tax-free bursary with a 2:1
  • a £15,000 tax-free bursary with a 2:2

Candidates with a degree below a 2:2 are not eligible for a training bursary.

How you will be paid

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. You should speak to the school(s) or university leading your training to confirm the exact details.

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.

To find out more, you can speak to a Teaching Line adviser 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, 78KB)

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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