Funding for training to teach physics

If you’re successful in your application to teach physics, you could be eligible for the highest band of training bursaries. These are tax-free and can be as much as £25,000 – the equivalent of a pre-tax and national insurance salary of more than £30,000.

Financial support for trainee physics teachers

If you hold a first-class or upper-second undergraduate degree, a master’s degree or a PhD, you are eligible for funding of £25,000 as a trainee physics teacher. 

If you have a 2:2, you’ll be eligible for a bursary of £15,000. If you have grade B or above in physics at A level and have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject that is lower than a 2:2, you’ll be eligible for a bursary of £9,000.

How you will be paid

If you qualify for a bursary, the payments will be processed automatically by the school(s) or university leading your training. Bursary awards of up to £15,000 will be made in equal monthly instalments for the duration of your course; the organisation leading your training will confirm the exact payment details. 

Bursaries of £15,000 or more will also be paid in equal monthly instalments for the duration of the course, but these will be enhanced by larger payments in February and July, or in the final month of your course. Again, 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 and cover tuition fees. 

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.

About the Institute of Physics scholarships

The final application deadline for IOP scholarships in 2015/16 has now passed. Please visit the IOP website for more information.

Charlotte reflects on the feeling she gets when year 7 students see her lab for the first time. Transcript (PDF, 75KB)

As I had no money worries due to having a bursary, all that mattered was focusing on studies and  becoming an effective teacher. 

Neil Simpkins, physics trainee

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