Funding for undergraduate teacher training

As with any undergraduate degree, you’ll need to pay tuition fees when you study for a degree with qualified teacher status (QTS). However, there’s a range of financial support available to help you along the way.

Student loans

Home students on a full-time undergraduate teacher training course can apply for the same student loans for tuition fees and maintenance as other students on their first higher education course. Find out more about undergraduate student loans and how to apply.

Maths and physics undergraduates

A new £9,000 bursary is available to undergraduate trainees on secondary maths and physics courses that start in 2016/17, or started in 2015/16, and lead to qualified teacher status (QTS). This is payable in equal monthly instalments during the final year of the course.

Trainees can also access a £9,000 bursary on an opt-in secondary undergraduate mathematics and physics course that leads to QTS. In this instance, the bursary is payable in the year in which the QTS element of the course takes place.

For both of these courses, trainees taking a four-year undergraduate route that leads to the award of QTS in addition to a Master’s degree receive a £9,000 bursary in both the third and fourth years of their course. You can contact your preferred training provider to find out more about any of these options.

Alternatively, a grant of £15,000 and extra training is available to maths or physics undergraduates training with Future Teaching Scholars – find out more.


Tuition fees and any financial support you receive while training to teach depend on your status as a home, European Economic Area (EEA) or overseas student. Home and EEA students can find out more at the GOV.UK website, while overseas students can visit the UKCISA website.

Upcoming events

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Train to Teach University of Cumbria

22 June 2017 15:00

This event in Lancaster will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Preparing for your teacher training

05 June 2017 18:30

Have you accepted a teacher training place for September 2017? Join us to find out how you can prepare for the best possible start.

Advice for First and Second Year Undergraduates

12 June 2017 18:30

This online event is for first and second year university students interested in teaching. Find out what you can do now that will help you make a great application for teacher training.

Support with your application

19 June 2017 18:30

This online event will provide hints and tips on how to draft a great personal statement.