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Bursaries and funding

Generous teacher training bursaries or scholarships are available in a range of subjects to encourage the best graduates to join the profession. Depending on the subject you want to teach, you could receive up to £30,000 tax-free while you train – or you could earn a salary while you train with School Direct (salaried) or Teach First.

Important information for non-UK EU nationals and EEA citizens following EU referendum result:

If you have secured a place on an initial teacher training (ITT) course starting in September 2016, or are thinking of applying for an ITT course starting this year, please be reassured there is no change to the financial support available to you – further information has been published by Student Finance England.

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.

The table below provides an overview of the bursaries or scholarships available to train in different subjects.

For more detailed information on available funding follow the links below the table.

 
 Eligibility 2016/20171
Scholarships 2Bursaries
Trainee with 1st/PhD2:1/Master’s2:2Other
Physics£30,000£30,000£25,000£25,000£9,000 3
Maths£25,000£25,000£25,000£25,000£9,000 3
Languages 4-£25,000£25,000£20,000£0
Chemistry, computing£25,000£25,000£20,000£20,000£0
Biology-£20,000£15,000£15,000£0
Geography-£15,000£15,000£15,000£0
D&T-£12,000£9,000£0£0
English, history, music, RE -£9,000£4,000£0£0
Primary maths 5-£6,000£6,000£6,000£3,000
Primary-£3,000£3,000£0£0
SubjectPhysics
Scholarships 2£30,000
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£30,000
2:1 / Master’s£25,000
2:2£25,000
Other £9,000 3
SubjectMaths
Scholarships 2£25,000
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£25,000
2:1 / Master's£25,000
2:2£25,000
Other£9,000 3
SubjectLanguages 4
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£25,000
2:1 / Master's£25,000
2:2£20,000
Other£0
SubjectChemistry, computing
Scholarships 2£25,000
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£25,000
2:1 / Master's£20,000
2:2£20,000
Other£0
SubjectBiology
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£20,000
2:1 / Master's£15,000
2:2£15,000
Other£0
SubjectGeography
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£15,000
2:1 / Master's£15,000
2:2£15,000
Other£0
SubjectD&T
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£12,000
2:1 / Master's£9,000
2:2£0
Other£0
SubjectEnglish, history, music, RE 
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£9,000
2:1 / Master's£4,000
2:2£0
Other£0
SubjectPrimary maths 5
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£6,000
2:1 / Master's£6,000
2:2£6,000
Other£3,000
SubjectPrimary
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£3,000
2:1 / Master's£3,000
2:2£0
Other£0
  1. Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider. 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 can also contact your training provider for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.
  2. 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. Trainee teachers in maths and physics may be eligible for a bursary of £9,000 without a 2:2 classification. To qualify for this bursary, the trainee must have a degree in a relevant subject, with at least a B at A level in maths, further maths or physics (or equivalent). Trainees will not be entitled to this bursary if they are also entitled to a higher bursary based on degree class.
  4. Bursaries are available to train to teach modern foreign languages, community languages and ancient languages including Latin and Ancient Greek. Classics courses where the majority of the course is in an ancient language are also eligible, other classics courses are eligible for the history bursary.
  5. Bursaries are available to trainees on either primary maths specialist courses or primary general (with mathematics) courses with at least grade B maths A level or equivalent. Trainees on other primary courses will be eligible for the standard primary bursary.

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