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Bursaries and funding

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. You could access a bursary or be awarded a prestigious scholarship – which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train with School Direct (salaried) or Teach First

Your eligibility for financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject in which you train and your degree classification, or highest relevant academic qualification.

 

You'll need a first, 2:1 or 2:2 (or equivalent) to be eligible for a bursary or scholarship. If you don't have this class of degree or equivalent, you can still access tuition fee and maintenance loans to help fund your training and cover tuition fees. An overview of the bursaries or scholarships available to train in different subjects can be found below. For more detailed information on available funding, follow the links below the table.

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

European teachers and student teachers are highly valued for their contribution to our children’s education. We would like to reassure you that there will be no immediate changes in the circumstances of European citizens living, studying or working in the UK. The UK is still a member of the EU and remains bound by EU law until the terms of our exit have been determined. 

 
 Eligibility 2017/2018 1
Scholarships 2Bursaries
Trainee with 1st/PhD2:1/Master’s2:2
Physics£30,000£30,000£25,000£25,000
Maths£27,500£25,000£25,000£25,000
Languages 3£27,500 4£25,000£25,000£25,000
Computing£27,500£25,000£25,000£25,000
Geography £27,500£25,000£25,000£25,000
Chemistry£27,500£25,000£20,000£20,000
Classics -£25,000£25,000£25,000
Biology -£15,000£12,000£10,000
D&T-£12,000£9,000£0
English-£9,000£9,000£0
History, Music, RE -£9,000£4,000£0
Primary Maths 5-£6,000£6,000£6,000
Primary-£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
SubjectMaths
Scholarships 2£27,500
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£25,000
2:1 / Master's£25,000
2:2£25,000
SubjectLanguages 3
Scholarships 2£27,500 4
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£25,000
2:1 / Master's£25,000
2:2£25,000
SubjectComputing
Scholarships 2£27,500
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£25,000
2:1 / Master's£25,000
2:2£25,000
SubjectGeography 
Scholarships 2£27,500
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£25,000
2:1 / Master's£25,000
2:2£25,000
SubjectChemistry 
Scholarships 227,500
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£25,000
2:1 / Master's£20,000
2:2£20,000
SubjectClassics 
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£25,000
2:1 / Master's£25,000
2:2£25,000
SubjectBiology 
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£15,000
2:1 / Master's£12,000
2:2£10,000
SubjectD&T
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£12,000
2:1 / Master's£9,000
2:2£0
SubjectEnglish
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£9,000
2:1 / Master's£9,000
2:2£0
SubjectHistory, Music, RE 
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£9,000
2:1 / Master's£4,000
2:2£0
SubjectPrimary Maths 5
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£6,000
2:1 / Master's£6,000
2:2£6,000
SubjectPrimary
Scholarships 2-
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£3,000
2:1 / Master's£0
2:2£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 are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. Trainees in physics, maths, languages and geography will usually need a 2:1, but can still apply with a 2:2 and significant experience. Trainees in chemistry or computing are able to apply with a 2:2 or above. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. Find out more.
  3. Bursaries are available for trainees in French, German and Spanish. They are also available for other modern, community or ancient languages. The full list of eligible languages can be found on GOV.UK
  4. Languages scholarships are only available if you train to teach French, German or Spanish. 
  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 may be eligible for the standard primary bursary.

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Funding by subject

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How bursaries and scholarships are paid

How you receive payments will depend on the amount of funding you receive. Your training provider will generally inform you of how your payments will be processed, but this short guide should also help as an overview.
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Tuition fee and maintenance loans

Further financial support in the form of maintenance and tuition fee loans is available for all subjects, regardless of your qualifications.
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