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Funding for training to teach arts

If you have a passion for the arts and would like to train to teach music, art or drama, there are a number of funding options available to you. Alternatively, you could choose to train on a salaried course.

Music

If you have a degree and want to train to teach music, you could be eligible for:

  • a tax-free bursary of £9,000 with a first or PhD
  • a tax-free bursary of £4,000 with a 2:1 or Master’s degree

Once you know if you’ll be receiving a bursary, you can find out how and when you will receive your funding on our how you will be paid page.

If you're not eligible for a bursary, you can still access tuition fee and maintenance loans to help fund your training and cover tuition fees.

Art and drama

If your subject isn’t eligible for a bursary – don’t worry. You can still take advantage of a number of other funding options.

Tuition fee and maintenance loans are available to help fund your training, covering tuition fees and living costs. Some providers may also offer additional financial help – for example, with expenses such as travel costs. Contact your training provider before you apply to find out if any extra help is available.

Additional financial support

You can use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available, for instance Parents’ Learning Allowance, Childcare Grants or Child Tax Credits.

Earn a salary while you train

Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train with School Direct (salaried) or Teach First.

School Direct (salaried)

School Direct (salaried) is a route that’s suitable if you are already working at a school, or have work experience that you can demonstrate transfers to teaching.

Trainees on the salaried programme are recruited and employed directly by schools, and often continue teaching in their school following training. The amount you earn will be dependent on the school you train in and the subject you’re teaching. 

Remember, tax-free bursaries and scholarships are available in some subjects on both school-led and university-led courses. On a School Direct (salaried) course, you’ll be paid and taxed as an unqualified teacher, so you should compare the bursary rate for your chosen subject with the salary on offer via School Direct (salaried) to work out which route would be best for your circumstances.   

Teach First

You could also earn a salary while you train with Teach First, if you have a 2:1 or above.

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Train to Teach Belfast

21 January 2017 10:00

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

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24 January 2017 16:30

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28 January 2017 10:00

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Train to Teach Nottingham

02 February 2017 16:30

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