Funding for training to teach biology

If you’re interested in training to teach biology, you could be eligible for a tax-free training bursary – or receive a salary while you train.

Bursaries

As a trainee biology teacher, you could be eligible for:

  • a £15,000 training bursary if you have a first or PhD
  • a £12,000 bursary if you have a 2:1 or Master’s degree
  • a £10,000 bursary if you have a 2:2

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.

Additional financial support

With or without a bursary, you can still access tuition fee and maintenance loans to help fund your training and cover tuition fees. 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.

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.

Lancaster

Application workshop Leicester

24 May 2017 17:30

Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.

Leicester

Application workshop London

24 May 2017 17:30

Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.

London

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.