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 £26,000 bursary if you have a first, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD.

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 with School Direct (salaried), Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships or Teach First.

School Direct (salaried) & Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships

You’ll receive a combination of classroom teaching, practical learning and a salary - while you train to become a qualified teacher with School Direct (salaried) or the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship. Find out more

Remember, tax-free bursaries and scholarships are available in some subjects on both school-led and university-led courses. On a School Direct (salaried) or Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship 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 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.

Teachers’ Student Loan Reimbursement

To encourage biology teachers to teach in areas needing great teachers in England, the Teachers’ Student Reimbursement scheme will pay back the student loan repayment you’ve made – find out more

Upcoming events

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Train to Teach University of Birmingham

25 October 2017 15:00

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

Birmingham

Train to Teach York

31 October 2017 16:30

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

York

Train to Teach Edge Hill University

01 November 2017 15:00

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

Liverpool

Train to Teach University of Reading

02 November 2017 16:30

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

Reading