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Funding for training to teach chemistry

If you train to teach chemistry, you could be eligible for a tax-free training bursary or prestigious scholarship of up to £25,000 – or even earn a salary while you train. 


As a trainee chemistry teacher, the bursaries you could be eligible for are as follows:

  • a £25,000 tax-free bursary with a first or PhD
  • a £20,000 tax-free bursary with a 2:1, 2:2 or Master’s degree


Tax-free, £25,000 scholarships with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) are available to chemistry trainees with a 2:1 or higher. That’s at least £5,000 more than a bursary if you have a 2:1 or lower.

If your application for a scholarship is unsuccessful, you will still be eligible for a bursary.

Learn more about chemistry scholarships.

Once you know if you'll be receiving a bursary or scholarship, you can find out how and when you will receive your tax-free funding.

Additional financial support

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

Earn a salary while you train

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

School Direct (salaried)

If you have three or more years of work experience in any field, you could earn a salary of over £16,300 nationally and £20,500 in inner London while you train on a School Direct (salaried) programme, rising to between £22,000 and £27,000 straight after you qualify. 

If you are accepted onto the programme you will be paid a salary by the school you are employed by, and your training to achieve QTS is covered by the school – you should check if this includes a PGCE. Salary arrangements should be discussed with your employing school.

Teach First

If you’re a graduate or career changer and have a 2:1 or above, you could train with Teach First and earn a salary as an unqualified teacher – find out more.

Upcoming events

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Support with your summer application

03 August 2016 18:30

Don’t worry – there’s still time to apply to start your teacher training course this September! This online session will provide you with lots of helpful hints and tips on how to make a successful application this August.

University of Warwick CPE Teacher Training Information Evening

10 August 2016 18:00

For an informative evening come to the University of Warwick’s Centre for Professional Education.


University of Warwick – teacher training information evening

10 August 2016 18:00

For an informative evening come to the University of Warwick’s Centre for Professional Education. You will learn about our initial teacher training (ITE) in the early years, primary and secondary sectors to help you decide how to embark on this fun, rewarding and challenging career.


Teach First – career changer drop-in session

16 August 2016 16:00

Meet with a Teach First recruiter to learn more about the Leadership Development Programme.