Funding for training to teach chemistry

If you train to teach chemistry, you could be eligible for a tax-free training bursary or a prestigious scholarship. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train. 

Bursaries

As a trainee chemistry teacher, you could be eligible for a £26,000 bursary if you have a first, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD.

Scholarships

Tax-free, £28,000 scholarships with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) are available to chemistry trainees with a 2:2 or higher. 

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. 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. The calculator is for trainees intending to train in 2017/18 – you can still use this to get an estimate of your entitlement for 2018/19. An updated version will be released soon.

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

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.

Teachers’ Student Loan Reimbursement

To encourage chemistry 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 Roehampton

13 January 2018 10:00

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

London

Train to Teach Birmingham

20 January 2018 10:00

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 Crawley

23 January 2018 16:30

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

Crawley

Train to Teach Nottingham Trent University

24 January 2018 12:00

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

Nottingham