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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. 

Bursaries

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

Scholarships

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)

You could earn a salary by training on a School Direct (salaried) programme. If you’re already working at or have an existing relationship with a school and want to take the next step, then you may want to consider this route.

Trainees on the salaried programme are recruited and employed directly by schools, and often continue teaching in their school following training.

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.

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