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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. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train. 

Bursaries

The bursaries that are available are determined by the class of your degree:

  • 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, £27,500 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.

Earn a salary while you train

Alternatively, you could earn a salary 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

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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