Funding for training to teach geography
If you're successful in your application to teach geography, you could be eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship of up to £17,000. There are three types of funding available if you’re on a non-salaried teacher training course. Depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three. Alternatively, you could choose to earn a salary while you train.
1. Tax-free bursaries or scholarships
As a trainee geography teacher, you could be eligible for a £15,000 bursary if you have a first, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD.
If you have at least a 2:1, you could be awarded a scholarship from the Royal Geographical Society with IBG. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience.
If your application for a scholarship is successful, you'll be guaranteed £17,000 to support you throughout your teacher training year. If your scholarship application is unsuccessful, you'll still be eligible for a bursary.
Once you know if you’ll be receiving a bursary or scholarship, you can find out how and when you'll receive your tax-free funding.
2. Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan
With or without a bursary or scholarship, you can also access a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees and a Maintenance Loan for your living costs. The available loans are:
- a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,250 to cover your fees
- a Maintenance Loan of up to £12,010 to support your living costs
3. Additional financial support
If you have children or a disability, extra funding is available. For instance, you could get:
- 85% of childcare costs up to £174.22 a week (1 child) or up to £298.69 a week (2 or more children) Childcare Grant
- up to £1,766 per year Parents’ Learning Allowance
- Child Tax Credits
- Disabled Students’ Allowance
- up to £3,094 per year Adult Dependants' Grant
Find out more information on the extra financial support available.
Earn a salary while you train
Alternatively, you could earn a salary with School Direct (salaried), Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships or Teach First.
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