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Funding for training to teach geography

If you're successful in your application to teach geography, you could be eligible for support from a tax-free training bursary or scholarship of up to £27,500. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train.

Scholarships

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 will be guaranteed £27,500 to support you throughout your teacher training year. If your scholarship application is unsuccessful, you will still be eligible for a bursary. 

Learn more about geography scholarships.

Bursaries

As a trainee geography teacher, you could be eligible for a £25,000 bursary if you have a first, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD.

Once you know if you’ll be receiving a bursary or scholarship, you can find out how and when you will receive your funding on our how you will be paid page.

Additional financial support

With or without a bursary, 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 while you train 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

You could also earn a salary while you train with Teach First, if you have a 2:1 or above.

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21 January 2017 10:00

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24 January 2017 16:30

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28 January 2017 10:00

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02 February 2017 16:30

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