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Funding for training to teach physics

If you’re successful in your application to teach physics, you could be eligible for a scholarship or tax-free bursary of £30,000 – the largest amount of funding available to trainee teachers. Alternatively, you could choose to earn a salary while you train.

Bursaries

The amount of funding you could get is dependent on your degree class. Trainee physics teachers could be entitled to a tax-free bursary worth:

  • £30,000 with a first-class degree or a PhD
  • £25,000 with a 2:1, 2:2 or Master’s degree
  • £9,000 if you have a degree in a relevant subject that is lower than a 2:2, and have a grade B or above in physics at A level (or equivalent)

Scholarships

If you have at least a 2:1 in physics or a related subject, you could be awarded a scholarship from the Institute of Physics.

If your application for a scholarship is successful, you will be guaranteed £30,000 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 physics 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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