Funding for training to teach physics

If you’re successful in your application to teach physics, you could be eligible for a scholarship or bursary. Alternatively, you could choose to earn a salary while you train.


As a physics trainee, you could be eligible for a £26,000 bursary if you have a first, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD.


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 (IOP). 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 £28,000 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. 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. The calculator is for trainees intending to train in 2017/18 – you can still use this to get an estimate of your entitlement for 2018/19. An updated version will be released soon.

Earn a salary while you train

Alternatively, you could earn a salary with School Direct (salaried), Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships or Teach First.

School Direct (salaried) & Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships

You’ll receive a combination of classroom teaching, practical learning and a salary - while you train to become a qualified teacher with School Direct (salaried) or the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship. Find out more

Remember, tax-free bursaries and scholarships are available in some subjects on both school-led and university-led courses. On a School Direct (salaried) or Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship 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 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.

Teachers’ Student Loan Reimbursement

To encourage physics teachers to teach in areas needing great teachers in England, the Teachers’ Student Reimbursement scheme will pay back the student loan repayment you’ve made – find out more


Upcoming events

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Train to Teach Manchester

25 November 2017 10:00

This event in Manchester will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Train to Teach Sunderland

28 November 2017 16:30

This event in Sunderland will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Train to Teach University of Hull

29 November 2017 16:00

This event in Hull will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Professional skills tests

27 November 2017 18:30

Join this online event for advice on the professional skills tests you need to pass before starting your teacher training.