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.
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), 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.
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.
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