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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.


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)


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)

If you have three or more years of work experience in any field, the School Direct (salaried) programme is available for you. This year a number of schools are offering an enhanced salary of more than £21,000 nationally and £25,000 in inner London to trainees in physics.

If you are accepted onto the programme you will be paid a salary by the school you are employed by, and your training to achieve QTS is covered by the school – you should check if this includes a PGCE. Salary arrangements should be discussed with your employing school.

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.


Upcoming events

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Teach First – career changer drop-in session

30 August 2016 12:00

Meet with a Teach First recruiter to learn more about the Leadership Development Programme.


Keele and North Staffordshire Primary SCITT open evening

01 September 2016 16:30

Meet with our SCITT team and find out more about our PGCE with QTS and assessment only programmes.

Newcastle Under Lyme

Teach First: Apply First

01 September 2016 18:30

Evening presentation and workshops about how to make the best application to Teach First.


Middlesex University – PGCE Open Evening

07 September 2016 17:00

At Middlesex University, we give our graduates the confidence and skills to launch into their vocation and make a real difference to children’s lives.