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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 bursary. There are three types of funding available if you’re on a non-salaried teacher training course. Depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three. Alternatively, you could choose to earn a salary while you train.
1. Tax-free bursaries or scholarships
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 £28,000 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 scholarship application is unsuccessful, you'll 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.
2. Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan
With or without a bursary or scholarship, you can still access a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan to help fund your training and cover tuition fees, which is up to:
- £9,250 Tuition Fee Loan to pay for your course
- £11,354 Maintenance Loan to pay living costs
3. Additional financial support
If you have children or a disability, extra funding is available. For instance, you could get:
- up to £164.70 a week (1 child) or up to £282.36 a week (2 or more children) Childcare Grant
- up to £1,669 per year Parents’ Learning Allowance
- Child Tax Credits
- Disabled Students’ Allowance
- up to £2,925 per year Adult Dependants' Grant
Find out more information on the extra financial support available.
Earn a salary while you train
Alternatively, you could earn a salary with School Direct (salaried), Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships or Teach First.
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