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

Bursaries

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.

Scholarships

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:

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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