Bursaries and funding

There are three types of funding available for teacher training - depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three:

  1. Tax-free bursary or scholarship
  2. Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan
  3. Additional financial support if you’re a parent or have a disability

The financial information throughout this site and below applies to those who intend to train in 2018/19. Full details of financial support for 2019/20 trainees will be announced soon. Register with us and we’ll make sure you’re kept up to date with the latest announcements.

An overview of the generous bursaries and scholarships for 2018/19 can be found in the table below. You'll need a first, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master's to be eligible for a bursary or scholarship. Further information on funding options two and three can be found on the extra financial support page. If you're an non-UK EU national, you could also receive this support. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train.

The financial offer for maths

Maths 2£20,000 bursary£10,000£30,000
£22,000 scholarship 3£32,000
 Eligibility 2018/2019 1

Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master's

Early-career payments 2Total 2
SubjectMaths 2
Scholarships 3£22,000
Early career payments 2£10,000
Total 2£32,000
Early career payments 2£10,000
Total 2£30,000

The scholarships and bursaries for other subjects

 Eligibility 2018/2019 1
Scholarships 3Bursaries
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master's
Physics £28,000£26,000
Languages 4£28,000 5£26,000
Geography £28,000£26,000
Classics 6-£26,000
 Bursaries for other subjects

Trainee with 1st/PhD

History, Music, RE £9,000£4,000£0
Primary Maths 7£6,000£6,000£6,000
Scholarships 3£28,000
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PhD£26,000
Scholarships 3£28,000
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PhD£26,000
SubjectLanguages 4
Scholarships 3£28,000 5
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PhD£26,000
Scholarships 3£28,000
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PhD£26,000
Scholarships 3£28,000
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PhD£26,000
SubjectClassics 6
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PhD£26,000
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PhD£26,000
Trainee with 1st/PhD£12,000
2:1 / Master's£9,000
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PhD£15,000
SubjectHistory, Music, RE 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£9,000
2:1 / Master's£4,000
SubjectPrimary Maths 7
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PhD£6,000

  1. Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI). Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider. If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. You can also contact your training provider for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.
  2. You could receive £30k or £32k in total - £20k as a tax-free bursary or £22k scholarship with additional payments of £10k after tax once in teaching. You'll need to have completed a non-salaried teacher training course and received a bursary or scholarship in the academic year 2018/19. You’ll receive two additional early-career payments of £5k each in your third and fifth year of teaching - enhancements to these payments are available if you teach in specified areas in England. You must have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing your teacher training course. View the full terms and conditions.
  3. Trainees in physics, maths, languages, chemistry, geography and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. 
  4. Bursaries are available for trainees in French, German and Spanish. They are also available for other modern, community or ancient languages. The full list of eligible languages can be found on GOV.UK.
  5. Languages scholarships are only available if you train to teach French, German or Spanish. 
  6. Bursaries are available to trainees on a classics course where the course is in an ancient language (Latin or Ancient Greek).
  7. Bursaries are available to trainees on either primary maths specialist courses or primary general (with mathematics) courses with at least grade B maths A level or equivalent.

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Tuition fee and maintenance loans

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