Bursaries and funding

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. You could get a £26,000 bursary or be awarded a prestigious scholarship – which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year. If you teach maths, you could get £30,000 – a £20,000 tax-free bursary while you train and a further £10,000 after tax once in teaching. With or without a bursary or scholarship, you could receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to help fund your teacher training year. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train with School Direct (salaried) or Teach First

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. If you’re on a salaried course, you can estimate any in-work benefits by using the calculators on GOV.UK

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You'll need a first, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master's to be eligible for a bursary or scholarship. An overview of the bursaries or scholarships available to train in different subjects can be found below. For more detailed information on available funding, follow the links below the table.

Important information for non-UK EU nationals and EEA citizens following EU referendum result: 

There has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals, as we approach leaving the EU. This means EU nationals applying for teacher training in 2017/18 and 2018/19 will still be able to access tax-free bursaries or scholarships, and a tuition fee loan. Under current rules, EU nationals can access this support if they have resided in the European Economic Area or Switzerland throughout the three-year period before the start of the course - find out more. Throughout the negotiation of leaving the EU, the UK Government is remaining focused on providing certainty, clarity and stability for EU citizens living in the UK, upholding the proposals set out on 26 June 2017 and as set out by the Prime Minister in her speech in Florence. Further information on the status of EU citizens in the UK can be found on GOV.UK.

 

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
Bursary£20,000
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
Chemistry£28,000£26,000
Languages 4£28,000 5£26,000
Computing£28,000£26,000
Geography £28,000£26,000
Biology-£26,000
Classics 6-£26,000
 Bursaries for other subjects

Trainee with 1st/PhD

2.1/Master's2:2
English£15,000£15,000£15,000
D&T£12,000£9,000£0
History, Music, RE £9,000£4,000£0
Primary Maths 7£6,000£6,000£6,000
SubjectPhysics
Scholarships 3£28,000
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PhD£26,000
SubjectChemistry
Scholarships 3£28,000
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PhD£26,000
SubjectLanguages 4
Scholarships 3£28,000 5
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PhD£26,000
SubjectComputing
Scholarships 3£28,000
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PhD£26,000
SubjectGeography 
Scholarships 3£28,000
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PhD£26,000
SubjectClassics 6
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PhD£26,000
SubjectBiology 
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PhD£26,000
SubjectD&T
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£12,000
2:1 / Master's£9,000
2:2£0
SubjectEnglish
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PhD£15,000
SubjectHistory, Music, RE 
Bursaries 
Trainee with 1st/PhD£9,000
2:1 / Master's£4,000
2:2£0
SubjectPrimary Maths 7
Bursaries 
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 trainee teachers in modern foreign languages. The core modern foreign languages are French, German and Spanish. Bursaries are also available for other modern or community languages for example: Italian, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Urdu and Bengali. 
  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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Funding by subject

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How bursaries and scholarships are paid

How you receive payments will depend on the amount of funding you receive. Your training provider will generally inform you of how your payments will be processed, but this short guide should also help as an overview.
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Tuition fee and maintenance loans

Further financial support in the form of maintenance and tuition fee loans is available for all subjects, regardless of your qualifications.
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