Scholarships and bursaries

You may be eligible for a teaching bursary or scholarship when training to teach. These are tax-free amounts of money you receive to train in certain subjects. You do not need to pay them back.

Scholarships are offered by independent institutions. They set their own eligibility criteria and you’ll need to apply through the relevant scholarship body.

You do not need to apply for a bursary. If you’re eligible, you’ll automatically receive it.

What funding could I get for teacher training?

Postgraduate bursaries and scholarships

Postgraduate teaching bursaries and scholarships are only available for the subjects listed below. You cannot receive both a teaching bursary and a scholarship.

Subject Bursary Scholarship
Biology £10,000  
Chemistry £24,000 £26,000
Computing £24,000 £26,000
Design and technology £15,000  
Geography £15,000  
Languages
(including ancient languages)
£15,000  
Maths £24,000 £26,000
Physics £24,000 £26,000

To be eligible for a bursary, you’ll need at least one of the following:

  • a bachelor’s degree class 2:2 (honours) or higher
  • a master’s degree
  • a PhD

You’ll also need to meet the bursary scheme’s individual terms and conditions.

Find out more about your eligibility for teaching bursaries(opens in new window).

To find out if you’re eligible for a scholarship and to apply, you can visit the relevant scholarship body:

Undergraduate bursaries

You may be eligible for a bursary of £9,000(opens in new window) if you do a secondary maths or physics course that leads to qualified teacher status (QTS).

You may also be eligible if you do an opt-in QTS course in secondary computing, languages, mathematics or physics. This is where you start a standard undergraduate degree but then opt-in to initial teacher training to get QTS.

The amount you receive depends on the year that you start your QTS course. You do not get a bursary in every year of an undergraduate course. Depending on the type of course you do, you may get the bursary in your final year or final two years.

Undergraduate bursary if you’re former military personnel

You may be eligible for a Troops to Teachers tax-free bursary of £40,000 if you’re:

  • training to teach secondary biology, physics, chemistry, computing, maths or languages
  • doing an undergraduate degree leading to QTS in England

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