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Funding for postgraduate teacher training

Funding for teacher training is available for eligible graduates who are starting their training in the 2015/16 academic year on postgraduate routes including the non-salaried School Direct programme.

Funding amounts will vary depending on the subject you intend to teach and your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification. If you do not have a degree in the subject you wish to teach, free courses are available to increase your subject knowledge prior to teacher training.


Scholarships of £25,000 are available in maths, physics, chemistry and computing for trainees who are starting their training in the 2015/16 academic year. These prestigious awards are aimed at high-quality graduates with a 2:1 or first-class degree, who are passionate about their subject and have the potential to be inspirational teachers.

Scholarships are awarded by professional bodies for these subjects, and scholars will be selected through an additional application and assessment process. Each scholarship also comes with a package of non-financial benefits, such as early career support and membership of the appropriate professional body. To apply for a scholarship and for further information, you should visit the appropriate subject association website:

  • Physics – delivered by the Institute of Physics (IOP)
  • Maths – delivered by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), in collaboration with the London Mathematical Society (LMS), the Mathematical Association (MA), Maths in Education and Industry (MEI) and the Royal Statistical Society (RSS)
  • Chemistry – delivered by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Computing – delivered by the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT

The scholarship will be instead of the standard bursary, but trainees who are not awarded the scholarship will still be eligible for the standard bursaries.

Training bursaries

To encourage the best graduates to enter the profession, financial incentives are offered to trainees intending to train to teach the subjects in the table below. You do not need to apply for a bursary – if you are enrolled on a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria below, you will begin receiving payments at the beginning of your course.

Financial incentives for postgraduate non-salaried teacher training courses in 2015/16 by subject:

Eligibility 2015/161

Trainee with 1st/PhD 2:1/Master's 2:2 Other3
Physics £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 £15,000 £9,000
Maths £25,000 £25,000 £20,000 £15,000 £9,000
Chemistry, computing £25,000 £25,000 £20,000 £15,000 £0
Languages4 - £25,000 £20,000 £15,000 £0
Biology - £15,000 £12,000 £10,000 £0
Primary maths5 - £12,000 £12,000 £12,000 £9,000
Geography, D&T - £12,000 £9,000 £4,000 £0
Music - £9,000 £4,000 £4,000 £0
English, history, RE, primary - £9,000 £4,000 £0 £0

1 Applicants with a degree from outside the UK should contact their preferred provider to discuss equivalencies in detail as early as possible. You can refer to the equivalency table (PDF, 1MB) to see if your degree is likely to attract a bursary, but please note that this information was collated in 2011 and is currently being updated. Please contact your provider to check if your degree is more recent than 2011, as the information may not match your qualification.

2 Trainees in maths, physics, chemistry and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body.

3 Trainee teachers in maths and physics, and on primary maths courses, with a relevant degree and at least a B at A level in maths or physics (or equivalent) will be eligible for a bursary of £9,000. Trainees will not be entitled to this bursary if they are also entitled to a higher bursary based on degree class.

Bursaries are available to train to teach modern foreign languages, community languages and ancient languages including Latin and Ancient Greek.

Bursaries are available to trainees with a B or better at maths A level or equivalent on either primary maths specialist courses or primary general (with mathematics) courses. Trainees without a B or higher at maths A level, or on other primary courses will be eligible for the standard primary bursary.

Bursary payments are processed automatically for eligible candidates by their chosen teacher training provider. You will receive more information on the arrangements and how this is distributed prior to the start of your course.

For bursary awards up to £15,000:

  • Trainees will receive the bursary in equal monthly instalments for the duration of their course.
  • Trainees are advised to confirm the actual monthly amounts that will be paid with their initial teacher training (ITT) provider.

For bursary awards of £15,000 or over:

  • Trainees will continue to receive equal monthly instalments for the duration of their course, but this will be enhanced by larger payments in February and July, or in the final month of the trainee's course.
  • The trainee will need to be on the course at 1 January to receive the first enhanced payment in February, and would need to have completed the course to receive the second payment at the end of their programme.

Eligibility for a training bursary

Eligibility for a training bursary is established by the teacher training provider who will confirm the amount a trainee is entitled to. All bursaries are subject to conditions and you are not guaranteed funding, but you may be eligible for financial support.

School Direct bursary top-up

A School Direct trainee who trains in the 2014/15 academic year and spends more than 60 days in a school (or schools) where more than 35% of the pupils are eligible for free school meals will be entitled to a 25% uplift to their original bursary/scholarship.

The list of schools that qualify is highlighted in yellow on this spreadsheet (Excel, 2.46MB). The data provided in this list is taken from the Spring Schools census in January 2013. You should ensure that you consider the name and URN of the school as it was at January 2013 when using this document.

The School Direct bursary top-up is only available in combination with a standard bursary, and will be paid on top of the standard bursary amount the trainee is eligible for. Schools are not required to offer free school meals to participate in School Direct. The School Direct Bursary top-up is not available for 2015/16.

Tuition fee loan

If you are on a postgraduate teacher training course which is not salaried, you will have to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees vary depending on the course and the higher education institution (HEI) or school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) provider. You should contact the HEI or SCITT provider of the course or programme you are interested in directly for details of the fees charged.

Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged. This is available through Student Finance England

No trainee will need to pay the cost of tuition charges up front. They will only pay once they are in full-time employment and earning above £21,000.

You can calculate an estimate of your loan repayments on the GOV.UK website 


Your tuition fees and any other bursary or financial support depend on your status as a home, European Union (EU) or overseas student. Find out more information about EU or overseas status. All bursaries are subject to conditions and you are not guaranteed funding, but you may be eligible for financial support.

Student loan for maintenance

Home students in England may also be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs. This is available through Student Finance England. More information on the student loan for maintenance can be found on the GOV.UK website

Maintenance grant

Home students in England may also be eligible for a non-repayable maintenance grant. This grant will be means tested and you can apply through Student Finance England. More details about these grants and the funding arrangements for trainees from the EU can be found on the GOV.UK website

Childcare grant

If you’re a parent, you may be eligible for substantial financial support with your childcare while you train. Find out more details by visiting the GOV.UK website 

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