Teacher Education Funding

If you’re looking to undertake a postgraduate teacher training course discover the range of financial support on offer to help you fund your studies.

Bursaries

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. For instance, if you teach secondary 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. 

You do not need to apply for a bursary – if you are accepted on to a non-salaried postgraduate course (including non-salaried School Direct) and meet the eligibility criteria you will receive information on the bursary prior to your enrolment on the course.

The financial offer for secondary 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'sEarly-career payments 2Total 2

The scholarships and bursaries for other secondary 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
 Bursaries for other subjects
Trainee with 1st/PhD2.1/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 6 £6,000 £6,000 £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 either primary maths specialist courses or primary general (with mathematics) courses with at least grade B maths A level or equivalent.

Scholarships 

If you have the potential to be an inspirational teacher and are passionate about your subject you could apply for a scholarship to support your training. 

Scholarships of up to £28,000 are awarded to the most gifted trainees in a range of areas and in partnership with highly regarded professional subject associations. 

Subject scholarships are available in:

  • Physics
  • Computing
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Languages
  • Secondary maths.

View the Department of Education's Get Into Teaching web pages to see details about the bursaries and scholarships available. 

School Direct

If you're studying on the School Direct (salaried) programme you will be employed and paid on the unqualified teachers’ pay scale, which ranges from £16,626 to £30,573. The salary is set by your school and will vary depending upon the location of your school and what you are training to teach. Students training in maths, physics and computing can earn up to £25,000.

For more information, please visit the  Get Into Teaching web pages

Loans and other funding

With or without a bursary or scholarship, you could receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to help fund your teacher training year. 

Visit GOV.UK to use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available, e.g. if you are disabled or have children. 

PGCE alumni discount

Christ Church is offering a 10% Alumni Discount on a range of PGCEs starting in 2018-19. A further 10% Alumni Discount is also available for students who are not in receipt of a Department of Education bursary or professional subject association scholarship or not eligible to receive a Christ Church grant/bursary.

The PGCE alumni discount is available in two parts:

  • A 10% tuition fee discount for CCCU alumni, as follows:
    • for students who are studying  the full PGCE (primary or secondary) - 10% discount of the full tuition fee for students who are self-funding their tuition fees (i.e. the discount will not be applied if the student is being sponsored and the Sponsor is paying for the tuition fees);
    • for students who are studying the PGCE School Direct - 10% discount of the additional fee for the  PGCE ‘top-up’ element of the programme only (i.e. 10% of the ‘top-up’ fee of £3,290 which is paid over and above  the training fee of £5,960). It should be noted that the discount will not apply to the School Direct training fee element for any School Direct students, whether they are Salaried or Unsalaried.  The discount will only apply to the additional fee for the PGCE ‘top-up’ if students are self-funding that element of the fee.
  • An additional 10% tuition fee discount (on the same basis as above)  for the following CCCU alumni:
    • for students who are not in receipt of a DfE bursary and who are not eligible to receive a CCCU grant / bursary;
    • for students who are not in receipt of a DfE bursary, but who are eligible for a CCCU grant / bursary, students will receive either the additional 10% PGCE alumni discount OR the CCCU grant / bursary (whichever is higher and therefore of most benefit to the student).

Read the full Terms and Conditions.

Free DBS Check and Equivalency Tests

If you have an offer of a place to study a PGCE (primary or secondary) in 2018-19, Christ Church will fund your DBS Check and Equivalency Tests. 

Read the full Terms and Conditions.

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Last edited: 21/03/2018 15:11:00