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.


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 maths

Maths 2 £20,000 bursary £10,000 £30,000
£22,000 scholarship 3 £32,000
 Eligibility 2019/2020 1
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master'sEarly-career payments 2Total 2

The scholarships and bursaries for other subjects

 Eligibility 2019/2020 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
English - £15,000
D&T, History - £12,000
Music, RE  - £9,000
Primary with maths 7 - £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 years 2018/19 or 2019/2020. 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 primary with maths courses with at least grade B maths A level or equivalent.


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
  • 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. 


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Last edited: 15/12/2018 20:01:00