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 receive £32,000 or £34,000 in total - £26,000 as a tax-free bursary or £28,000 scholarship with additional payments of £6,000 after tax once in teaching. View the Get into Teaching website for details. 

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 chemistry, languages maths or physics

Chemistry, languages, maths or physics £26,000 bursary £6,000 £32,000
£28,000 scholarship 3 £34,000
 Eligibility 2020/2021 1
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master'sEarly-career payments 2Total 2

The scholarships and bursaries for other subjects

 Eligibility 2020/2021 1
Scholarships 3Bursaries
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master's
Computing £28,000 £26,000
Biology - £26,000
Classics 4 - £26,000
Geography £17,000 £15,000
D&T - £15,000
English - £12,000
History, RE, business studies - £9,000
Art and design, music - £9,000
Primary with maths 5 - £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. Candidates with overseas degrees, may be asked to formally recognise any overseas qualifications through UK NARIC. We can help you with this. Contact us on 0800 389 2500 and we can provide you with guidance on your equivalent qualifications and a free UK NARIC statement of comparability (this usually costs £49.50 plus VAT) once you’ve submitted your application to teacher training, if required by your training provider. 
  2. You could receive £32k or £34k in total - £26k as a tax-free bursary or £28k scholarship with additional payments of £6k 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 2020/21, You’ll receive three additional early-career payments of £2k each in your second, third and fourth 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. Languages scholarships are only available if you train to teach French, German or Spanish.
  4. Bursaries are available to trainees on a classics course where the course is in an ancient language (Latin or Ancient Greek).
  5. 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

20% PGCE Alumni discount

Christ Church Alumni are being offered a 20% Alumni Discount on a range of PGCEs starting in 2020-21, if they are fully self-funding their course and are not in receipt of a Department for Education bursary or professional subject association scholarship. 

The 2020/21 PGCE alumni discount is available for PGCE students who are alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University:

  • A 20% tuition fee discount for CCCU alumni, as follows:
    • for students who are studying the full PGCE (primary or secondary) - 20% discount of the full tuition fee for students who are fully 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 all or part of the tuition fees);
    • for students who are studying the PGCE School Direct - 20% discount of the additional fee for the PGCE ‘top-up’ element of the programme only (i.e. 20% 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 fully self-funding that element of the fee.
  • In addition, the PGCE alumni discount will not apply to the following students:
    • students who are in receipt of a Department for Education bursary or Professional Subject Association Scholarship.

Additional Terms and conditions for receipt of the PGCE alumni discount:

  • Students must have completed a previous course of study at CCCU (an undergraduate degree, Diploma Education & Training, or a postgraduate level qualification such as PG Cert, PG Dip, full Masters);
  • Students can have a student status of Home/EU or Overseas (non-EU);
  • Students must be fully self-funding their tuition fees to be eligible for the discount, it will not be given for students who are fully or part sponsored, or for the training fee element of the School Direct fee for either salaried or unsalaried routes;
  • The discount will be applied to the tuition fee due for 2020/21.

Students who are not alumni of CCCU will be charged the full tuition fee due for 2020/21 and will not be eligible for any aspect of the discount.

Free DBS Check and Equivalency Tests

If you have an offer of a place to study a PGCE (primary or secondary) in 2020-21, Christ Church will fund your DBS Check and Equivalency Tests.

Terms and conditions for the receipt of CCCU funded DBS Check and Equivalency Checks

  • Students must have an offer (CF or UF) of a place to study a PGCE in 2020/21 at CCCU;
  • Where applicable, students must travel to and from the venues for their DBS check and Equivalency tests at their own expense;
  • In the event that a student does not pass their DBS check and / or an Equivalency tests, no further tests will be paid for by the University and the student would be expected to fund any further checks / tests at their own expense;
  • In the event that a student should pass their DBS check and / or Equivalency tests but then choses to defer their offer of a PGCE place at CCCU in 2020/21, they will not be required to pay the University for the tests unless they do not take up their place in the following academic year 2021/22. 

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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