Interested in becoming a teacher?

Tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England

You can apply for:

  • A tuition fee loan of up to £9,250 to cover your teacher training.
  • A maintenance loan of up to £12,382 to help with living costs.
Extra financial support for parents and careers:

You may be able to get extra financial support if you have children or other caring responsibilities:

Extra financial support for students with disabilities:
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  • You can still apply for a tuition fee and a maintenance loan if you already have a student loan from your undergraduate degree, use the student finance calculator to find out how much you can get.

Bursaries and scholarships

You may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship when training to teach. This is tax-free and you don't have to pay it back.

Bursaries and scholarships are available for the subjects listed below. You will need a first, 2:1, 2:2 or a PhD or Master's to be eligible for a bursary, as well as meeting the bursary's scheme's individual terms and conditions. You cannot receive both a bursary and scholarship.

ITT subject/phase

Bursary

Scholarship

Chemistry £24,000 £26,000
Computing £24,000 £26,000
Maths £24,000 £26,000
Physics £24,000 £26,000
Biology £7,000 N/A

School Direct (salaried route)

For trainees on School Direct, the school pays your tuition fees and a salary. The amount depends on your location and subject. Trainees in maths or physics can earn up to £30,000 before deductions. School Direct trainees are not eligible for a bursary or scholarship, but may be able to receive support towards living costs from Student Finance England or another regional provider.

BA Hons Primary Education with QTS

Students on the BA Hons Primary Education with QTS do not qualify for bursaries but may be eligible for a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan.

Early Years Teacher Status

The type and amount of financial support available depends on your eligibility and your highest relevant qualification.

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (full-time)

A £7,000 grant is available to cover course fees. There are also bursaries of up to £5,000 for graduates with a first class degree, £4,000 for graduates with a 2:1, and £2,000 for graduates with a 2:2.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (employment)

Funding of £14,000 is available. This would cover course fees up to £7,000, plus £7,000 for your employer, to help cover their extra costs while you train.

Further Education, Life Long Learning (Full Time)

The DfE has announced a new series of incentives for 21/22 for FE initial teacher education:

Bursaries

These are for pre-service trainees and cover the following subjects:

  • Maths, Science, Engineering, Computing: £26,000
  • SEND: £15,000
  • English: £12,000

The trainee must be accepted onto an FE ITE programme (minimum Level 5 i.e. DET, CertEd or PGCE) and hold at least a Level 3 qualification or appropriate professional experience related to their teaching subject.

Grants

These are for in-service trainees accepted onto an ITE programme and cover the following subjects to be taught. They are each worth £18,200 to the employer to cover the cost of the training and the release from teaching. See DfE guidance.

  • English, maths & SEND

How bursaries are awarded

We will send you an application form once you have accepted your offer. During registration, we check this together with your degree awards in the Student Centre.

Bursary payments are processed by your chosen teacher training provider. They are released in 10 monthly instalments from October to July, once you are fully registered.

Disclosure Barring Service

Before your course begins, you must obtain an enhanced disclosure certificate through the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and complete an Occupational Health Check. Without this, there may be delays to your funding.