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Teacher training bursaries

A teacher training bursary assists teacher training students at the University of Greenwich. Find out if you are eligible for a bursary.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education programmes in Primary and Secondary Education

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. You could get a £26,000 bursary or be awarded a prestigious scholarship – which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year. If you teach maths, you could get a £20,000 tax-free bursary while you train plus a further £10,000 after tax once in teaching. With or without a bursary or scholarship, you could receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to help fund your teacher training year.

You'll need a 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master's to be eligible for a bursary or scholarship. An overview of the bursaries or scholarships available to train in different subjects can be found below.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

If you are commencing your teacher training programme in September 2018, the tables below summarise the standard bursaries and scholarships available.

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.

 Scholarships and bursaries for Maths1


Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master'sEarly-career paymentsTotal
Maths£20,000 bursary£10,000£30,000
£22,000 scholarship£32,000

Scholarships and bursaries for Physics, Chemistry and Modern Languages (French)

ITT SubjectAmount
Physics, chemistry, Languages (French)£28,000

Bursaries

ITT subject/phase*Scholarship21st or PhD2:1 or Masters2:2Other
Physics, Chemistry, Languages (French) £28,000£26,000£26,000£26,000£0
Biology£0£26,000£26,000£26,000£0
Music£0£9,000£4,000£0£0
Primary Mathematics£0£6,000£6000£6,000£0


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.

  1. 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.
  2. Trainees in physics, maths, languages and chemistry 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. 

Primary mathematics

Primary mathematics trainees, with at least a B at A level in mathematics (or equivalent), will be eligible for a bursary of £6,000.

School Direct (salaried route)

Trainees on the School Direct salaried route will receive a salary from their school. The amount will depend on where the training takes place and the subject specialism. Trainees specialising in maths or physics can earn up to £30,000 before deductions.  The school will cover the cost of the training and so a tuition fee payment from the trainee is not required. Trainees will not be eligible for the bursary or scholarship in addition to a salary, however student support for living costs from Student Finance England or other regional provider may be available.

BA Hons Primary Education with QTS

Students studying for a BA Hons Primary Education with QTS do not qualify for the above but may be eligible to receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan .

Receiving Bursary Payments

Bursary payments are processed automatically for eligible candidates by their chosen teacher training provider. You will be sent an application form to complete by the Faculty of Education and Health  once you have accepted your offer of a place and this will be checked along with evidence of your degree classification in the Student Centre during registration. Bursaries will be administered in 10 equal monthly installments from October to July. Students must be fully registered and all registration holds removed before any bursary payments are released.

Important information for non-UK EU nationals and EEA citizens following EU referendum result

EU nationals applying for teacher training in 2018/19 will still be able to access tax-free bursaries or scholarships, and a tuition fee loan. Under current rules, EU nationals can access this support if they have resided in the European Economic Area or Switzerland throughout the three-year period before the start of the course. For EU citizens living in the UK, the agreement with the EU on citizens' rights means EU citizens living here before the UK's withdrawal can stay and carry on living their lives broadly as now. For more information, visit GOV.UK.

Disclosure Barring Service

Students are required to obtain an enhanced disclosure certificate through the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) prior to the start of their programme. If satisfactory clearance is not received during your registration, you may encounter problems in receiving some elements of your student funding. Student must also complete an Occupational Health Check. To avoid any delay it is important that you respond to all emails and correspondence sent to you concerning the DBS and Occupational Health processes.

Please note that it is not possible to pay for the DBS application fee from your student support and you should therefore make provision for this cost as part of your financial planning prior to the start of your programme.

*The information above is dependent on your status as a home, EU/EEA or overseas student and further eligibility applies.Make sure you're aware of the level of support you're eligible for before you apply for teacher training.

Mathematics early-career payments

Mathematics early-career payments are a financial incentive for teachers who have completed a non-salaried mathematics initial teacher training (ITT) courses in the academic year 2018 to 2019. In addition to a £20,000 bursary or £22,000 scholarship during their ITT course these individuals will be eligible for early-career payments once employed as mathematics teachers.

Eligible teachers will receive two early-career payments of £5,000 each in their third and fifth year of teaching, if they have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing their ITT course. Eligible teachers in a selected list of local authorities will receive uplifted payments of £7,500 each in their third and fifth year of teaching.

Further  information on the full terms and conditions for payment of the mathematics early-career payments.

Early Years Teacher Status

Financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on your eligibility, degree classification and highest relevant qualification. 

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (full-time)

A £7,000 grant is available to cover course fees and 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 covers course fees of up to £7,000. The remaining £7,000 is a contribution to the costs incurred by your employer, for example supply cover or salary enhancement

Receiving Bursary Payments

Bursary payments are processed automatically for eligible candidates by their chosen teacher training provider. You will be sent an application form to complete by the Faculty of Education and Health once you have accepted your offer of a place and this will be checked along with evidence of your degree classification in the Student Centre during registration. Bursaries will be administered in 10 equal monthly instalments from October to July. Students must be fully registered and all registration holds removed before any bursary payments are released to them.

Disclosure Barring Service

Students are required to obtain an enhanced disclosure certificate through the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) prior to the start of their programme. If satisfactory clearance is not received during your registration, you may encounter problems in receiving some elements of your student funding. Student must also complete an Occupational Health Check. To avoid any delay it is important that you respond to all emails and correspondence sent to you concerning the DBS and Occupational Health processes.

Please note that it is not possible to pay for the DBS application fee from your student support and you should therefore make provision for this cost as part of your financial planning prior to the start of your programme.

*The information above is dependent on your status as a home, EU/EEA or overseas student and further eligibility applies. Make sure you're aware of the level of support you're eligible for before you apply for teacher training.

Further Education, Life Long Learning (Full Time)

We are awaiting information about the availability of bursaries for the academic year 2018-2019 and will publish as soon as it is available.

FE Initial Teacher Training (ITT) bursaries will be published at www.feadvice.org.uk once they have been announced.