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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Primary and Secondary)

There are various sources of funding and support available for trainee teachers. Your eligibility for financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on your eligibility, subject specialism, degree classification and highest relevant qualification.

Trainee teachers may be able to receive a bursary of up to £26,000 or alternatively earn a salary with school direct and teach first. In addition to the bursary, student can also apply for tuition fee loans and maintenance loans from Student Finance England. Your entitlement to funding depends on how you would like to complete your teacher training qualification. 

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

If you are commencing your teacher training programme in September 2017, the table below summarises the standard bursaries and scholarship available.

The following scholarships and bursaries are available to trainee teachers.

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 the highest relevant academic award and the ITT subject. To receive a bursary or scholarship trainees must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria.

Applicants with a degree from outside the UK should refer to the equivalency table to see if their degree is likely to attract a bursary, or should consult their chosen training provider.

 Scholarships

ITT SubjectAmount
Physics, chemistry, Languages (French)£28,000
Secondary Mathematics£22,000

Graduates with a 2:1 and above, who are passionate about their subject and have the potential to be inspirational teachers can apply for a scholarship with the appropriate professional body. As well as the financial award, scholars will receive a package of additional benefits provided by the professional bodies.

Trainees with a 2:2 may be awarded a scholarship in exceptional circumstances, if they have significant relevant experience.

Trainees awarded a scholarship cannot receive a bursary. Trainees who aren't awarded a scholarship are eligible for a bursary.

Bursaries

ITT subject/phase*Scholarship**1st or PHD2:1 or Masters2:2Other
Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Languages (French)***, £26,000£26,000£26,000£26,000£0
Secondary Mathematics£20,000£20,000£20,000£20,000£0
Music£9,000£9,000£4,000£0£0
Primary Mathematics***£6,000£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. 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.

** Trainees are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. Trainees in physics, maths and languages will usually need a 2:1, but can still apply with a 2:2 with significant experience. Trainees in chemistry or computing are able to apply with a 2:2 or above. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. Find out more.

*** Bursaries are available for trainee teachers in modern foreign languages.

**** 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. Trainees on other primary courses may be eligible for the standard primary bursary  

Secondary mathematics early-career payments

Secondary mathematics trainees will receive 2 additional early-career payments of £5,000 each (£7,500 if teaching in specified areas of England) in their third and fifth year of teaching, if they have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing their teacher training course. These amounts are after tax, so teachers will receive the full amount as stated.

For more information, please read the mathematics early-career payments guidance.

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 math, physics or computing 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 may be eligible to receive additional Bursaries and Scholarships available to full-time undergraduate students. For more information, visit here.

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 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 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.

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.

For further  informationon the full terms and conditions for payment of the mathematics early-career payments click here.

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. There are four training routes available which leads to Early Years teacher status. If you would like to find out more about the different options available to you, please click here.

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (full-time)

If you are commencing your teacher training programme in September 2017, the table below summarises the bursaries available. 

        Degree Classification           £5,000          £4,000          £2,000
1st class degree          X   
2:1 honours degree            X  
2:2 honours degree             X


Postgraduate Certificate in Education  (part-time) 

Graduate employment based route is a one year programme for graduates who already work in an early years setting. 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.  There are no bursaries for trainees on this programme as you will be earning a salary from your employer.

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 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 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.

Further Education (Life Long Learning)

The teacher training bursary is a financial incentive to attract and retain high quality graduates to become teachers in the Further Education Sector. Bursary levels will vary according to the degree classification held by the trainee and the specialism in which they wish to train to teach. The bursaries allocated are for those who would like to teach Maths and English GCSE/Level 3 in further education colleges. Bursaries are not available for PCE and PGCE Lifelong Learning programmes in any other specialism.

If you are commencing your teacher training programme in September 2017, the table below summarises the standard bursaries and scholarship available.

Training bursaries rates for the PCE and PGCE Lifelong Learning

ITT Specialism Degree class Degree class Degree class Degree class
  First 2.1 2.2 3rd (or equivalent)
Mathematics £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 No Award       
English £9,000 £9,000 No Award No Award

Please note that these bursaries are only available to eligible home students and additional eligibility criteria will apply. There are a limited number of bursaries and not all students will receive one. For further information, visit the FE Initial Teacher training website

PCE and PGCE Lifelong Learning programmes (full-time)

There are no bursaries for PCE AND PGCE Lifelong Learning programmes.

PCE and PGCE Lifelong Learning (distance learning) programmes 

There are no bursaries for PCE and PGCE Lifelong Learning (distance learning) programmes as you will be earning a salary from your employer. 

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 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.

*The information above is dependent on your status as a home, EU/EEA or overseas student and further eligibility applies.

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.