Finance - funding available to trainees

School Direct Training Programme (Salaried)

You will be paid a salary by the school in which you train. This salary will be in-line with the unqualified teacher rate at a local authority maintained school, (for September 2013 this amounted to £15,817 for those training outside of London) or at the advertised rate at an academy. You will not need to pay fees to cover the cost of your qualified teacher status (QTS) award. You will not be eligible for a training bursary.

School Direct Training Programme (Tuition) - PGCE with QTS

You could be eligible for a tax-free bursary of up to £28,000, depending on the subject you want to teach and the degree class that you hold, you will need at least a 2:2 degree to be eligible for a training bursary.

In addition, there is a 25 per cent premium paid on the bursaries of School Direct trainees whose training is based in a school where more than 35 per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals.

You will need to pay tuition fees to cover the cost of your course, at the University of Wolverhampton this is currently £9,250.

Bursary funding for non-salaried Postgraduate Teacher Training courses 2018/19

Subject Scholarships (3.) Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master's                     Other
Mathematics (2.)        £22,000                          £20,000 Early Career Payments £10,000 (2.)
Physics, Chemistry        £28,000                          £26,000                       £0
Languages (4.)        £28,000 (5.)                          £26,000                       £0
Computing, Geography        £28,000                          £26,000                       £0
Biology            -                          £26,000                       £0
Subject                 Trainee with 1st/PhD            2.1/Master's       2:2
English                                                              £15,000
Design and Technology                           £12,000              £9,000       £0
History                            £9,000               £4,000        £0


  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 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.
  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. 

*Information taken from the DfE Get into Teaching Website. Visit this site to find out more about elidgability for this funding including criteria for scholarships. 

Student finance - School Direct Training Programme (Tuition) only

All candidates from the EU are eligible for a tuition fee loan. In addition, candidates from the UK can also apply for a means-tested national maintenance grant of up to £3,250. offers further information about student finance, including a finance calculator to help estimate the grants and loans that may be available to you.

Further details relating to funding that is available in specific subjects can be found at

Physics Scholarships

The Institute of Physics (IOP) will be awarding 150 scholarships worth £25,000 to the very best candidates starting PGCE or School Direct (non-salaried) physics teacher training in the 2014/15 academic year. To be considered for an IOP Scholarship you will need to have outstanding knowledge of school-level physics and the potential to become an inspirational teacher. Each scholarship also includes IOP membership and mentoring from a physics specialist to support you during your early career. Applications are now open. For the full eligibility criteria and online application form visit