Finance - funding available to trainees

School Direct Training Programme (Salaried)

You’ll be paid and taxed as an unqualified teacher. The salary awarded will differ between schools; you should check the salary with the school before you apply for either salaried routes. You will not need to pay fees to cover the cost of your qualified teacher status (QTS) award. Because of this you will not be eligible for any training bursary.

School Direct Training Programme (Tuition)

You could be eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship outlined below.

You will need to pay tuition fees to cover the cost of your course, at the University of Wolverhampton this is in line with the price of a traditional PGCE.

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. offers further information about student finance, including a finance calculator to help estimate the grants and loans that may be available to you.

Contact our Gateway @the George department for further details relating to funding that is available in routes to teaching.

Bursary funding for non-salaried Postgraduate Secondary Teacher Training courses 2021/22 (1)

Subject Bursary (2) Scholarship (3)
Chemistry £24,000 £26,000
Computing £24,000 £26,000
Mathematics £24,000 £26,000
Physics £24,000 £26,000
Languages £10,000 -
Biology £7,000 -

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

  1. Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a tuition 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. Bursaries are available to trainees with a first, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD.
  3. Trainees in chemistry, computing, maths and physics are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. Each of the professional scholarship bodies sets its own eligibility criteria - find out more on the dedicated scholarship pages. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. 

Tax-free funding is available in a range of subjects. Find out more on the funding available to support your postgraduate teacher training.