Secondary Teacher Training

You could inspire the next generation of teenagers! At the Institute of Education we offer a variety of subjects and routes to becoming a Secondary school teacher for both undergraduate and postgraduate level applicants.

Training as a Secondary school teacher, upon successful completion, will allow you to teach across the eleven to sixteen age range within the secondary age phase. For some of the non-compulsory subjects within schools,you will be taught to teach those from year ten into sixth form level (14 to 19 within the secondary age range).

Got a query about Secondary teacher training? Visit the Secondary Teaching Frequently Asked Questions page, which contains answers to the most common queries that we receive.


Bursary funding for non-salaried Postgraduate Teacher Training courses 2023/24

Subject Bursary  Scholarship
Chemistry £27,000 £29,000
Computing £27,000 £29,000
Mathematics £27,000 £29,000
Physics £27,000 £29,000
Languages £25,000 £27,000*
Biology £20,000 -

* Language Scholarships only available for French, German, and Spanish.

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.

There are many ways that you can prepare for teacher training. list of things that you can do and courses that you can take to support your application. 

Come along to one of our Open Days and Postgraduate Open Evenings, where you will have the opportunity to talk to staff and students who are currently studying and find out more about the course and our facilities.