To support your pathway into the teaching profession the Department for Education has tax-free bursaries or scholarships. This varies depending on the subject or phase you choose to train in.

Bursaries & Scholarships 2020/21

Bursaries

These are available for: (amounts not yet announced)

  • Maths*
  • Physics*
  • Chemistry*
  • Modern Foreign Languages*
  • Computing
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Design & Technology
  • English
  • History
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Religious Education
  • Business Studies

* Early career payments are also available for these subjects, although this is subject to change for programmes beginning in 2021-22

Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Modern Foreign Languages *£26,000
Computing, Biology *£26,000
Geography, Design & Tech *£15,000
English *£12,000
History, Music, RE, Art & Design, Business Studies *£9,000

* These will be updated for programmes beginning in 2021-22


Scholarships

These are available for: (amounts not yet announced)

  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Computing
  • Geography

Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Modern Foreign Languages, Computer Science *£28,000
Geography *£17,000

* These will be updated for programmes beginning in 2021-22

Bursaries & Scholarships 2021/22

SubjectBursaryScholarship
Chemistry£24,000£26,000
Computing£24,000£26,000
Maths

£24,000£26,000
Physics

£24,000£26,000
Classics
£10,000
Languages£10,000
Biology£7,000

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. 


Bursaries are available to trainees with a first, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD


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. 

Further Information

For further information regarding bursaries and scholarships, please visit https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-my-teacher-training/bursaries-and-scholarships-for-teacher-training