Teaching bursaries - what financial support is available?

Teaching bursaries, loans and scholarships See what bursaries, loans and scholarships you could benefit from

Becoming a teacher is rewarding experience but it doesn't have to be an expensive one. Depending on what route or subject you take, you could benefit from teaching bursaries, loans and scholarships of up to £28,000. Discover what financial support you could gain when you train to teach. 

In England, the UK government sets out every year the amount available for teacher training in terms of bursaries, loans and scholarships. There are three funding types available which will depend on your circumstances.

  1. Tax free bursary or scholarship
  2. Tuition fee loan or maintenance loan
  3. Additional financial support if you're a parent or have a disability

What are the requirements?  

Specific subject areas will benefit from increased financial offers including chemistry, languages, maths and physics. While these subjects receive the most amount of money, other subjects also receive financial incentives. Depending on what qualifications you have, the financial support you receive will vary.

If you have a first, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or masters, in some instances, you will benefit from a higher contribution towards your qualification. Based on the Department for Education's bursary and scholarship information, we've compiled what help is available for trainees for 2020/21.

Subject  Chemistry, languages, maths or physics 2 
Scholarships 3
Early-career payments 2
Total2
£28,000
£6,000
£34,000
Bursary
Early-career payments 2
Total 2
£26,000
£6,000
£32,000
Subject  Computing
Scholarships 3
Bursaries
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PHD 
£28,000

£26,000
SubjectGeography
Scholarships 3
Bursaries
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PHD
£17,000

£15,000
SubjectClassics 4
Bursaries
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PHD

£26,000
SubjectBiology
Bursaries
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PHD

£26,000
SubjectD&T
Bursaries
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PHD

£15,000
SubjectEnglish
Bursaries
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PHD

£9,000
SubjectHistory, RE, business studies
Bursaries
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PHD

£9,000
Subject Art and design, music
Bursaries
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PHD

£9,000
Subject Primary with maths 5
Bursaries
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master's or PHD

£6,000

How do I qualify for financial support? 

Making the decision to teach is a life changing one. Depending on your circumstances, it is important to read the small print whenever applying for financial help. Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based arrangement .

Availability is based on your highest relevant academic award and the subject you want to train in. 

What languages qualify for financial support? 

Currently, language scholarships are awarded if you train to teach French, German or Spanish. Bursaries are available to trainees on a classics course where the course is an ancient language (Latin or Ancient Greek). 

Fund your teaching future in Portsmouth 

We naturally don't talk about money but bursaries, scholarships and loans are there to support you through your teacher training. For more information on funding teacher training, visit the get into teaching website.  


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