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Teacher training bursaries

Secondary education

If you are starting a PGCE in secondary education you may be entitled to financial support from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). The amount of the support depends on when you start training and what subject you train to teach.

As the information can quickly become out of date we recommend that you check the NCTL website for the latest information.

Trainees starting ITT in the academic year 2017/18 may be offered a tax-free bursary. The amount depends on when you begin your training, the subject you train to teach and certain achievements outside of degree results. In exceptional circumstances trainees may receive a higher bursary than their degree class would otherwise allow. This allows the scheme to take account of, for example, trainees with a 2:2 and a PhD or proven exceptional subject knowledge gained from another career.

The table below summarises the standard training bursaries available in 2017/18

Eligibility 2017/18 (1)
Scholarships (2) Bursaries
1st/PhD 2:1/Master's 2:2
Physics £30,000 £30,000 £25,000 £25,000
Maths £27,500 £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
Chemistry  £27,500 £25,000 £20,000 £20,000
Languages (3) Computing £27,500 £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
Biology - £15,000 £12,000 £10,000
Primary Maths (4) - £6,000 £6,000 £6,000
Geography £27,500 £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
Design and Technology - £12,000 £9,000 £0
English, History, RE, Music - £9,000 £4,000 £0
Primary - £3,000 - £0

(1) Applicants with a degree from outside the UK should contact their preferred provider to discuss equivalencies in detail as early as possible for a bursary and student finance. You can refer to the equivalency table to see if your degree may attract a bursary.

(2) Trainees in maths, physics, chemistry and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body.

(3) Bursaries are available to train to teach modern foreign languages, community languages and ancient languages including Latin and Ancient Greek.

(4) Bursaries are available to trainees on either primary maths specialist courses or primary general (with mathematics) courses. Trainees on other primary courses will be eligible for the standard primary bursary.

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