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Teacher Education bursaries

Secondary education

If you are starting a PGCE in secondary education you may be entitled to financial support from the Department for Education. The amount of support depends on when you start training, the subject you wish to teach, and the grade of your highest qualification. For the latest information visit the get into teaching website.


Trainees starting initial teacher training in the academic year 2021/22 may be offered a tax free bursary. You'll need a first, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master's to be eligible for a bursary.


Scholarships are available to trainees in Chemistry, Computing, Maths and Physics.  Each of the professional scholarship bodies sets its own eligibility criteria – more information can be found on the dedicated scholarships page.  Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary.

The financial offer for 2021/22 (1)

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