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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 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 2020/21 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 if you have a 2:1 degree or above and want to teach chemistry, computing, geography, languages, math's or physics. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you'll need to provide evidence of significant subject knowledge or have a relevant postgraduate degree. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. More information about the scholarships.

The financial offer for chemistry, languages, maths or physics

An overview of the bursaries and scholarships can be found in the tables below.

Eligibility for 2020/21 (1)
Subject Trainees with 2:2 degree or above Early-career payments (2) Total (2)
£26,000 bursary
£28,000 scholarship (3)
£6,000 £32,000

Scholarships and bursaries for other subjects

Eligibility for 2020/21 (1)
Subject Scholarships (3)
Trainees with 1st,2:1,2:2, 
PhD or Master's
Computing £28,000 £26,000
Classics (4)
N/A £26,000
Geography £17,000 £15,000
D&T N/A £15,000
English N/A £12,000
History, RE, Business Studies N/A £9,000
Art and design, Music N/A £9,000
Primary with Maths (5) N/A £6,000
  1. Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a 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. You could receive £32k or £34k in total - £26k as a tax-free bursary or £28k scholarship with additional payments of £6k after tax once in teaching. You'll need to have completed a non-salaried teacher training course and received a bursary or scholarship in the academic year 2020/21, You’ll receive three additional early-career payments of £2k each in your second, third and fourth year of teaching - enhancements to these payments are available if you teach in specified areas in England. You must have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing your teacher training course. View the full terms and conditions.
  3. Trainees in physics, maths, languages, chemistry, geography and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. Languages scholarships are only available if you train to teach French, German or Spanish.
  4. Bursaries are available to trainees on a classics course where the course is in an ancient language (Latin or Ancient Greek).
  5. Bursaries are available to trainees on primary with maths courses with at least grade B maths A level or equivalent.
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