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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 ITT in the academic year 2019/20 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 wish to teach chemistry, computing, geography, languages, math's or physics. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. More information about the scholarships.

Scholarships and bursaries available in 2019/20

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

Eligibility for 2019/2020 (1)
Subject Scholarships (2)
Trainees with 2:1 degree or above
Trainees with 1st,2:1,2:2,
PhD or Master's
Languages (4)
£28,000 (3) £26,000
Classics (5)
N/A £26,000
Secondary Maths (6) £22,000 £20,000
English N/A £15,000
D&T, History N/A £12,000
Music, RE N/A £9,000
Primary with Maths (7) 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). If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalecy table to see the bursary your degree may attract.
  2. 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.
  3. Languages scholarships are only available if you train to teach French, German or Spanish.
  4. Bursaries are available for trainees in French, German and Spanish. They are also available for other modern, community or ancient languages. The full list of eligible languages can be found on GOV.UK.
  5. Bursaries are available to trainees on a classics course where the course is in an ancient language (Latin or Ancient Greek).
  6. Secondary mathematics trainees can receive two additional early-career payments of £5,000 each (or £7,500 each if teaching in specified areas of England) in their third and fifth year of teaching, if they have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing their teacher training course. These payments are in addition to the £20,000 bursary or £22,000 scholarship. Further information can be found here.
  7. Bursaries are available to trainees on primary with maths courses with at least grade B maths A level or equivalent
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