Bursaries and Scholarships

There are some valuable training bursaries and scholarships available to trainees which are dependent on the subject in which you wish to train and the standard of the degree you have.

Bursaries & Scholarships – 2017/18

Highest qualification
See Note 1
ITT Subject/Phase
Physics Mathematics, Computing, Languages, Geography Chemistry Biology English History Primary
See Note 2 and below
£30,000 £27,500 £27,500
1st/PhD £30,000 £25,000 £25,000 £15,000 £9,000 £9,000 £3,000
2:1/Master’s £25,000 £25,000 £20,000 £12,000 £9,000 £4,000
2:2 £25,000 £25,000 £20,000 £10,000


  1. If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. You also need to be eligible for a bursary based on your nationality and residency status. Contact Student Finance England for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.
  2. Trainees in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computing, geography and modern foreign languages with a 2:2 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. Trainees holding a scholarship will not also be eligible for the standard Department for Education (DfE) bursary. Trainees not awarded a scholarship will continue to be eligible for the standard bursaries in 2017/18.

You do not need to apply for the Training Bursary. Once you commence the programme, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria, you will receive the bursary payments each month between October and July.


Scholarship eligibility

To be eligible for a scholarship, you should have at least a 2:1 degree or above and want to teach chemistry, computing, geography, languages, maths or physics. 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.

Find out more on the dedicated scholarship pages:

  • computing: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
  • chemistry: Royal Society of Chemistry
  • geography: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
  • languages: British Council
  • maths: Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships
  • physics: Institute of Physics scholarships

If you’re not successful in your application for a scholarship, and secured a place on a qualifying teacher training course in England you’ll still receive the standard bursary