Training Bursaries

There is a host of information available from the Department for Education on the provision and eligibility of training bursaries at the link below

Note that there is specific guidance regarding eligibility if you are a non-UK EU national or an EEA citizen in the light of the referendum result.

» Department for Education – Bursaries and funding overview

Key information about Bursaries has been summarised here:

Training Bursaries may be an option for you if you have a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 (or equivalent) class of degree.

Your eligibility for a Training Bursary is established by the teacher training provider as part of the application process.  Training Bursaries, and the funds available, are conditional and the table below outlines the subjects they relate to and the relevant criteria to access the funds.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you do not need to apply for a Training Bursary, as once you begin the programme, you will receive monthly bursary payments between October and July.

This ‘Bursaries & Scholarships Table 2018-2019’ gives you some idea of the funding that may be available to you.

– See Note 1
ITT Subject/Phase
Physics Mathematics,
Chemistry Biology English History Primary
– See Note 2
£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.


Bursary awards of £12,000 or less

Bursary awards of £12,000 or less are paid in 10 equal monthly instalments from October to July.


Bursary awards of £15,000 or more

Bursary awards of £15,000 or more for full-time courses are paid so that you receive equal monthly instalments throughout the year, with additional payments made at two points within the year.

The first additional payments should be paid in the February of the trainee’s ITT course. The second should be paid in either July (or the final month in which the trainee successfully completes their ITT course).

To receive the additional payments, you must:

  • be present on the course on the date of each payment;
  • in the case of the first payment, be present on the course on 1 January; and,
  • in the case of the second payment, complete the ITT course.