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:

An overview of the generous bursaries and scholarships available can be found in the table below. You’ll need a first, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s to be eligible for a bursary or scholarship.

The Financial Offer for maths

Subject Maths

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Early career payments ²

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The scholarships and bursaries for other subjects

Eligibility 2019/2020 1
Scholarships ³


Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Masters

Physics £28,000 £26,000
Chemistry £28,000 £26,000
Languages 4 £28,000 5 £26,000
Computing £28,000 £26,000
Geography £28,000 £26,000
Biology £26,000
English £15,000
D&T, History £12,000
Music, RE £9,000


  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. 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 can also contact your training provider for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.
  2. You could receive £30k or £32k in total – £20k as a tax-free bursary or £22k scholarship with additional payments of £10k 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 years 2018/19 or 2019/2020. You’ll receive two additional early-career payments of £5k each in your third and fifth 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.
  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.
  4. Bursaries are available for trainees in French, German and Spanish. They are also available for other modern, community or ancient languages.
  5. Languages scholarships are only available if you train to teach French, German or Spanish.


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.