Fees and Funding

Tuition fee routes

The following scholarships and bursaries are available to trainee teachers.

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 the highest relevant academic award and the ITT subject. To receive a bursary or scholarship trainees must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria as either a home or EU student.

Applicants with a degree from outside the UK should refer to the equivalency table to see if their degree is likely to attract a bursary.


Subject Amount
Physics, computing, chemistry, geography, languages £28,000
Secondary mathematics £22,000

Graduates with a 2:1 and above, who are passionate about their subject and have the potential to be inspirational teachers can apply for a scholarship with the appropriate professional body. As well as the financial award, scholars will receive a package of additional benefits provided by the professional bodies.

Trainees with a 2:2 may be awarded a scholarship in exceptional circumstances, if they have significant relevant experience.

Trainees awarded a scholarship cannot also receive a bursary. Trainees who are not awarded a scholarship may be eligible for a bursary, if they meet the eligibility and qualification criteria.


Eligibility 2019 to 2020 Trainee with 1st/PhD 2:1/Master’s 2:2 Other
Physics, biology, chemistry, classics, computing, geography, languages £26,000 £26,000 £26,000 £0
Secondary mathematics £20,000 £20,000 £20,000 £0
English £15,000 £15,000 £15,000 £0
Design and technology, history £12,000 £12,000 £12,000 £0
Music, religious education £9,000 £9,000 £9,000 £0
*Primary mathematics £6,000 £6,000 £6,000 £0

*Primary mathematics trainees, with at least a B at A level in mathematics (or equivalent qualification), will be eligible for a bursary of £6,000.

Secondary mathematics early-career payments

Secondary mathematics trainees will receive 2 additional early-career payments of £5,000 each (£7,500 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 amounts are after tax, so teachers will receive the full amount as stated.

For more information, please read the mathematics early-career payments guidance.

Early Years ITT

The Department for Education (DfE) allocates and funds early years ITT places each academic year. Early years ITT leads to the award of early years teacher status (EYTS).

Training bursaries and training grants are provided to attract high-quality graduates to become early years teachers.

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