Funding varies depending on your previous qualifications and the subject you want to teach.

Undergraduate teaching courses

You are entitled to the same funding as other undergraduate courses.

Find out more about budgeting, deadlines and applying for these loans, grants and scholarships on our Fees and Funding pages.

Postgraduate teacher-training

Financial support and bursaries vary from course to course and are dependent on certain eligibility criteria, such as the class of undergraduate degree you apply with.

Tuition fee loan: Primary and Secondary teacher-training Home and EU / EEA students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees. This is available through Student Finance England. You won't have to pay the cost of tuition charges up front, and you will only repay the loan once you're in full-time employment and earning above £21,000.

Maintenance loan: You may also be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs – amounts are dependent on household income and if you're living with your parents.

If you're an EU / EEA national, you may be eligible for help with living costs, and you could apply for a maintenance loan as a UK national if you've been living in the UK for more than five years before the first day of the first academic year of your course.

More details about these grants and the funding arrangements for trainees from the EU can be found at GOV.UK.


Bursaries are available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership. These are allocated to subject areas where they think there may be a shortage of teachers.

Bursaries are available for PGCE Early Years, PGCE Primary, PGCE Secondary and School Direct (non-salaried) courses. You don’t need to apply for a bursary. If you are eligible it will be paid automatically.

For the latest information about bursaries and funding, visit the National College for Teaching and Leadership website.

Teaching subjectBursaries for September 2018
Trainee with first or PhDTrainee with 2.1 or master'sTrainee with 2.2
Design and Technology£12,000£9,000£0
Early Years£5,000£4,000£2,000

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.

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

Scholarships 2018

Scholarships are available for trainees wanting to teach Chemistry, Computing, Geography, Languages, Mathematics or Physics. You should have at least a 2.1 degree or above, although you can apply if you have a 2.2, and evidence of significant relevant experience. If you are awarded one of these scholarships, you do not also receive the bursary, but could benefit from memberships, mentors and a host of other advantages.