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
  • Bursaries up to £26,000 for all trainees with a 2:2 or higher in the highest priority subjects; physics, languages, chemistry, biology, computing, geography and classics.
  • A £20,000 bursary for maths trainees followed by two additional early-career payments of £5k each (£7,500 if teaching in local authority areas where teachers are most needed) in their third and fifth year of teaching, if they have taught in a state school in England since completing their teacher training course.
  • Bursaries for English trainees have been increased to £15,000 for all trainees with a 2:2 or higher.

For more information, visit the National College for Teaching and Leadership website:

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. Successful scholars will receive £28,000 tax-free in all subjects except maths, where scholars will receive £22,000 tax-free.

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.