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How to fund non-salaried teacher training

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Funding for PGCE

Funding in England

Unlike other postgraduate degrees, study for a PGCE and train via School Direct or School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT), and you will be eligible for government funding.

Tuition fee and maintenance loans are awarded according to the same criteria as undergraduate loans. See our fees section for specific information.

Bursaries and scholarships for teacher training

PGCE, School Direct and SCITT trainees studying in England and originating from the UK and EU are usually eligible for a tax-free bursary from the government.

Eligibility and the amount you’ll receive depend on the subject you study and your undergraduate degree classification. There are also some scholarships available, but note that you may not be able to receive a bursary as well as a scholarship*.

See the grid below* for what is available in the 2019–20 academic year for an idea of what funding you could get. Where there is no value listed, candidates are ineligible.

 

Scholarships*

Bursaries for trainees with 1st, 2:1, 2:2 PhD or master's

Early career payments*

Biology

--

£26,000

--

Chemistry

£28,000

£26,000 --
Classics*

--

£26,000 --
Computing

£28,000

£26,000 --
D&T, History

--

£12,000 --
English

--

£15,000 --
Geography

£28,000

£26,000 --

Languages*

£28,000

£26,000 --

Maths*

£22,000 £20,000 £10,000
Music, RE

--

£9,000 --

Physics

£28,000 £26,000 --

Primary with maths*

-- £6,000 --

*Please see the Department for Eduation's table for full information and terms and conditions.

Degree holders from outside the UK and EU may also be eligible for a bursary or scholarship. Please see the Government’s overseas equivalency table for more information.

Funding in Wales

If you’re a PGCE student in Wales, you are eligible for government funding. Tuition fee and maintenance loans are awarded according to the same criteria as undergraduate loans. See our fees section for more information.

In addition, as a Welsh domiciled student, you’ll have access to a training grant of around £5,200.

Subject-specific grants

You may also eligible for tax-free training grants. The amount you get varies each year. It depends on the subject you study and the classification of your undergraduate degree.

See the grid below for financial support in the academic year 2018–19 to get an idea of what funding you could get. 

 

Trainees w/ a 1st

Trainees w/ a 2:1

Trainees w/ a 2:2

High Priority Subjects – Mathematics, physics, chemistry, Welsh, computer sciences

£20,000

£10,000

£6,000

Medium Priority Subjects – Modern languages

£15,000

£6,000

--

All other secondary subjects and primary

£3,000

--

--

Primary trainees with a degree in English, Welsh, mathematics or sciences

£3,000

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See more information from the DiscoverTeaching website.