Funding for PGCE, SCITT and School Direct teacher training

Don't be put off training to be a teacher because you think you can't afford it: there is plenty of financial help available.

If you've a flair for chemistry, physics, computing or maths, you may be eligible for a scholarship or a tax-free bursary of up to £25,000. An eye for design and technology, and that could be a £12,000 bursary. An ear for music could be worth up to £9,000.

Once qualified you will start on a decent salary (the average is around £23,000) with good career development prospects.

In England and Wales, you can apply to your local authority for PGCE funding. This comes as a loan to cover the cost of fees, which you will not have to repay until you have finished studying and are earning over £21,000 a year. Students from England may also be eligible for a student loan for maintenance to help cover living costs or a means testing non-repayable maintenance grant.

Training bursaries for PGCE, SCITT and School Direct

While in England the teaching shortage that prompted the era of the 'golden hello' for initial teacher training (ITT) is now over, there are still bursaries available to trainees on eligible courses in some subject areas where recruitment is still relatively difficult.

Entry requirements

For 2015/16 you will need at least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in most subjects. Physics and maths (including primary maths specialists) are the exception to the 2.2 degree cut-off. Trainees with a B or higher at A level in maths or physics and a 'relevant degree' are eligible for a £9,000 bursary.

2015/16 bursaries

Trainees with a first class degree (or PhD)

  • Physics, chemistry, maths, computing or languages – £25,000
  • Biology – £15,000
  • Primary maths specialist – £12,000 (with at least a B at maths A level)
  • Geography or D&T – £12,000
  • Music and other priority subjects and secondary or primary level – £9,000.

Trainees with a 2.1 (or masters)

  • Physics – £25,000
  • Chemistry, computing, maths and languages – £20,000
  • Biology – £12,000
  • Primary maths specialist – £12,000 (with at least a B at maths A level)
  • Geography or D&T – £9,000
  • Music and other priority subjects and secondary or primary level – £4,000.

Trainees with a 2.2

  • Physics, chemistry, computing, maths or languages – £15,000
  • Primary maths specialist – £12,000 (with at least a B at maths A level)
  • Biology – £10,000
  • Geography, D&T or music – £4,000
  • Other priority subjects and secondary or primary level – £0.

The other priority subjects are currently English, history, RE and primary.

2015/16 scholarships for physics, maths, computing and chemistry

The societies offering the scholarship and mentoring awards are the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Mathematics and its Application and the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to graduates with at least a 2.1 in the subject. Candidates with a 2.2 may also be eligible if they have a significant amount of relevant experience.

School Direct training programme (salaried)

Those with three years' experience they can bring to teaching (not necessarily in education) might also consider the School Direct training programme (salaried) option. In some subjects, such as maths or physics, high calibre candidates with less experience may be considered.

The salaried route covers the cost of the qualified teacher status award and pays a salary comparable with the pay scale for unqualified teachers (or the advertised rate at an academy).

Find out more about salaries for School Direct.