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Training Bursaries - 2017/2018

You'll need a first, 2:1 or 2:2 (or equivalent) to be eligible for a bursary or scholarship. If you don't have this class of degree or equivalent, you can still access tuition fee and maintenance loans to help fund your training and cover tuition fees. An overview of the bursaries or scholarships available to train in different subjects can be found below.

Financial incentives for postgraduate non-salaried teacher training courses in 2017/18 by subject:

 

Eligibility 2017 / 20181

Scholarships2

Bursaries

Trainee with 1st / PhD

2:1 / Masters

2:2

Physics

£30,000

£30,000

£25,000

£25,000

Maths

£27,500

£25,000

£25,000

£25,000

Languages 3

£27,500 4

£25,000

£25,000

£25,000

Computing

£27,500

£25,000

£25,000

£25,000

Geography 

£27,500

£25,000

£25,000

£25,000

Chemistry

£27,500

£25,000

£20,000

£20,000

Classics 5

-

£25,000

£25,000

£25,000

Biology 

-

£15,000

£12,000

£10,000

D&T

-

£12,000

£9,000

£0

English

-

£9,000

£9,000

£0

History, Music, RE 

-

£9,000

£4,000

£0

 

1  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 your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider. If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. You can also contact your training provider for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.

2  Trainees in physics, maths, languages, chemistry, geography and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary.

3  Bursaries are available for trainee teachers in modern foreign languages. The core modern foreign languages are French, German and Spanish. Bursaries are also available for other modern or community languages for example: Italian, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Urdu and Bengali.

4  Languages scholarships are only available if you train to teach French, German or Spanish.

5  Bursaries are available to trainees on a classics course where the course is in an ancient language (Latin or Ancient Greek).

You don’t need to apply for a bursary. If you’re enrolled on a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria, you will begin receiving payments automatically when you begin your course. How you’re paid will depend on the amount of financial support you receive.

Funding of £12,000 or less

If you are awarded a bursary of up to £12,000 and study full-time:

  • you will receive the bursary in 10 equal monthly instalments from October to July

Funding of £15,000 or higher

If you are awarded a bursary of £15,000 or over, or a scholarship of £27,500 or £30,000, and study full-time:

  • you will receive 10 equal monthly instalments from October to July, but with additional payments in February and July, or in the final month of your course
  • you will need to be on the course on 1 January to receive the first additional payment in February, and will need to complete the course to receive the second additional payment at the end of your course

Details of the payments are as follows:

  • £15,000: £1,200 each month
  • £20,000: £1,500 each month
  • £25,000: £2,000 each month
  • £27,500: £2,250 each month
  • £30,000: £2,500 each month

For each award an additional amount will be paid in February and July to equate to the full award.

These payments are not taxable, but might be included as part of your capital income if you receive state benefits. Contact your local benefits office to find out how this might affect your situation.

Important information for non-UK EU nationals and EEA citizens following EU referendum result:  European teachers and student teachers are highly valued for their contribution to our children’s education. We would like to reassure you that there will be no immediate changes in the circumstances of European citizens living, studying or working in the UK. The UK is still a member of the EU and remains bound by EU law until the terms of our exit have been determined.

Eligibility

Eligibility for a training bursary is established by the teacher training provider who will confirm the amount a trainee is entitled to. All bursaries are subject to conditions and you are not guaranteed funding, but you may be eligible for financial support.

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