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Core and School Direct PGCE Scholarships and Bursaries


Bursaries are available for a variety of subjects to encourage graduates to enter the teaching profession. You do not need to apply for a bursary; if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically receive it. Applicants may be eligible for a bursary if they have a 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s.

If you train to teach Chemistry, Computing, Mathematics or Physics, you could receive a tax-free bursary of up to £27,000.

Alternatively, if you’re interested in teaching Languages, bursaries of up to £25,000 are available for trainees in French, German and Spanish. They are also available for all other languages, including ancient languages.

If you’re interested in teaching Geography, you may be eligible to receive a bursary of up to £25,000.

For those who’d like to train to teach Biology or Design and Technology, there are bursaries of £20,000 available, and a bursary of £15,000 for training to teach English.

These are just a few of the various forms of financial support available for eligible graduates on postgraduate routes into teacher training. However, funding amounts will vary depending on the subject you intend to teach and your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification.

Visit Get Into Teaching and the Department for Education for information about other subjects that are eligible, as well as more information on 2023-24 bursaries.

For further information, you can also visit the initial teacher training (ITT) funding for 2023-2024 section of the government website.

Please be aware that all bursaries are subject to conditions; you are not guaranteed funding, but you may be eligible for financial support. The teacher training provider will determine eligibility and confirm the amount you’re entitled to.


Scholarships are available to graduates with a 1st, 2:1, Master's or PhD degree within the relevant subject area. In exceptional circumstances, a scholarship may be awarded to a graduate with a 2:2 and significant relevant experience. Scholarships are aimed at graduates who are passionate about their subject, and who have the potential to be inspirational teachers.

The following scholarships are available:

  • £29,000 in chemistry, computing, mathematics and physics
  • £27,000 in French, German and Spanish (no other languages)


Awarded by the relevant scholarship body, scholarships come with a range of additional benefits including:

  • membership to the professional body
  • access to classroom resources
  • continuing professional development (CPD).


If you are not awarded a scholarship, you’ll be eligible to apply for a standard bursary.


Tuition fee loan

If you’re on a postgraduate teacher training course which is not salaried, you will have to pay tuition fees. A Tuition Fee Loan is available to cover course costs, even if you already have a student loan. 

No upfront costs

If you already have a student loan from 2012 or later, or if you've no previous student loans, you will only pay the cost of tuition charges once you’re in full-time employment and earning above £25,000. Loans before 2012 have a different repayment threshold. You can calculate an estimate of your loan repayments on the GOV.UK website.

Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged. This is available through Student Finance England.

Maintenance Loan

Home students in England may also be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs. This is available through Student Finance England.

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Your tuition fees and any other bursary or financial support depend on your status as a home, European Union (EU) or overseas student. All bursaries are subject to conditions and you are not guaranteed funding, but you may be eligible for financial support.

Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to apply for this support via your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI).

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Please note: Information is correct at time of writing but may be subject to change without notice. For the latest information and confirmation of amounts and eligibility please visit Department for Education.