Tuition and Bursaries

Financial support when you need it most

Tuition fees and bursaries vary depending on which route you’re following, and your status as a home, EU or overseas student.


School Direct Training Route: Fees are £8,750 for QTS only and £9,000 for QTS with PGCE. You’ll pay in two instalments – 75% by 1 September and the remainder by 31 October.

School Direct (Salaried) Training Route: You don’t pay anything for a QTS only, and it’s £3,750 for QTS with PGCE. This is due by 1 September. As it’s a salaried route, you won’t be able to apply for financial support so will need to self-fund.

Financial Support

You may be eligible for certain assistance, including: Tuition fee loan to cover your fees in full. Maintenance loan for living costs and/or a Maintenance grant if your household income is below £42,620. Extra financial support if you have a disability or dependants. You may also be eligible for exemption from council tax, and you’ll be able to apply for an NUS card.

For more information visit Student Finance England.


Depending on your chosen subject, you may be able to receive a Government bursary. This is paid monthly, is not taxable and doesn’t need to be repaid. We’ll give you all the information you need before you start your course, but below is a breakdown of what you could be eligible for.

Eligibility 2017/18 1

Name Scholarship 2 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
Primary Maths 6 - £6,000 £6,000 £6,000
Primary - £3,000 £0 £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).

6. Bursaries are available to trainees on either primary maths specialist courses or primary general (with mathematics) courses with at least grade B maths A level or equivalent. Trainees on other primary courses may be eligible for the standard primary bursary.

School Direct Salaried

If you’re on this programme you’ll be employed on a one-year contract as an unqualified teacher on a minimum of point one of the unqualified teacher pay scale. This is paid monthly from September to August. You’ll be classed as supernumerary which means you always have another teacher alongside you giving you support and feedback. We can’t guarantee you a job at the end of the course, but our employment rate for trainees is impressively high.


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