Tuition fees for all programmes leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) are £8100.

For QTS with PGCert the tuition fee will be £9250.

You could get £26,000 tax-free while you train, either as a bursary or prestigious scholarship


Financial support for trainee teachers is very positive. You could get £26,000 tax-free while you train, either as a bursary or prestigious scholarship. There is also the teachers’ student loan reimbursement scheme which you may be entitled to depending upon your subject specialism and local authority in which you decide to go on to teach in.


Financial incentives are available for postgraduate non-salaried teacher trainees studying high priority subjects.

Your eligibility for financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject you choose to teach and your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification. Financial incentives are offered to trainees intending to train to teach the subjects in the table below.

Eligibility 2020/2021
Scholarships Bursary (Trainee with 1st, 2.1, 2.2, PhD or Master’s)
Chemistry, computing, languages, mathematics and physics £28,000 £26,000
Biology and classics £26,000
Geography £17,000 £15,000
Design and technology £15,000
English £12,000
Art and design, business studies, history, music, and religious education £9,000
Primary with mathematics £6,000


You don’t need to apply for a bursary – if you are enrolled on our non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria, you will begin receiving payments automatically from Star Institute. You will receive more information on the arrangements and how this is distributed prior to the start of your course.

  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. Computing Scholarship; As an alternative to a bursary, if you have at least a 2:1, you could be eligible for a scholarship of £28,000 from the BSC Academy of Computing. Please visit the BCS website for more information:

Tax-free, £28,000 scholarships with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) are available to chemistry trainees with a 2:1 or higher.  Please visit the RSC website for further information.

As an alternative to a bursary, if you have at least a 2:1, you could be eligible for a scholarship of £22,000 from the Institute of Mathematics and its Application (IMA), in collaboration with the London Mathematical Society (LMS), the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI).  Please visit the IMA website for more information.

The Institute of Physics (IOP) will award scholarships to the very best individuals who impress with their academic record, physics subject knowledge and commitment to teaching.  If you’re awarded a scholarship, you are guaranteed £28,000 to support you throughout your teacher training year. You’ll also get free IOP membership and mentoring support from a specialist physics teacher for up to two years. Please visit the IOP website for more information.

The Royal Geographical Society are awarding 80 scholarships to the most gifted candidates training to teach geography.  As a geography scholar, you’ll receive £28,000 tax-free to support your training year. This also includes a range of other professional benefits to help you succeed in your training and teaching career. To apply for a geography scholarship you will need to complete an online application through The Royal Geographical Society with IBG website.
Languages scholarships from the British Council are an alternative option to bursaries and are only awarded to the most gifted language trainees. You’ll be guaranteed £28,000 to help towards your training year – that’s £2,500 more than a bursary. You’ll also receive additional support not available to trainees receiving a bursary. For further information about the scheme please visit the British Council website.

As an alternative to a bursary, if you have at least a 2:1, you could be eligible for a scholarship of £28,000 from the BSC Academy of Computing. Please visit the BCS website for more information:

For further information on bursaries and scholarships visit the Get into Teaching website.

Student Finance England: Tuition Fee Loan

If you are on our non-salaried postgraduate teacher training course, you’ll have to pay tuition fees.

Home and EEA students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees. This is available through Student Finance England. You won’t have to pay the cost of tuition charges up front and you will only repay the loan once you are in full-time employment and earning above £21,000.

Student Finance England: Maintenance Loan for Living Costs

Home students in England may also be eligible for a maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs. EU students can’t apply for Maintenance Loans. The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of term. You have to pay the loan back. This is available through Student Finance England.

Early-career payments: chemistry, languages, mathematics and physics

Chemistry, languages, mathematics and physics trainees will receive 3 additional early-career payments of £2,000 each (or £3,000 each if teaching in specified areas of England) in their second, third and fourth year of teaching, if they have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing their teacher training course. These amounts are after tax, so teachers will receive the full amount as stated.