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PGCE bursaries and scholarships

If you are a UK or EU student joining the PGCE programme you may be eligible for a Government training bursary or scholarship.

The bursary/ scholarship amount is based on the highest previous qualification that you have attained to date. Only UK and EU students will be eligible for the training bursary.

Students with an overseas degree will be eligible for a bursary if their degree is equivalent to a UK honours degree. If you are unsure about the equivalency of your degree, please email

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.

There is no application form eligible students only need to provide bank details.

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PGCE Scholarships

If you have been awarded PGCE training scholarship please email us copy of your approved award to

Please note: scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary.

PGCE bursary entitlement 2019/201

SUBJECTBursaries for academic degree 2:2 and aboveScholarships 3
Maths 2 £20,000 + ( 2 x  £5000) £22,000
(Early-career payments: £10,000 2)
Physics  £26,000 £28,000
Chemistry  £26,000 £28,000
Languages 4  £26,000 5 £28,000
Geography  £26,000 £28,000
Biology £26,000  N/A
English £15,000 N/A
History £12,000 N/A
RE £9,000 N/A
  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. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI). 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. You could receive £30k or £32k in total - £20k as a tax-free bursary or £22k scholarship with additional payments of £10k after tax once in teaching. You'll need to have completed a non-salaried teacher training course and received a bursary or scholarship in the academic years 2018/19 or 2019/2020. You’ll receive two additional early-career payments of £5k each in your third and fifth year of teaching - enhancements to these payments are available if you teach in specified areas in England. You must have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing your teacher training course. View the full terms and conditions.
  3. 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. 
  4. Bursaries are available for trainees in French, German and Spanish. They are also available for other modern, community or ancient languages. The full list of eligible languages can be found on GOV.UK.
  5. Languages scholarships are only available if you train to teach French, German or Spanish.