The UK Government offers generous, tax-free bursaries to people who are interested in teaching in-demand subjects in English schools.
Teacher training bursaries of £24,000 are available to graduates in the following subjects who have at least a 2:2 (or a Masters / PhD):
Meanwhile, teaching bursaries of between £7,000 and £10,000 are offered to graduates who have at least a 2:2 or a Masters / PhD in these subjects:
For more information on teacher training bursaries and eligibility, please visit Get Into Teaching, the UK government’s website on teacher training finance.
Who is eligible for a PGCE bursary?
Eligibility is based on the criteria set by Student Finance England. In practice, this means that you could be entitled to financial support if you’re a UK national and enrolled on a teacher training course that charges tuition fees and leads to qualified teacher status (QTS) in England. International students may also be eligible under certain circumstances.
How do I apply for a PGCE bursary?
Applying for a teaching bursary couldn’t be any easier – in fact, you don’t actually need to apply! All you need to do is make sure you’re enrolled on a fee-based postgraduate teacher training programme, meet the relevant eligibility criteria, and your training provider will automatically begin the payment once you start the course.
How are PGCE bursaries paid?
PGCE bursaries are paid in 10 equal monthly instalments, running from October to July. So, if you receive a £24,000 bursary, you’ll get ten monthly payments of £2,400.
Your teacher training provider will administer these payments, so it’s a good idea to confirm the schedule with them.
Although your bursary isn’t taxable, it might be counted as capital income if you receive state benefits. Check with your local benefits office to see how it might affect your status.