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Teaching students

Undergraduate students

Fees for 2016/17
Course Home EU International
BA (Hons) with QTS £9,000 £9,000 £10,500
FdA Teaching and Learning Support1 £7,000 £7,000 £10,500
Bridge to QTS £210 £210 £300
BA (Hons) Education Studies £9,000 £9,000 £10,500
BA (Hons) Working with Children and Families1 £9,000 £9,000 £10,500

1Part-time courses are billed pro-rata based on full-time duration. For more information, visit the part-time finance page.

Student loans

Primary Student Teaching NumbersIf you are a UK or EU student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan. Students from England may also be eligible for a maintenance loan (up to £5,500) and a maintenance grant (up to £3,354).

For more information about undergraduate student funding and how to apply, visit our undergraduate student finance page

PGCE students

This information is for university-based and non-salaried school direct students. 

Student Teaching Factors

The tuition fee for the 2016/17 academic year is £9,000 for UK and EU students and £10,500 for international students.

Student loans

If you are a UK or EU student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which you only start to pay back when you are earning over £21,000 (if you're from England) or £15,795 (if you're from Scotland). UK students may also be eligible for a maintenance loan (up to £5,500) and a maintenance grant (up to £3,354). For more information about student loans and how to apply, visit our undergraduate student finance page.

Bursary scheme

The National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) will award training bursaries based on the subject studied and the degree classification achieved. For example, a trainee with a first in Chemistry is eligible for a larger bursary than a trainee with a 2.2. The aim is to recruit trainees with good degrees in the subject areas where it is hardest to recruit teachers.

For more details, please contact the enquiries centre.

Bursaries for 2016/17
 Scholarship11st/PhD2:1/Masters2:2Other
Physics £30,000 £30,000 £25,000 £25,000 £9,0002
Maths £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 £9,0002
Chemistry, Computing £25,000 £25,000 £20,000 £20,000 £0
Modern Foreign Languages N/A  £25,000 £25,000 £20,000 £0
Biology N/A £20,000 £15,000 £15,000 £0
Geography N/A  £15,000 £15,000 £15,000  £0
Design and Technology N/A  £12,000  £9,000  £0  £0 

English, History, Religious Education, Music

N/A £9,000 £4,000 £0 £0
Primary maths3 N/A  £6,000  £6,000  £6,000  £3,000 
Primary N/A £3,000 £3,000 £0 £0

1Trainees in maths, physics, chemistry and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. Trainees who hold the scholarship will not also be eligible for the standard Department for Education (DfE) bursary. Trainees who are not awarded a scholarship will continue to be eligible for the standard bursaries in 2016/17.

2Trainee teachers in maths and physics may be eligible for a bursary of £9,000 without a 2:2 classification. To qualify for this bursary, the trainee must have a degree in a relevant subject, with at least a B at A-level in maths, further maths or physics (or equivalent). Trainees will not be entitled to this bursary if they are also entitled to a higher bursary based on degree class.

3Bursaries 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 will be eligible for the standard primary bursary.

Further information on the bursary scheme is available on the NCTL website.

About bursary payments

Bursary payments are processed automatically for eligible candidates by their chosen teacher training provider. You receive confirmation of your entitlement by email from the Admissions Office once acceptable evidence of degree outcome has been received. Emails will be sent from April onwards.

Bursaries up to £12,000 will be paid in 10 equal monthly instalments from October to July.

Bursaries of £15,000 or more (including scholarships) will have a proportion (approximately 75-80%) paid in 10 equal monthly instalments from October to July with two additional payments in February and July (or completing month).

Chemistry scholarship

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has teacher training scholarships worth £25,000 available to chemistry trainees starting their teacher training in the 2016/17 academic year.

The RSC is looking for individuals who are passionate about chemistry, have the potential to be an exceptional chemistry teacher and can therefore inspire the next generation of chemists. In addition to the funding, RSC Scholars will have access to a wide variety of RSC support including membership and networking opportunities. For more information and details of how to apply, visit the RSC website.

Trainees who hold the scholarship will not be eligible for the standard NCTL bursary.

Computer Science scholarship

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is offering teacher training scholarships worth £25,000 available to computer science trainees starting their teacher training in the 2016/17 academic year.

Applicants should have a thorough knowledge of school level computer science. Scholars will have access to BCS membership and early career mentoring opportunities with schools, universities and major employers. For more information, visit the BCS website.

Trainees who hold this scholarship will not be eligible for the standard NCTL bursary.

Mathematics scholarship

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), has teacher training scholarships of £25,000 available to mathematics trainees starting their teacher training in the 2016/17 academic year.

To be a mathematics scholar you will need to have exceptional subject knowledge, enthusiasm for the study of mathematics, and outstanding potential to teach. Successful scholars will be offered additional support from the IMA, LMS, RSS and MEI to enable them to make a significant contribution to the development of mathematics teaching in the schools where they train and work. The package will include membership offers, access to teaching resources and academic journals, and early career support. For more information, visit the IMA website.

Trainees who hold this scholarship will not be eligible for the standard NCTL bursary.

Physics scholarship

The Institute of Physics (IOP) has teacher training scholarships of £30,000 available to physics trainees starting their teacher training in the 2016/17 academic year.

To be an IOP Scholar you will need to have outstanding knowledge of school-level physics and the potential to become an inspirational physics teacher. Each scholarship also includes a package of benefits including IOP membership and early career mentoring. There are a number of application rounds for the year. To apply and to view the full eligibility criteria visit the IoP website.

Trainees who hold the scholarship will not be eligible for the standard NCTL bursary.

Religious Education grants

For 2016/17, trainees in secondary RE could be eligible to apply to one of the Church College Trusts for a grant towards course expenses or living expenses.

All trusts welcome applications from any trainee regardless of religion or belief. However, some trusts may favour trainees in particular geographical locations.

Find out how to apply.

School direct students with salaried places

If you have secured a salaried place on the school direct programme, you won't have to pay any tuition fees. Your host school will pay your fees in full and you will earn a salary in line with the unqualified teacher pay scale.

Unfortunately, salaried school direct students are not eligible for bursaries or any other student funding.

Continuing professional development

Teacher Looking Up From Marking PapersThe tuition fees for continuing professional development (CPD) courses vary depending on the number of credits and the intensity of the course. The fee for each course can be found on its course page.

The tuition fees for CPD courses may be paid by the student or a sponsor. Find out more about paying tuition fees.