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Teaching students

Undergraduate students

Fees for 2014/15
Course Home EU International
BA(Hons) with QTS £9,000 £9,000 £10,5002
FdA Teaching and Learning Support1 £6,200 £6,200 £10,5002
BA(Hons) Working with Children and Families1 £9,000 £9,000 £10,5002

1Part-time courses are billed pro-rata based on full-time duration. For more information, visit the part-time finance page.
2An early payment discount of £1,000 is available

Student loans

Primary Student Teaching Numbers If 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 2014/15 academic year is £9,000 for UK and EU students and £10,800 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 available for 2014/15

Physics, Maths Computing Chemistry Modern Foreign Languages English, Geography, History, Music, Biology, Design and Technology and Primary
Scholarship1 £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 N/A N/A
Trainee with first £20,000 £20,000 £20,000 £20,000
£9,000
2.1 £20,000 £20,000 £15,000 £15,000 £4,000
2.2 £15,000 £15,000 £12,000 £12,000 £0
Other2 £9,000 £0 £0 £0 £0
Free school meals (FSM) premium 25% premium paid on the above bursaries to School Direct trainees whose training is based in a school where more than 35% of pupils are eligible of free school meals

1Trainees 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 2014/15.

2Trainee teachers in maths and physics with a relevant degree and at least a B at A-level in maths or physics (or equivalent) will be eligible for a bursary of £9,000. Trainees will not be entitled to this bursary if they are also entitled to a higher bursary based on degree class. 

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 will receive more information on the arrangements and how this is distributed prior to the start of your course.

For bursary awards up to £13,750:

  • Trainees will receive the bursary in equal monthly instalments for the duration of their course.
  • Trainees are advised to confirm the actual monthly amounts that will be paid with their ITT provider.

For bursary awards of £15,000 or over:

  • Trainees will continue to receive equal monthly instalments for the duration of their course, but this will be enhanced by larger payments in February and July, or in the final month of the trainee's course.
  • The trainee would need to be on the course at 1 January to receive the first enhanced payment in February, and would need to have completed the course to receive the second payment at the end of their programme.

Discretionary bursary

In exceptional circumstances, trainees may receive a higher bursary than their degree classification would otherwise allow, for instance, trainees with a 2.2 and a PhD or proven exceptional subject knowledge gained from another career. 

To be eligible to apply for the discretionary bursary, you must be eligible for the standard training bursary.

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 2014/15 academic year. A 25 percent premium will be paid to School Direct trainees who undertake the majority of their training in a school where more than 35 percent of pupils are eligible for free school meals.

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 2014/15 academic year. A 25 per cent premium will be paid to School Direct trainees whose training is based in a school where more than 35 per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals.

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 2014/15 academic year. A 25 per cent premium will be paid to School Direct trainees whose training is based in a school where more than 35 per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals.

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) is offering 150 scholarships worth £25,000 to physics trainees starting their teacher training in 2014. A 25 percent premium will be paid to School Direct trainees who undertake the majority of their training in a school where more than 35 percent of pupils are eligible for free school meals.

The scholarship is worth £25,000 and includes benefits such as IoP membership and teaching support from IoP mentors. For further information and details of how to apply, visit the IoP website.

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

Religious Education grants

For 2014-15, 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 Papers The 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.