The Bursary
Route

The recommended route for most applicants, providing a gradual introduction to teaching

The bursary route provides a gradual increase in responsibility, which allows you more time to get to grips with the classroom. This route is the most appropriate for candidates with limited or no experience of secondary education or working with young people. Through a structured programme of shadowing and observing, you’ll meet the same standards as any other trainee by the end of Year 1, to achieve qualified teacher status. 

In addition to a generous, tax-free bursary or scholarship worth up to £26,000, the bursary route offers many different types of financial support. Depending on your circumstances, you could receive all of these. You can read more about this below. 

Bursary Route: Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the bursary for my subject? 

Bursaries amounts are set by the Department for Education and are available for the following subjects only:

Maths – £26,000
Physics – £26,000
Chemistry – £26,000
Computer Science – £26,000
Modern Languages – £10,000
Classics* – £10,000
Biology – £7,000

*Bursaries are available to trainees on a classics course where the course is in an ancient language (Latin or Ancient Greek)

A full overview of the bursaries and scholarships available, as well as full terms and conditions, can be found on the Department for Education’s website. The amount you will be eligible for will be equivalent in value to whichever is the higher of the available scholarship or bursary for your training subject.

Do I pay tuition fees on this route? What support is available? 

Yes. On this route, you will be required to pay tuition fees. The precise amount will vary depending on your training provider and can cost up to £9,250. However, a range of financial support is on offer to help you with this.

You are able to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and a separate Maintenance Loan to help you cover the cost and provide addition support with living costs. Eligibility rules apply, see the Department for Education’s website for details

There’s also Additional financial support available if you’re a parent or have a disability

Do I need to apply for the bursary separately?

You don’t need to apply for a bursary. You will begin receiving payments automatically from your chosen teacher training provider when you begin your course. You’ll receive this in 10 equal monthly instalments from October to July.

Details of the payments are as follows:

Biology: £700 each month
Classics, Modern Languages: £1,000 each month
Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science: £2,600 each month

You’re advised to confirm the actual payment schedule with your teacher training provider. 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.

What is the financial support for Year 2 onwards? 

Once you’ve completed Year 1, you will begin to receive a salary. As a RIS participant you will be paid at least M1 of the main teacher payscale in Year 2 of the programme and at least M2 of the main teacher pay scale in Year 3 of the programme. This salary will vary according to your location. For illustration, you can view the 2020-21 teacher pay scales here