Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Bursary for non-salaried teacher training courses

Trainee teachers may be able to receive a bursary of up to £24,000 from the Department of Education (DfE), depending on course and degree classification.

Bursaries are normally paid in 10 equal monthly instalments from October to July.

You may receive this bursary in addition to the undergraduate funding package from Student Finance England.

Please visit Get into Teaching for further information about the funding available, including bursaries, scholarships, and tuition fee and maintenance loans, as well as the extra financial support available if you are a parent, have an adult dependant, or have a registered disability.

Eligibility criteria

  • Whether you qualify for a bursary, and the level of bursary you receive depends on the teaching subject and the class of degree or highest relevant qualification. Bursaries are available to trainees with a first, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD. 
  • Bursaries can range from £7,000 to £24,000.
  • You must not already be in possession of, or eligible for, Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • You must be eligible to receive student funding.
  • The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that EU students who have settled or pre-settled status will still be eligible for Student Finance and Initial Teacher Training bursaries in 2021/22. EU students must have settled or pre-settled status, so must apply to the EU settlement scheme before the scheme's applications close on 30 June 2021. Guidance for EU students studying in the UK.
  • Further details about funding eligibility.

The following Initial Teacher Training funding is available for our 2021/22 courses:

  • Mathematics – up to £24,000 bursary or £26,000 scholarship
  • Physics – up to £24,000 bursary or £26,000 scholarship
  • Chemistry – up to £24,000 bursary or £26,000 scholarship
  • Languages – up to £10,000 bursary
  • Biology – up to £7,000 bursary 

Please check the Department for Education (DfE) website for full details.

How to apply


You do not need to submit a separate application for the bursary. The university will calculate your bursary based on your qualifications and funding eligibility status. 

Overseas qualifications are assessed according to the guidelines from ENIC, the UK’s National Agency responsible for providing information and opinion on vocational, academic and professional international qualifications, and the DfE bursary tables.

Eligible students will receive a bursary notification prior to the start of the course. 

Once enrolled, eligible students will receive the bursary in 10 monthly instalments from October to July.

Please refer to Get into Teaching for an overview of how bursaries will be paid.


Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. Scholars enjoy a range of prestigious benefits, as well as a higher financial incentive. Find out more and apply to the relevant professional scholarship body.

Further information

In addition to a bursary or scholarship, you may be able to receive the loan package from Student Finance England, which is normally reserved for undergraduate students.

More information about tuition fee and maintenance loans.

You can also find out more about funding your teacher training

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At a glance

Maximum value: Up to £24,000 depending on course
Open to: Full-time UK/EU students with settled or pre-settled status 
Studying at level: Postgraduate
The information on this page applies to students starting courses in these academic years (as indicated): 2021/22