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Fees and Funding

Tuition fee routes to QTS

On Tuition Fee routes, the trainee is liable for the university tuition fees payable to Middlesex University, totalling £9,250.

Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). These are also referred to as the Non-Salaried route or the PGCE/PGCert routes to QTS.

Availability is dependent on the highest relevant academic qualification held by the trainee, and the subject they wish to train in. To receive a bursary or scholarship trainees must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria as either a home or EU student.

Applicants with a degree from outside the UK should refer to the equivalency table to see if their degree is likely to attract a bursary, or should consult their chosen training provider.

Please note - for trainees on Tuition Fee routes to QTS, there would be no employment contract between the trainee and the employing school/schools.

Postgraduate bursaries and scholarships

Subject Scholarship Bursary (Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s)
Chemistry, computing, geography, languages, and physics £28,000 £26,000
Biology and classics no scholarship available £26,000
Secondary mathematics £22,000 £20,000
English no scholarship available £15,000
Design and technology, history no scholarship available £12,000
Music, religious education no scholarship available £9,000
Primary with mathematics no scholarship available £6,000

Graduates with a 2:1 and above can apply for a scholarship with the appropriate professional body. As well as the financial award, scholars will receive a package of additional benefits provided by the professional bodies.

Trainees with a 2:2 may be awarded a scholarship in exceptional circumstances, if they have significant relevant experience.

Trainees awarded a scholarship cannot also receive a bursary. Trainees who are not awarded a scholarship may be eligible for a bursary, if they meet the eligibility and qualification criteria.

Secondary mathematics early-career payments

Secondary mathematics trainees will receive two additional early-career payments of £5,000 each (or £7,500 each if teaching in specified areas of England) in their third and fifth year of teaching, if they have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing their teacher training course. These amounts are after tax, so teachers will receive the full amount as stated.

For more information, please read the mathematics early-career payments guidance.

Undergraduate bursary

A training bursary for final year undergraduates of £9,000 is available for trainees on courses in secondary mathematics and physics that lead to qualified teacher status (QTS). The bursary is available to undergraduate trainees who enrol on a QTS course starting in the 2019 to 2020 academic year, and is payable in the final year of their course.

The same £9,000 training bursary is available to trainees on an opt-in secondary undergraduate mathematics, physics, computing or languages course that leads to QTS. The bursary is available to undergraduate trainees who enrol on a QTS course in the 2019 to 2020 academic year, and is payable in the final year of their course.

For both of these courses, trainees who are on a 4-year undergraduate course that leads to the award of QTS and that also leads to the award of a Master’s degree receive a £9,000 bursary in both the third and fourth years of their course.

Troops to Teachers undergraduate bursary

A training bursary worth £40,000 is available for undergraduate veterans who have left full time employment from the British Army, Royal Air Force or Royal Navy no more than 5 years before the start of their course.

The bursary will be provided in equal monthly instalments in each of the final two years of the course, with £20,000 payable in each year. You are advised to confirm the actual payment schedule with your ITT provider.

The bursary is available to undergraduate trainees who enrol on an eligible ITT course that leads to QTS in secondary biology, physics, chemistry, computing, mathematics or languages, beginning in the 2019 to 2020 academic year.

Salaried routes to QTS

On the School Direct (salaried) training route the full costs of training and the tuition fees (payable to the university) are met by the employing school.

The successful candidate will be paid a full-time salary by the employing host school commensurate with the ‘unqualified teacher pay range 2019-20’, at a level depending on your qualifications and experience.

The current unqualified teacher pay range for 2018-19 is shown below. Please note - the pay range for 2019-20 is not yet available, so the figures shown below are indicative of the likely pay range a Salaried trainee will be offered.

Point Gross Salary
1 £20,441
2 £22,443
3 £24,445
4 £26,450
5 £28,450
6 £30,452


The tuition fee for this course will be covered by the employing school.

Trainees on salaried programmes are not eligible for bursaries or scholarships.

Please note - for trainees on Salaried routes to QTS, there would be a fixed term 1 year contract between the trainee and the employing school from September 1st to the end of the academic year.

In our partnership we have had a significant number of trainees finding permanent employment with the school they trained in. It is highly possible that the employing school might make an offer of permanent employment earlier than the end of the academic year, subject to the trainee achieving QTS.