10 Mar 2021

FE teacher training grants and bursaries


Find out about bursaries and grants available to support you if you're looking to train to teach in the Further Education and training sector. 

Full details, including eligibility criteria and qualifying subjects, are available in the Department for Education bursaries and grants funding manuals, which together with the application forms are now available here

  • Applications are welcome from everyone irrespective of background but, as ethnic minority groups are currently under-represented in the FE teaching workforce, applications from members of these groups are encouraged.
  • Applications are considered in the order in which they are received and the DfE aims to confirm whether or not they have awarded a bursary/grant as soon as possible.
  • Eligible applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the available funding has been exhausted.

Subject/ Bursary awards (same as 2020 /2021) 

  • Mathematics: £26,000 
  • Science, including Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics: £26,000 
  • Engineering (and/or manufacturing): £26,000 Computing: £26,000 
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND): £15,000 
  • English: £12,000

COVID-19: teaching expectation 

"..... Our current advice confirms that a full curriculum should continue to be made available to trainees, including 100 hours of teaching practice and relevant observations, with the intention of completing their qualification on time." 

Changes to eligibility criteria

To be eligible to receive a bursary a trainee must:

  • have achieved a standard equivalent to English GCSE grade 4 (C) or above and Maths GCSE grade 4 (C) or above 
  • not be on an apprenticeship programme

Course information

You may like to take a look at the teacher training programmes offered by Newcastle College School of Education.


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