Secondary Teacher Training (11-16)
The majority of our trainees are on the SCITT Core (self-funded) route. This programme is self funded by the trainee.
What is the cost of the course?
- For secondary fee funded trainees, the course fees are £7,000 in total for 'QTS only'.
- If you decide to do the PGCE uplift, it is an extra £2,200 making the total course cost £9,200.
,How can I pay the course tuition fees?
- Self finance: you can fund the SCITT tuition fees through private finance.
- Tuition fee loan: you can apply to Student Finance England (SFE) for a loan to cover your SCITT course fees. You will need to meet the eligibility requirements for the loan, which are explained on the website https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/who-qualifies
- Tax free bursaries or scholarships: 'High demand' secondary subjects attract a bursary or scholarship which trainees can apply for. Availability is dependent on the highest relevant academic award and the ITT subject. To receive a bursary or scholarship, trainees may need to 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 will need to check their eligibility for a bursary. Get into Teaching will also provide guidance on equivalent qualifications.
BURSARY INFORMATION 2023/24:
The DfE have confirmed the following bursaries are available for trainees:
- £27,000 in chemistry, computing, mathematics and physics
- £25,000 in geography and languages (including ancient languages)
- £20,000 in biology and design and technology
- £15,000 in English
Applicants may be eligible for a bursary if they have a 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or master’s.
SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION 2023/24:
The DfE have confirmed the following scholarships are available:
- £29,000 in chemistry, computing, mathematics and physics
- £27,000 in French, German and Spanish (no other languages)
Scholarships are usually available to applicants with a 1st, 2:1, master’s or PhD, though in exceptional circumstances they may be awarded to a graduate with a 2:2 and significant relevant experience.
Scholarships also come with a package of additional benefits from the relevant scholarship body:
- tax free scholarship
- membership to the professional body
- subject specialist events and webinars held by professional bodies
- online and face-to-face workshops across the country
- subject specialist mentors and coaching
- community of scholars (ex-scholars, teachers, subject leaders)
- access to classroom resources
- continuing professional development (CPD) and networking events during ITT year and alumni
Scholarships are applied for separately to ITT and only awarded to high calibre students who pass a robust application and interview process in one of the specialist subject areas. Scholarships are awarded instead of a bursary.
Scholarship applicants should apply to the relevant scholarship body. Details are available on Get Into Teaching.
- Trainees can apply for a Student Tuition Fee Loan as well as a bursary or scholarship. Note: If your degree is not Honours standard or equivalent, you may not be eligible for a bursary.
- Maintenance loans: You may also be eligible for a maintenance loan to help with your living expenses. These are separate to tuition fee loans and are paid in 3 equal instalments, usually at the beginning of each term. Further information can be found here. Applications are made directly via SFE; maintenance loans are paid directly to you.
- You may also be eligible for additional support via Student Finance.
School Direct salaried route:
There are limited opportunities for a salary placement. If you are offered a place on our School Direct route trainees are employed as an unqualified teacher and paid a salary by the school in which they train, in-line with the unqualified teacher pay scale. Trainees do not need to pay fees to cover the cost of the programme and they are not eligible for a training bursary. Salaried trainees are responsible for meeting the costs of the PGCE uplift, if taken, and cannot apply for a tuition fee loan to support this.