Finance

Financing your studies can be challenging. Use the information below to find out how best to fund your training year.

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  • How much do the courses cost?

    • Tuition fees for all training programmes leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) are £7,500.
    • For QTS with PGCE the tuition fee is £9,250.
    • Our Assessment Only route costs £2500.
  • Are there bursaries available and how do I apply for one?

    Financial incentives in the form of non-repayable bursaries are available for postgraduate non-salaried trainees studying high priority subjects. The government defines which subjects are ‘high priority’ each year. Your eligibility for financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject you choose to teach and your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification. You don’t need to apply for a bursary – if you are enrolled on our non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria, you will begin receiving payments automatically from Ripley ITT. You will receive more information on the arrangements and how this is distributed prior to the start of your course.

    For 2022-23, bursaries are offered to trainees intending to train to teach in the subjects listed below:

    • £24,000 in chemistry, computing, maths and physics
    • £15,000 in design and technology, geography and languages (including ancient languages)
    • £10,000 in biology

    Applicants may be eligible for a bursary if they have a 1st, 2.1 or 2.2, or if they hold Master’s or PhD.

    For further information on bursaries and scholarships visit the GOV.UK website.

  • Are there scholarships available and how do I apply for one?

    Scholarships of £26,000 are available in chemistry, computing, maths and physics. Scholarships also come with a package of additional benefits from the appropriate professional body.

    Chemistry Scholarships – Tax-free, £26,000 scholarships with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) are available to chemistry trainees with a 2:1 or higher. Please visit the RSC website for further information.

    Mathematics Scholarships – As an alternative to a bursary, if you have at least a 2:1, you could be eligible for a scholarship of £26,000 from the Institute of Mathematics and its Application (IMA), in collaboration with the London Mathematical Society (LMS), the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI). Please visit the IMA website for more information.

    Physics Scholarships – The Institute of Physics (IOP) will award scholarships to the very best individuals who impress with their academic record, physics subject knowledge and commitment to teaching. If you are awarded a scholarship, you are guaranteed £26,000 to support you throughout your teacher training year. You’ll also get free IOP membership and mentoring support from a specialist physics teacher for up to two years. Please visit the IOP website for more information.

    For further information on bursaries and scholarships visit the GOV.UK website.

  • Can I get a tuition fee loan and how do I apply?

    If you are on our non-salaried postgraduate teacher training course, you will have to pay tuition fees. Home and EEA students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees. This is available through Student Finance England. You won’t have to pay the cost of tuition charges up front and you will only repay the loan once you are in full-time employment and earning above £21,000.

  • Can I get a maintenance loan and how do I apply?

    Home students in England may also be eligible for a maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs. EU students cannot apply for Maintenance Loans. The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of term. You will have to pay the loan back. This is available through Student Finance England.