There are a number of ways of funding your training and covering your tuition fee.

Regardless of which funding route you take however, you will receive the same fantastic training experience and a full salary on the qualified teacher pay scale when you continue onto our Early Career Teachers 2 year programme.

Bursary/Non-Salaried Route

  • The most common route for trainees, especially recent graduates
  • Government bursaries available for some subjects
  • Student & maintenance loans available
  • Tuition fee: £9,250

The vast majority of trainees, particularly recent graduates, are put on the Bursary/Non-Salaried route.

Being able to train on this route puts you in a stronger position to be accepted onto the AET Teacher Training  programme as our schools have a higher number of these places available.

The financial support available for this route consists of government bursaries for select subjects or student and maintenance loans if these bursaries are not available for your subject (this will depend on your eligibility).  

Subject Bursaries

You may qualify for a tax free government subject bursary to help with the tuition fees and cost of living during your training year. To be eligible, you must have a 1st, 2:1, 2:2 degree, PhD or Master’s, and the exact amount you receive will depend on your degree class and the subject you want to teach. For some subjects, this could be anywhere up to £27,000.

Student & Maintenance Loans

If your subject does not have a government bursary available, you may also qualify for a variety of student and maintenance loans in the first year to support you while you complete your training.

Did you know? There are additional perks available to you as an AET teacher trainee, including…

  • Travel and student discounts
  • Council tax rebate (if living with other teachers)
  • Wellbeing services (& for family too!)
  • AET support and rewards
  • Free lunch at some schools


  • Require 1st, 2:1, PhD or Master's
  • Up to £29,000 available (tax free)
  • Extra perks

If you have achieved a 1st or 2:1 Degree, a PhD or Master's, you may be eligible for a scholarship to fund your training year.

This scholarship replaces the bursary that you would receive from the government and comes with extra perks, such as access to resources for your subject and a network of other trainees.

Apprenticeships (Salaried) Route

  • Receive a salary while you train
  • Tuition fee paid for by your school
  • Highly competitive

You’ll receive a salary on the ‘unqualified teacher’ pay scale while your school pays the tuition fee of £9,250. The exact salary you receive will depend on your chosen subject, the school you work in, the location of the school and the previous experience you have.

Regardless of which route you take, the teacher training programme and quality of training is identical, and you will qualify at the end of the year with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE.

There are very few places available on this route, so the Apprenticeship route is strongly recommended if you require a salary to train.


Earning a Qualified Teacher Salary

Regardless of which funding route you take, when you continue onto our ECT (Early Career Teachers) 2 year programme, you will move onto the qualified teacher pay scale and receive a full salary.

As a fully qualified teacher, the amount offered will begin at:

  • £30,000 nationally (eg. Essex, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber)
  • £34,514 for outer London
  • £36,745 for inner London
Follow your favourite employers
Save jobs to your shortlist
Receive personalised alerts
Access our live webinars
Register now
On the move? Download The App
Gradcracker Logo
Gradcracker Limited, October House, Long Street, Easingwold, York, YO61 3HX
01347 823822 | | Company registration number: 6370348
© 2007 - 2024 Gradcracker Limited
Gradcracker and Cookies
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website.
If you continue we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies from Gradcracker.
Learn more