"My bursary was more than some of my friends'

starting salaries."

katy, 2014 trainee


Student Finance

What are my funding options?

There are two funding routes open for our Initial Teacher Education course through School Direct:

School Direct Salaried

Apply for a highly competitive salaried School Direct position and earn a salary as you train to teach.

The salaried route enables you to ‘earn while you learn’. You will be employed directly by one of our schools. Trainees will be paid at point 1 on the unqualified teacher scale and tuition fees will be paid by the employing school. This route is suitable for graduates who have been working for three years or more in any career and who have sufficient school and classroom experience to teach from the outset

School Direct Trainees are awarded a PGCE with 60 level 7 credits.


Postgraduate routes such as School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) allow graduates to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). HTTP offer a university validated PGCE qualification.

Fee-funded programme: Apply for a pioneering fee-funded programme, which can offer bursaries of up to £26,000 for high-priority subjects, a tax-free sum of money paid in ten monthly installments throughout the year, starting in October.

Scholarships of £28,000 are available for Physics, Chemistry, Languages, Geography and Computing trainees (depending on your degree classification). These prestigious awards are aimed at high quality graduates with a 2:1 and above, who are passionate about their subject and have the potential to be inspirational teachers. Details can be found here.

For more information on your funding options for all subjects, and an overview of what is available to you, please visit:


Your tuition fees, for which HTTP will be charging £9,000 in 2019-2020, and any other bursary or financial support depend on your status as a home, European Union or overseas student.

Tuition Fee Loan

If you wish to apply for a tuition fee loan, please contact the Student Loan Company for information or apply through the student loans website:


Bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not employed as a teacher. Bursary amounts will vary depending on teaching subject and degree class or highest relevant academic qualification.

Teaching is a prime career choice for high-quality graduates. To encourage the best people to enter the profession, in 2019/2020 trainees will need at least a 2:2 to be eligible for a training bursary.

The bursary scheme recognises exceptional achievement outside of degree results and allows flexibility in some cases. In exceptional circumstances trainees may receive a higher bursary than their degree class would otherwise allow. This allows the scheme to take account of, for example, trainees with a 2:2 and a PhD or proven exceptional subject knowledge gained from another career.

See 'Get Into Teaching website' for full details of funding available to trainee teachers and financial incentives for postgraduate non-salaried teacher training courses by subject.

Student Loan for maintenance

Home students in England may be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs. This is available through Student Finance England.

Maintenance Grant

Home students in England may also be eligible for a non-refundable maintenance grant. This grant will be means tested and you may apply through Student Finance England.

Equivalent Degrees

Visit the National Academic Recognition Centre website to find out if your qualifications are of an equivalent level to those of the UK.

Gillian Barnes is HTTP's finance manager and will be happy to assist you with any financial questions regarding your application at


Where do HTTP trainees go when they qualify?

Since the start of the partnership a large percentage of our trainees are retained by placement schools or in the borough of Havering. This is testimony to the way Havering schools work together and support one another.