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Maths or physics undergraduate degree, followed by employment-based postgraduate teacher training in England.
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Future Teaching Scholars is an undergraduate route for outstanding students with a passion for maths or physics, and an interest in teaching. If you’re planning to study a maths or physics-related degree at a university in England, this six year programme offers financial support during your undergraduate years, as well as employment-based teacher training after you graduate.

  • While you’re studying for your maths or physics degree, you’ll be assigned a school-based mentor in a Teaching School Alliance (TSA) training centre close to your university. You’ll receive extra training, some of which will be based in a local school.
  • After graduating, you’ll receive specialist teacher training – earning a salary while you learn, and working in a school from day one. The schools you teach in will vary throughout the programme.
  • As a newly qualified teacher (NQT) in your fifth and sixth years of the programme, you’ll be employed in a school as a maths or physics teacher. You’ll be supported in your school, but will continue to have access to Teaching School Alliance (TSA) training centre staff in your local area.

Fees and funding

In years one to three of your undergraduate degree, you’ll receive a grant in instalments at the start of each academic year. In your postgraduate initial teacher training year, you’ll be paid as an unqualified teacher, rising to newly qualified teacher (NQT) in year five and six as a maths or physics teacher.


Applications and entry requirements

Firstly, you must be planning to study a full-time maths or physics-related undergraduate degree, awarded by a higher education provider in England. 

Before starting your undergraduate degree, you must have achieved the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for the Future Teaching Scholars programme:

  1. You’ll need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C/4, or above, in the GCSE examination in English, and grade B/3, or above, in GCSE mathematics.
  2. You’ll need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade B, or above, in the A level examination in mathematics.
  3. If you intend to study and train to teach physics, you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C/4, or above, in a GCSE science subject examination, and grade B, or above, in A level physics.

Applications are made directly to the Future Teaching Scholars programme. Check their website for specific funding and entry requirements.

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Explore your options

All undergraduate and non-graduate Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programmes will qualify you to be a teacher, but there are differing levels of qualifications that can be achieved. Find out more about university and college-led teacher training routes in England.

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