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Teacher training fees and funding in Wales

If you’re thinking about undergraduate or postgraduate teacher training in Wales, you may be eligible for funding.
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The amount providers charge varies – for UK and EU students, it can be up to £9,250 per year for a full-time training programme. You can see how much your chosen provider charges when you use our search tool to find postgraduate training programmes. Alternatively, you can find this information on the training provider’s website.

In Wales, you may be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans, training grants, or salaried programmes to support you during your training.


Training grants

Postgraduate funding is available for training to teach a range of subjects in Wales. The level of funding and eligibility will vary depending on the subject you choose to teach, and your degree classification. Check the table in the Student Finance Wales guide for grants available in Wales for 2017/18.


Teacher training incentives

Graduates with certain degrees may be eligible for incentives of up to £20,000, if they want to train to be a teacher in Wales.

High priority subjects

(Mathematics, physics, chemistry, Welsh, and computer sciences)

Medium priority subjects

(Modern languages)

All other main secondary subjects and primary (high level support only)

Primary supplement

(English, Welsh, mathematics, and science only [degree subject specialism to raise standards at primary in numeracy and literacy, and support sciences])

1st and/or PhD/master's

£20,000

1st and/or PhD/master's

£15,000

1st and/or PhD/master's

£3,000

1st and/or PhD/master's

£3,000

2:1

£10,000

2:1

£6,000

2:1

£0

2:1

£0

2:2

£6,000

2:2

£0

2:2

£0

2:2

£0

 

The highest level of grant is available to mathematics, physics, chemistry, and Welsh students with a 1st class degree, who would receive the £20,000 incentive.

Find out more about teacher training incentives in Wales for the 2018/19 academic year.


Welsh Medium Grants

Welsh Medium Grants are designed to help trainees who are studying postgraduate secondary courses, to qualify to teach through the medium of Welsh, and who require additional linguistic support. In addition to support and mentoring, eligible trainees, commencing September 2018, will receive a grant of £2,000 for all qualifying subjects. 

The Iaith Athrawon Incentive of £5,000 complements the arrangements for existing support under the Welsh Medium Improvement Scheme, with up to £2,500 payable on successful completion of QTS, and a further £2,500 payable on successful completion of induction in a Welsh-medium or bilingual secondary school, or on successful completion of induction teaching Welsh in any secondary setting. 

Check with your training provider for more information on programmes that qualify for the scheme.


Salaried training

The Graduate Training Programme (GTP) is an employment-based route into teaching which offers a way to qualify as a teacher while you work. Visit Discover Teaching in Wales to find out more.


Tuition fees and maintenance loans

Postgraduate and undergraduate trainees are entitled to student finance to help cover training programme fees and living costs. Check the Student Finance Wales website to find out what you might be eligible for.


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