Secondary SCITT Tuition 

Finance Information  for 2020-2021 

There are three types of funding available for teacher training - depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three:

  1. Tax-free bursary or scholarship
  2. Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan
  3. Additional financial support if you’re a parent or have a disability

An overview of the generous bursaries and scholarships available can be found in the table below. You'll need a first, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master's to be eligible for a bursary or scholarship. Further information on funding options two and three can be found on the funding my training page. If you're an non-UK EU national, you could also receive this support. 

ITT subject/phase

Training bursary 2020/211


Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master's

Chemistry, Languages4, Mathematics and Physics


£26,000 (+ Early Career Payment)2

Computing £28,000 £26,000


- £26,000


£17,000 £15,000

Design & Technology, Engineering

- £15,000


- £12,000

Art & Design, Business Studies, History, Music and RE

- £9,000

1Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on the Secondary SCITT Tuition route. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by your country’s student finance body. Both elements will be assessed by Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT. If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. Candidates with overseas degrees, may be asked to formally recognise any overseas qualifications through UK NARIC. The DfE can help you with this. Contact the DfE on 0800 389 2500 and they can provide you with guidance on your equivalent qualifications and a free UK NARIC statement of comparability (this usually costs £49.50 plus VAT) once you’ve submitted your application to teacher training. 

2You could receive £32k or £34k in total - £26k as a tax-free bursary or £28k scholarship with additional payments of £6k after tax once in teaching. You'll need to have completed a non-salaried teacher training course and received a bursary or scholarship in the academic year 2020/21, You’ll receive three additional early-career payments of £2k each in your second, third and fourth year of teaching - enhancements to these payments are available if you teach in specified areas in England. You must have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing your teacher training course. View the full terms and conditions.

3Trainees in physics, maths, languages, chemistry, geography and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. Languages scholarships are only available if you train to teach French, German or Spanish.

4Bursaries are available for trainees in French, German and Spanish.

Sociology, Drama, Psychology, Economics and PE do not receive any government bursary at the current time. However, there is a local need for teachers to be trained in these subjects.

Bursary payments are processed automatically for eligible candidates by Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT. More information will be given prior to the start of the course.

For more information regarding bursaries and scholarships please visit


Course Fees

The Tuition fee for 2020-21 is £9,250 for the full time training course

The Tuition fee for 2019-2020 is £5,750 each year for the two year part time training course 

You will find more information about how to pay for the Tuition Fees at

How do you pay for the Tuition Fees?

What additional help can you get?

You will gain the qualification of the Post Graduate Certificate in Education with 60 Masters Credits within those tuition fees.

What do your tuition fees pay for?

  • training costs – core training and subject knowledge training delivered by range of experts.
  • placement costs – payments are paid to the school for having you.
  • assessment costs – assessment visits and assignments.
  • tutor support and visits – your PGCE is gained from University of Suffolk.

How do you repay the loan of the tuition fees?

Your loan repayments depend on how much you earn – not on how much you have borrowed. 

  1. If you've no previous student loans and take one out for your teacher training course, you'll only start repaying when your salary exceeds £25,000.
  2. If you already have a student loan from 2012 or later and take out a further loan for your teacher training, you'll only start repaying when your salary exceeds £25,000.
  3. If you took out a student loan before 2012 and/or have a post-graduate loan, you will only start making repayments when you are earning above the pre 2012 repayment threshold (£18,330) or post-graduate repayment threshold (£21,000) – and your repayments will not increase if you take out a new loan for teacher training.

The table below shows your monthly repayments if you've no previous student loan or if you have a loan taken out from 2012 or later. If you have a student loan from before 2012, your monthly repayments will be different from the below.

Your income per year Monthly repayments
£25,000 and under   £0
£27,000 £15
£30,000  £37.50
£40,000  £112.50

More information:

What are the benefits of paying the tuition fees?

  • You are not employed by your placement school so you have a different role in the school. You are not responsible for the progress and the attainment of classes from the start of the course.
  • You will always have an experienced teaching professional in the class with you providing you with formal and informal feedback about your progress. Your teaching timetable is gradually increased and personalised at a pace which is appropriate for you. 
  • You will be registered as a student at University of Suffolk and that will provide with you all the benefits of being a student- reduced travel costs and council tax; discounts in retail stores etc. More details about benefits of being enrolled as a student at University of Suffolk can be found here

Will I receive any travel expenses?

Unfortunately, you will need to pay for you own travel expenses. However, we do try to place you at a placement school within 40 minutes drive or equivalent on public transport. We also encourage lift-sharing within our community of students for travelling to and from Core Training.