An important part of making a decision about which is the right teacher training course for you is understanding more about the costs to you.
Within this section we will give you details of how much the course fees are and how they can be paid. Most trainees pay for their tuition fees via get obtaining a loan from Student Finance but there are other methods as well so it is worth exploring these.
If you are planning to join the salaried course, whether primary or secondary, we also have information about that too.
For secondary, there are subjects that offer bursaries to help finance you during your training year. Check out the specific pages to see how much of a bursary can be received and if you are eligible to receive one.
The Primary Tuition course fee and bursary pages will explain more about this if you are planning to become a primary teacher.
Unfortunately, the government are not funding bursaries for the Primary Tuition programme for those wishing to train during the 2021/22 academic year.
However, it could be that future years may attract a bursary as the DfE changes their criteria each year.
Funding my training
There are two types of funding available for primary teacher training and depending on your circumstances, you could receive both:
- Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan
- Extra financial support if you’re a parent, have an adult dependant or a disability
You can use the student finance calculator to estimate your entitlement to loans and extra support.
Alternatively, you can pay your tuition fee to us directly – either in full or by spreading the cost in 3 termly instalments.
What do your tuition fees cover?
- training costs – core training and subject knowledge training delivered by a 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.
What are the benefits of the tuition fee route?
- 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.
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.
If you do not already have a student loan, or you took one out on or after 1 September 2012, you are only required to make repayments when you are earning over £26,575. Your repayments will not increase if you take out a loan for teacher training.
If you took out a student loan before 1 September 2012, you are only required to make repayments when you are earning over £19,390. Your repayments will not increase if you take out a 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|
|Up to £26,575||£0|
Primary SCITT Salaried Route Finances
Primary SCITT Salaried is an employment-based route into teaching supported by the Department of Education.
There are no tuition fees payable on this training route.
However, in order to apply for this programme, you must have secured the support of a school will be able to pay for your training fee to Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT and your salary while training.
Unfortunately for the 2021/22 academic year, the government is not providing a salary grant to support Primary Salaried training.
If you are keen to apply for this route and have school support, please contact us
An overview of the 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.
Secondary SCITT Salaried is an employment-based route into teaching supported by the Department of Education.
There are no tuition fees payable by the individual on this training route.
You are not able to apply for maintenance grants during your training.
You will be employed by your placement school with the usual employment rights and you will be trained by Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT who are the awarding body for QTS and PGCE. There will be a small additional fee for your PGCE qualification, and the amount will be shared with you if you are successfully recruited onto the course.
Secondary Salaried trainees are paid full time on the Unqualified Teacher Scale for the duration of the course which is 9.5 months so not a full 12 month contract.
The salaries for 2021-2022 will be between £14,675 and £18,000 (9.5 month contract) depending on the number of teaching hours that your employing placement school requires you to teach from the start of the course. Please note that you will be taxed on any salary that you earn in total for the year of 2021-2022 and at the current time, the Personal Allowance is £12,500 but this may change for the tax year of 2021-2022.
More information about personal tax rates and allowances can be found here
The duration of your training course will be 9.5 months so will start in the last week of August 2021 (for induction) and then you will complete your training by the middle of June 2022.
The following subjects will receive government funding towards the salary your school will pay you and the training fee we receive – you still need a supporting school to support your application as the government funding will not cover all of your salary and training fee for the subjects listed:
We also offer training in other subjects: English, History, Geography, Music, DT, Art, PE, RE and Sociology but these subjects will not receive any government funding towards your salary and training fee. If you wish to make a Salaried application in these subjects then please ask your supporting school to contact us so we can explain the finances to them.
There are no part time opportunities on this programme.
When making an application on UCAS, you must include in your personal statement the information that a school is prepared to make a contribution towards your salary and pay the training fee as the grant from the Department of Education may not cover all or any of your salary and training costs.
If you wish for more information regarding the financial contribution required by a supporting school then please email us and this information will be shared with you.