Funding for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) students starting in 2016/17

The details below provide information on the financial support that is available for ITE course at the University of Birmingham in the 2016/17 academic year.  

Tuition fee loans

All UK and EU students (except those on SKE short courses) are eligible to take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company (SLC) to cover their tuition fee of £9,000 for the academic year 2016/17. This will need to be repaid after graduation, but only once you are in work and earning over £21,000 per year.

UK students should apply to their appropriate regional funding agency for the Tuition Fee Loan at the same time as applying for other statutory support. 

EU students wishing to apply for the Tuition Fee Loan can download a copy of the application form from the website. For more information contact the Student Finance Services EU team on 0141 243 3570.

Maintenance loans

UK students only (except those on SKE courses) are eligible to apply for a Maintenance Loan, if required, of up to £8,200 (if living away from home and outside of London) to cover general living costs. 

Applications are assessed by your appropriate regional funding agency and supplementary grants (e.g. Parents Learning Allowance, Childcare Grant, Disabled Students’ Allowances, etc) may also be available to you.

Training bursaries

UK and EU ITE students may be eligible for a training bursary/scholarship of up to £30,000 from the National College for Teaching and Leadership or other NCTL-related organisations. 

Students on a SKE course may be eligible for a bursary of up to £7,200.  Full details will be sent to you in the Summer, immediately prior to the start of your course.

If you are eligible, the University will pay the bursary to you on a monthly basis during your course. It will not be subject to income tax.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership provide comprehensive and up to date details of the scheme.

Find out more

Funding for teacher training at

Visit the Department of Education or contact them on 0800 389 2500.