Fees and Financial support

The course fees for this year are as follows:

  • UK students   £9,250
  • EU students   £9,250
  • International students   £10,750

You may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans. Financial support for trainee teachers has never been better. You could get up to £30,000 tax-free while you train, either as a bursary or prestigious scholarship. Your eligibility for financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject you choose to teach and your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification.

If your degree is not in the subject you wish to teach, you may be eligible for a funded course to increase your subject knowledge before starting your training.

Bursaries and scholarships up to the value of £26,000 to support training are available in certain subject areas. To find out more, please follow the link below:

Funding: initial teacher training (ITT), academic year 2022 to 2023 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

If successful at the application stage, you will be invited for interview. This will involve a half a day spent at Whitburn. The day is a rigorous selection process where you will be required to teach a 30-minute observed lesson. You will be told in advance about the content of the lesson and the age group you will be teaching as well as any other relevant information to enable you to demonstrate your skills and qualities. At this early stage, we are looking for applicants to demonstrate their future potential as teachers.

If you are successful at interview you will be offered a place on the course subject to completion of DBS checks. We may also ask some candidates to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Course prior to starting. This could be for several reasons, including:

  • your degree wasn’t in your chosen subject, but it was closely related
  • you studied the subject at A level, but not at university
  • you have relevant professional experience, and an SKE course will show you how to apply that to the curriculum and your teaching

SKE courses are fully funded – so you won’t have to pay any tuition fees – and you may be eligible for a training bursary of up to £7,200 to support you throughout the course. The length of SKE varies depending on your need – from eight-week ‘refresher’ or ‘booster’ programmes, through to more extensive 36-week courses.

 Training with disabilities and other needs

Whitburn welcomes applications for teacher training from all candidates. We host a large number of pupils and students with a range of physical impairments and social, emotional and mental health conditions, and can use this expertise to help identify and provide any support agreed for trainees.