There are a variety of sources of funding and support available to you as a student teacher while you complete your course. What you’ll be eligible to receive will vary according to the kind of ITT course you are on, where you normally live, the subject you’re training to teach and where you’re training , as well as your personal circumstances.

For entry subject to application and eligibility
  • Click here if you normally live in Wales. 
  • Click here if you normally live in England. 
  • Click here if you normally live in Scotland. 
  • Click here if you normally live in Northern Ireland. 
  • Click here if you normally live in the EU.  
Training Grants
Availability of Initial Teacher Education and Training (ITET)  incentives for PGCE programmes leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the following academic year is announced by the Welsh Government on an annual basis. When a decision is reached, updated information will be published on the Teacher Training Recruitment Forum for Wales website.
Postgraduate training incentives to support recruitment to ITE programmes have been made available for courses commencing in academic year 2016/17 only are as follows:-
First degree
of student

High priority

Mathematics, physics, chemistry, Welsh

Medium priority

Modern languages, ICT(computer

All other main secondary subjects & 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 teaching in core subjects

1st £20,000


2.1 £10,000
£0 £0
2.2 £6,000
£0 £0 £0


  1. 1. Figures in brackets include total support payable to the student (Incentive plus student tuition fee grant (16/17 rate))
  2. Mathematics, Welsh, physics and chemistry students with a 1st would receive the £20,000 incentive plus fee grant.
  3. For degree qualifications with no ITET incentive attached, the tuition fee grant will mean that Welsh-domiciled ITET PGCE students have access to grant funding to help support their studies.
  4. Computer science studies and MFL have been designated medium priority recruitment subjects to support policy developments in these areas and encourage individuals with a computer science or computer programming degree to enter teaching.
  5. For those with a 1st degree classification a £3,000 supplement in addition to the £3,000 incentive will be available to support students undertaking primary PGCE studies whose subject specialism is in English, Welsh, mathematics, physics or chemistry to support LNF and the teaching of core subject studies.
Welsh Medium Improvement Scheme (Secondary only.)
Student teachers commencing secondary ITT courses and training through the medium of Welsh may be eligible for the Welsh Medium Improvement Supplement. This is aimed at student teachers who need extra support to raise confidence in their ability to teach effectively in Welsh.
Decisions on eligibility for the supplement are made by individual ITT providers involved in the scheme. You can get more information on which courses qualify for this supplement from the ITT providers. 
Employment-based funding
Student teachers on the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) in Wales receive a salary from their school. This will be at least equal to the minimum point on the unqualified teacher pay scale, but your school may choose to pay you more. All information on the GTP programme in Wales can be found under  the 'Employment based routes' section of this website
Additional Financial Support
Other sources may include:
  • Disabled Student Allowance
  • Childcare Support
  • Adult Dependents Grant
  • Parents Learning Allowance
  • Financial Contingency Funding
Student Finance Companies
For further information, we recommend you contact your Student Finance Company who can provide detailed information and advice on the application process:


North and Mid Wales Centre of Teacher Education  South East Wales Centre for Teacher Education South West Wales Centre for Teacher Education