The University of Worcester advertises public grants aimed at non-UK citizens, both resident in the UK and outside the UK, Irish nationals and refugees or asylum seekers.

Training to be accredited as a teacher in the UK costs between £9,250 and £32,000 in fees. Depending on immigration status, the UK Government’s Department for Education offers three types of financial support for language and physics training: £10,000 support for international relocation, grants of up to £28,000 for languages and physics, and grants of up to £30,000 for French, German, Spanish and physics.

To qualify for the physics or languages scholarships, you need a place on a training course to teach languages or physics with an accredited teacher training provider in England, in the academic year 2024-2025. You will also need at least one of the following: a 2:2 (honours) degree or higher, a master’s degree or a PhD. To get a scholarship, you will need to be a high-quality student and pass a tough selection process.

Other grants are available for non-residents, such as loans for tuition and maintenance fees. These are for courses where you pay a fee to train as a teacher. If you qualify for a tuition fee loan or a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan, the rates set for UK applicants (set at a maximum of £9,250 for a full-time course) will apply.

Those with some form of resident status in the UK, such as the EU Settlement Scheme or Indefinite Leave to Remain, are more likely to receive financial support. Specific conditions are laid down for Irish nationals.

The Compostela Group of Universities echoes these grants at the initiative of its partner, the University of Worcester, and encourages interested teachers to participate and seek further information on the UK government’s website.