- The STEM Bursary scheme is open to career changers wishing to undertake a one year secondary PGDE ITE (Professional Graduate Diploma in Education - Initial Teacher Education) course in Scotland that leads to the award of registered teacher status in the hardest to fill STEM subjects.
- For applications to start a PGDE ITE courses (for those with the intention to work in a secondary school) starting in August 2021, the eligible subjects are Maths, Computing Science, Technical Education, Physics, Chemistry and Home Economics.
- The level of bursary is £20,000 per student.
- The bursary is an incentive to ease the financial transition for career changers to undertake initial teacher education and will be over and above any normal student support provided by Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), as long as students meet the SAAS eligibility criteria.
- Students eligible for the bursary can also apply separately to SAAS to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.
- For more information on tuition fees or to make an application for fee payment, visit www.saas.gov.uk.
Applicants need to have been in paid employment for at least 36 months out of the last 72 months (including career breaks). Applicants who can evidence they have been in receipt of carers allowance for 36 months out of the last 72 will also be deemed to meet the employment eligibility criteria.
Applicants need to hold a 2.1 degree or meet the minimum initial teacher education (ITE) entry requirement with a relevant masters qualification, the content of which would make them suitable to teach maths, computing science, technical Education, physics, chemistry or home economics.
Normal entry requirements for PGDE ITE also apply. At the point of application, applicants need to be at least 36 months away from full time education (excluding those who have completed three years of a remunerated PhD which includes teaching experience). Further and at the discretion of SDS, any applicant who has since 30th September 2018 undertaken a short full time top up course to meet the academic entry requirements of their chosen PGDE) including but not limited to, Higher English and National 5 Mathematics will be deemed eligible.
Applicants must have an offer of a place on a PGDE ITE programme at a Scottish university before applying.
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