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Initial Teacher Training 2016/17 - Bursary Level Award

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Initial Teacher Training 2016/17

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Bursary Level Award

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Short nameBURSLEV

Bursary level awarded

Applicable toEngland

All students.

Valid entries and labels
6No Bursary awarded
7Tier 1
8Tier 2
9Tier 3
ATier 4
BUndergraduate bursary

This field records the training bursary awarded to the student. Bursary levels will vary according to the level of study of the student, their degree classification if applicable and the subject specialism in which they wish to train to teach.

A postgraduate student will only hold one bursary – either the 'Core Bursary Award' (codes 7, 8, 9 or A) or a 'Scholarship' (code 4). Undergraduate students on a course in maths, physics, or maths and physics which leads to QTS can qualify for an 'Undergraduate bursary' (code B).

Further guidance on the types of bursary, and the amounts available, may be found in the NCTL's 'Training Bursary Guide'.

Bursaries at postgraduate level

Highest qualification 1st (Tier 1) 2:1 (Tier 2) 2:2 (Tier 3) Good A level and relevant degree (maths, physics and primary maths specialists (specialisms only)) (Tier 4)
PhD (1) X
1st class honours degree * (2) X
Medical Masters (distinction) X
Masters (3) X
2:1 honours degree* X
2:2 honours degree* X
3rd class honours degree X
Aegrotat (4) X
Ordinary degree X
No first degree X


  1. Honorary doctoral degrees are not recognised by QAA as academic qualifications.
  2. May include Integrated Masters.
  3. These do not include the MA granted on application by the University of Oxford or Cambridge. Please see the Training Bursary Guide for more details.
  4. Aegrotats are degrees awarded in lieu of illness if a trainee was unable to sit their final exams.
*or equivalent.

Bursaries at undergraduate level

Code B 'Undergraduate bursary' is currently the only bursary available to those studying at undergraduate level; if the qualification is in the subject of maths, physics, or maths and physics; and leads to qualified teacher status (QTS).

This bursary is awarded in the final year of a student’s course, but it is expected the valid entry will be returned in every year for the student to be eligible.

Undergraduate Opt-In

The Undergraduate bursary is applicable to students choosing to undertake the Undergraduate Opt-In scheme (Student.INITIATIVES code R). These are students who have chosen to 'opt-in' to an ITT course leading to QTS who would then be eligible to receive an Undergraduate bursary in their final (or penultimate and final) year of an undergraduate course. They will need to be returned in the ITT record from the year they commence ITT courses (i.e. the year following a student’s decision to 'opt-in'). Providers will need to ensure that the correct Student.YEARPRG is returned to reflect this, which will indicate the number of years a student has been studying an undergraduate course for.

The table below contains examples of how Undergraduate Opt-in students would be coded.

Course Model Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Opt-in after year 1 of 3 No ITT record
Opt-in after year 2 of 3 No ITT record No ITT Record
Opt-in after year 2 of 4 No ITT record No ITT Record
Quality rules
Quality rules to follow
Reason required

To ensure correct level of funding for Bursaries.

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Element: BURSLEV
OwnerNational College for Teaching and Leadership
Date modified2016-07-21
Change management notesAdditional guidance added to the Notes section on the subject of Undergraduate Opt-in bursaries.

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