Frequently Asked Questions

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What undergraduate degree can I apply for to be eligible?

To be eligible to apply for the Future Teaching Scholars programme, you must accept an offer from an English university to study a maths or physics related degree on a full-time basis over no longer than 3 years, starting in Autumn 2019. Unfortunately, for applicants starting their university course in Autumn 2019, we cannot support 4-year degree courses.

If you have already started a 4-year course, and will begin your second year in September 2019, you are likely to be eligible - please contact us for confirmation.

  • Dual honours degrees are considered, if the course contains at least 50% mathematics or physics content. 
  • Education degrees, such as Mathematics with Education, are ineligible because the Future Teaching Scholars programme is in itself a new route into teaching. The elements offered in education degrees overlap with learning content and teaching experiences provided throughout the Future Teaching Scholars programme. Please note, QTS is included in the structure of the programme. 
  • Finance degrees cannot be supported, unless they are taken as a dual honours with Mathematics, and must contain at least 50% maths modules. 
  • 4 year degree courses cannot be supported (unless you are already at university, starting your second year in September 2019) but please contact us at if you are planning to study a 4 year course, and we will keep you up to date with any changes which may affect your eligibility. You may wish to consider changing your university choices to a 3-year course, on the basis that the Future Teaching Scholars programme does intend to offer Scholars the opportunity to complete a postgraduate 60 credit Masters module that is currently under development with Durham University. This would involve a supervised independent study, which would count toward your total credits should you wish to study a Master's degree once you have completed your 6 years on the programme. Upon completion, you would be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate of Evidence in Education (PGCEiE).

Please note, the list of eligible degree courses below is not exhaustive. If you are planning to study a mathematics or physics related degree course, please contact us at to check the eligibility of your course.

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Operational Research
  • Statistics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
  • Materials Science
  • Astronomy
  • General Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Naval Architecture
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • Production and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Others in Engineering