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Funding for training to teach languages

If you’re successful in your application to train to teach languages, you could be eligible for a tax-free training bursary of up to £25,000 – alternatively you could earn a salary while you train on School Direct (salaried) or with Teach First. 

Bursaries are available for trainee teachers of modern foreign languages, as well as ancient languages. The core modern foreign languages are French, German and Spanish. Other modern or community languages are Italian, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Urdu and Bengali. Ancient languages include Latin and Ancient Greek. 

The funding you can receive for training to teach these subjects is as follows:

  • a training bursary of £25,000 if you have a first, 2:1, Master’s or PhD   
  • a £20,000 bursary if you have a 2:2

Earn a salary while you train

School Direct (salaried)

If you have three or more years of work experience in any field, you could earn a salary over £16,300 nationally and £20,500 in inner London while you train on a School Direct (salaried) programme, rising to between £22,000 and £27,000 straight after you qualify. The cost of your training to achieve QTS is covered by the school – you should enquire with the school before you apply to check salary amounts and whether this also includes a PGCE. 

If your degree isn’t in the subject you wish to teach, you may be eligible for a funded course to increase your subject knowledge before starting your training. This means you could train in a subject that attracts a top-end bursary. 

Teach First

If you’re a graduate or career changer and have a 2:1 or above, you could also earn a salary while you train with Teach First.

How you will be paid


If you’re eligible for a training bursary as a trainee languages teacher, it will be paid in equal monthly instalments for the duration of your course. These will be enhanced by larger payments in February and July, or in the final month of your course. The schools and universities that lead teacher training make the final decision on trainees’ eligibility for financial support – so it’s worth asking what might be available to you before you apply.  

If you are not eligible for a bursary, you can still access standard student loans and/or grants to help fund your training and cover the costs of your tuition fees.

If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. Make sure you contact your preferred training provider as they make the final judgement on equivalency. You also need to be eligible for a bursary based on your nationality and residency status. Contact your training provider or Student Finance England to find out if you will be eligible for a bursary and student finance.

School Direct (salaried) programme

If you are accepted on the School Direct (salaried) programme you will be paid a salary by the school you are employed by. Salary arrangements should be discussed with your employing school.

To find out more, you can call us on Freephone 0800 389 2500.

Luke outlines the potential for career progression in his own future as a teacher. Transcript (PDF, 74KB)

The bursary has enabled me to complete my teacher training year without any financial problems. 

James Martin, trainee teacher

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Senior academic staff from the School of Education at Newman will be present to answer questions on university-based and school-based (School Direct) routes into teaching offered by Newman University.


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