Funding for training to teach languages

If you’re successful in your application to train to teach languages, you could be eligible for a training bursary of up to £25,000. You'll be paid this tax-free, so it's the equivalent of a pre-tax and national insurance salary of more than £30,000. 

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 or PhD 
  • a £20,000 bursary if you have a 2:1 or Master’s degree 
  • a £15,000 bursary if you have a 2:2 

If you have a degree below a 2:2, you will not be eligible for a bursary.

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. You should speak to the school(s) or university leading your training to confirm the exact details.

If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to this equivalency table (PDF, 1MB) to see if your qualification is likely to attract a bursary, but please note that this information was collated in 2011 and is currently being updated. Contact your training provider if your degree is more recent than 2011, as the information may not match your qualification.

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.

To find out more, you can speak to a Teaching Line adviser on Freephone 0800 389 2500.


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

James Martin, trainee teacher

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