Funding for training to teach languages

If you’re passionate about teaching languages, you could be eligible for tax-free financial support of up to £28,000 – alternatively you could earn a salary while you train.

Bursaries

Tax-free bursaries are available for trainee teachers of modern foreign languages - the core languages are French, German and Spanish. Other modern or community languages are Italian, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Urdu and Bengali. 

With a first, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD you could receive a bursary of £26,000.    

Scholarships

French, German or Spanish trainees with at least a 2:1 could be awarded a scholarship from the British Council. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience.

If your application for a scholarship is successful, you will be guaranteed £28,000 to support you throughout your teacher training year. If your scholarship application is unsuccessful, you will still be eligible for a bursary.

Learn more about languages scholarships.

Once you know if you’ll be receiving a bursary or scholarship, you can find out how and when you will receive your funding on our how you will be paid page.

Additional financial support

With or without a bursary, you can still access tuition fee and maintenance loans to help fund your training and cover tuition fees. You can use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available, for instance Parents’ Learning Allowance, Childcare Grants or Child Tax Credits. The calculator is for trainees intending to train in 2017/18 – you can still use this to get an estimate of your entitlement for 2018/19. An updated version will be released soon.

Earn a salary while you train

Alternatively, you could earn a salary with School Direct (salaried), Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships or Teach First.

School Direct (salaried) & Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships

You’ll receive a combination of classroom teaching, practical learning and a salary - while you train to become a qualified teacher with School Direct (salaried) or the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship. Find out more

Remember, tax-free bursaries and scholarships are available in some subjects on both school-led and university-led courses. On a School Direct (salaried) or Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship course, you’ll be paid and taxed as an unqualified teacher, so you should compare the bursary rate for your chosen subject with the salary on offer to work out which route would be best for your circumstances.   

You could also earn a salary while you train with Teach First, if you have a 2:1 or above.

Teachers’ Student Loan Reimbursement

To encourage languages teachers to teach in areas needing great teachers in England, the Teachers’ Student Reimbursement scheme will pay back the student loan repayment you’ve made – find out more

Upcoming events

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Train to Teach University of Brighton

22 November 2017 16:30

This event in Brighton will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.

Brighton

Train to Teach Coventry

22 November 2017 16:30

This event in Coventry will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.

Coventry

Train to Teach Oxford

23 November 2017 16:30

This event in Oxford will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.

Oxford

Train to Teach Manchester

25 November 2017 10:00

This event in Manchester will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.

Manchester