Funding for training to teach languages

If you’re passionate about teaching languages, you could be eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship of up to £28,000. There are three types of funding available if you’re on a non-salaried teacher training course. Depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three. Alternatively, you could choose to earn a salary while you train.

1. Tax-free bursaries or scholarships

Bursaries

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

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.  

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

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.

2. Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan

With or without a bursary or scholarship, you can still access a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan to help fund your training and cover tuition fees, which is up to:

  • £9,250 Tuition Fee Loan to pay for your course
  • £11,672 Maintenance Loan to pay living costs

3. Additional financial support

If you have children or a disability, extra funding is available. For instance, you could get:

Find out more information on the extra financial support available

Earn a salary while you train

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

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