Funding for training to teach languages

If you’re passionate about teaching languages, you could be eligible for a tax-free bursary of £10,000. 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


With a first, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD you could receive a bursary of £10,000.  

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.  

2. Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan

With or without a bursary, 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
  • £12,010 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.