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 get a £26,000 tax-free bursary while you train as a teacher. If you're eligible for a bursary, you could also receive early-career payments totalling £6,000 once in teaching - that's a total of £32,000 to teach languages. 

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. If you're eligible for a scholarship, you could also receive early-career payments totalling £6,000 once in teaching - that's a total of £34,000 to teach languages. 

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 also access a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees and a Maintenance Loan for your living costs. The available loans are:

  • a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,250 to cover your fees
  • a Maintenance Loan of up to £11,672 to support your 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

Early career payments

You'll need to have completed a non-salaried teacher training course and received a bursary or scholarship in the academic year of 2020/21. You’ll receive three additional early-career payments of £2,000 once in teaching, split over three teaching years (second, third and fourth year). You must have taught in a state-funded school in England after completing your teacher training course - enhancements to these payments are available if you teach in specified areas in England. View the full terms and conditions.

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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