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 £27,500 – 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 £25,000.    

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 £27,500 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.

Earn a salary while you train

Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train with School Direct (salaried) or Teach First.

School Direct (salaried)

School Direct (salaried) is a route that’s suitable if you are already working at a school, or have work experience that you can demonstrate transfers to teaching.

Trainees on the salaried programme are recruited and employed directly by schools, and often continue teaching in their school following training. The amount you earn will be dependent on the school you train in and the subject you’re teaching. 

Remember, tax-free bursaries and scholarships are available in some subjects on both school-led and university-led courses. On a School Direct (salaried) 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 via School Direct (salaried) to work out which route would be best for your circumstances.   

Teach First

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

Upcoming events

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Train to Teach University of Brighton

09 May 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 Stoke

10 May 2017 16:30

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

Stoke-on-Trent

Train to Teach Doncaster

11 May 2017 16:30

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

Doncaster

Train to Teach University of Reading

11 May 2017 16:30

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

Reading