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Funding for training to teach languages

If you’re passionate about teaching languages, you could be eligible for a tax-free training bursary of up to £25,000 – alternatively you could earn a salary while you train.


Bursaries are available for trainee teachers of modern foreign languages, as well as ancient languages. The core modern foreign languages are French, German and Spanish.

Other modern or community languages are Italian, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Urdu and Bengali. Ancient languages include Latin and Ancient Greek.

The funding you can receive for training to teach these subjects is as follows:

  • a training bursary of £25,000 if you have a first, 2:1, Master’s or PhD  
  • a £20,000 bursary if you have a 2:2

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

With or without a bursary, you can still access tuition fee and maintenance loans to help fund your training and cover tuition fees.

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)

If you have at least three years of work experience in any field, you could earn a salary of over £16,300 nationally and £20,500 in inner London while you train on a School Direct (salaried) programme, rising to between £22,000 and £27,000 straight after you qualify.

If you are accepted on the course, you will be paid a salary by the school you are employed by, and your training to achieve QTS is covered by the school – you should check if this includes a PGCE. Salary arrangements should be discussed with your employing school.

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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Teach First – career changer drop-in session

30 August 2016 12:00

Meet with a Teach First recruiter to learn more about the Leadership Development Programme.


Keele and North Staffordshire Primary SCITT open evening

01 September 2016 16:30

Meet with our SCITT team and find out more about our PGCE with QTS and assessment only programmes.

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Teach First: Apply First

01 September 2016 18:30

Evening presentation and workshops about how to make the best application to Teach First.


Middlesex University – PGCE Open Evening

07 September 2016 17:00

At Middlesex University, we give our graduates the confidence and skills to launch into their vocation and make a real difference to children’s lives.