Are you passionate about French, German or Spanish? Through the Languages Teacher Training Scholarships (LTTS) programme, you could receive £34,000: a tax-free scholarship of £28,000 while you train as a secondary school language teacher in England, plus an additional £6,000 once in teaching. 

The Languages Teacher Training Scholarships are aimed at high-calibre graduates who will commence an eligible teacher training course in England in the 2020/21 academic year. Courses should be completed through an approved provider and lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) status*. Applicants should also hold UK or EU student status and meet student finance support criteria*. Other criteria apply.

* Full eligibility requirements are outlined at the bottom of this webpage – please check that you meet all criteria before applying.

Applications for the 2020/21 programme open on 13 January 2020. 

Why should I apply?

Launched by the Department for Education (DfE), this prestigious programme offers a range of benefits to successful applicants including:

  • A tax-free scholarship of £28,000* while you train to teach French, German or Spanish at secondary level in England
  • A further £6,000 after tax* once in teaching (paid over three years)
  • Access to a range of professional development opportunities and resources, including webinars for distance-based training for your Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and membership to the Association for Language Learning (ALL) for your training year
  • Networking opportunities with your fellow scholars and teaching professionals, including attendance at conferences and events with cultural institutions in the UK

A Languages Teacher Training Scholarship provides a great boost to your CV and when applying for Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) roles upon training completion.

* Subject to eligibility 

Why should I be a language teacher?

Good language teachers are in demand. As a language teacher, you can use your languages and share your cultural insights every day. You will play a part in equipping the next generation with the skills employers need. Take a step towards inspiring a new generation of young people to love languages as much as you do.

What our class of 2019 say

‘I loved all the opportunities offered by the British Council. Not only did they offer a very generous scholarship but also some extra opportunities for development and networking. From the interview day, staff were really kind and approachable and made us feel at ease and reassured us that we were amongst the top candidates in the country. It is an amazing programme and I felt very honoured to be part of it.’
Linda Hill

'I really enjoyed my training year and the LTTS. A real highlight of the scholarship was going to the Houses of Parliament – it was very interesting just to be inside the Houses of Commons but also to hear about the conscious steps being made to increase uptake of modern foreign languages.'
Tom Ricketts

Eligibility 

Please ensure you meet all eligibility criteria before applying.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must have, or be predicted to achieve, a minimum of a 2:1 in a French, German or Spanish degree.

You may also be considered if you have a 2:1 degree in a different subject and can demonstrate excellent language skills and significant cultural knowledge (e.g. experience of living/working in the target language country, or you're a native speaker).

If you have a 2:2, or predicted 2:2 degree in the language, a relevant PhD or master’s degree, or recognised equivalent and substantial relevant experience, you may be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you wish to apply, you must be able to demonstrate your interest and experience with clear examples.

Student status/finance requirements

To be eligible to apply, you should hold UK or EU student status, and be entitled to student finance support as follows:

Home and EU students must be entitled to support for a tuition fee loan via Student Finance England. Please note that you do not have to take out this financial support but you need to meet the criteria.

EU students should also have normally been resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of the teacher training course.

We recommend that if you are from outside of the UK, you should confirm eligibility with Student Finance England before applying for the scholarship. Contact Student Finance England.

Residents of Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland must be entitled to support as set out by your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI).

Teaching training course requirements

By September 2020, you must secure your place on an eligible university- or school-led (fee-based, non-salaried) initial teacher training (ITT) course in England for the 2020/21 academic year via UCAS. The training place must be with a DfE-approved provider and lead to achieved Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) status.

Scholarship funding is not available for trainees who want to take up a course that leads to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). QTLS is for further education (post-16) and you cannot obtain QTLS if you are on a course for pre-16.

How to apply

Applications for academic year 2020/21 will open on Monday 13 January 2020. Applications will be made through an online application system which will be available via this webpage. Receive an application reminder by signing up for LTTS email updates.

Get a head start: prepare your application

If you are interested in making an application for the 2020/21 academic year, you can use this time to prepare your application so that you will be ready to submit once the online application system opens in January 2020.

1. Register with the Get Into Teaching team 
Receive useful advice on ways to obtain school experience and Train to Teach roadshow schedules via the Get Into Teaching website

2. Gather your higher education certificates and transcripts
You will need evidence of your higher education for your application, so it will help if you have your documents ready.

If you obtained your degree overseas, you will need to submit a NARIC Statement of Comparability alongside your original transcript/degree certificate. This can be sent upon submission or by the application deadline at the latest, but the sooner you provide the sooner we will be able to assess your application.

3. Start making notes on your relevant experience 
You can use this time to compile ideas for all experience you have gained working in education/with young people which can inform your application form and interview (if you are invited to an assessment in the Spring/Summer). 

4. Prepare your personal statement

As part of your online application, you will need to answer two questions to form your personal statement. We have provided details of the personal statement questions to enable you to consider and prepare your responses.

Application deadlines and key dates

Applications for the 2020/21 academic year will be accepted via the online system between 13 January – 1 June 2020. 

Interim deadline: Monday 16 March 2020

Final application deadline: Monday 1 June 2020

  • Applications received by the interim deadline of 16 March 2020 will be assessed and eligible applicants will be invited to attend an assessment day in April/May 2020. 
  • Applications received by the final deadline of 1 June 2020 will be assessed in June and eligible applicants will be invited to attend an assessment day in June/July 2020.

By September 2020, you must secure your training place on an eligible language teacher training course for the 2020/21 academic year.

Be sure to also read our full list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Contact us

You can get in touch with the Languages Teacher Training Scholarships team on

LanguagesTeacherTrainingScholarships@britishcouncil.org 

Or telephone 0161 957 7755.

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