The Languages Teacher Training Scholarships programme 2020/21 has now closed for receiving applications. Please visit this page for updates concerning application cycles for future academic years.


Impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on the assessment process 

The Languages Teacher Training Scholarships programme 2020/21 remains open for applications until 1 June 2020. Applications can be started, saved and submitted via the online application system during this time. 

The health and wellbeing of our colleagues, partners and everyone engaged with our programmes and services are our priority during this rapidly evolving situation. 

At present, the assessment process is scheduled for June to July 2020, but the timing and mode of assessment may be subject to change. Any changes to the process will be published on this webpage and communicated by email to applicants. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.  

Last updated 1 April 2020, 11:00 (BST).   

About the Languages Teacher Training Scholarships programme

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.

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 - view further information on Early Career Payments)
  • 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.

To find out more about teaching, you can register to attend a Train to Teach event via the Get Into Teaching website. 

What our scholars say

'I am having a great training year thanks to the LTTS programme. Through webinars and seminars I learn more about ways to teach languages and creative approaches to teaching by listening to guest speakers and British Council partners. My placement school also benefits from the inspirational ideas and resources. It feels like a big family and it is great to network with other scholars. One of my highlights this year was taking part in the Goethe Institute German Day.'
Katharina Jakobi, LTTS scholar 2019/20

'I got so much from my year with the British Council - I made sure to attend as many events as possible, such as Language World and an APPG on languages at the Houses of Parliament - such great experiences. The people I met have been fundamental to my success as a languages teacher so far and it was such a great springboard to my career.'
Holly Goodenough, LTTS scholar 2018/19

‘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, LTTS scholar 2018/19


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 are now closed. Thank you for your interest in the Languages Teacher Training Scholarships.  We have now closed applications for the 2020/21 academic year.

Application deadlines and key dates

Applications for the 2020/21 academic year will be accepted via the online system until Monday 1 June 2020. Eligible applicants are expected to be invited to attend an assessment 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 as well as the Department for Education Get Into Teaching site if you require more general advice on starting your teacher training journey.

Contact us

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

Or telephone 0161 957 7755.

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