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About the Languages Teacher Training Scholarship

Are you passionate about French, German or Spanish? If so, you could receive a scholarship of £28,000 to train as a secondary-school language teacher in England.

As a language teacher, you can continue to use your languages every day. You can play a part in equipping the next generation with skills employers need. Good language teachers are in demand and there has never been a better time to enter the profession, with attractive starting salaries and long-term job prospects. 

Take a step towards inspiring a new generation of young people to love languages as much as you do.

Am I eligible?

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.

If you have a 2:1 degree in a different subject that demonstrates excellent language skills and significant knowledge, you may also apply.

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 in exceptional circumstances.

You must also: 

  • be entitled to support for a tuition fee loan via Student Finance England if you’re a home or EU student. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by their country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI).
  • by September 2020, secure your training place on an eligible university-led or school-led (fee-based, non-salaried) language course in England for the 2020/21 academic year. The training place must be with a provider allocated ITT places via DfE 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.

Applications for academic year 2019/20 are now closed

More information on applications for the 2020/21 academic year will be available in October 2019.

Contact us

If you would like more information, please email or telephone us on 0161 957 7755.

Train to teach in England

If you don’t meet the eligibility criteria, or you are not quite sure if teaching is for you, or if you are interested in training to teach another subject, there is advice and support available from Get into Teaching.

Follow Get into Teaching’s advice on pre- and post-application steps below:  

  1. Get some school experience. It’s important to make sure that teaching is for you, so if you haven’t had recent experience in a UK school, then Get Into Teaching can help you with their School Experience Programme.
  2. Choose a teacher training route to suit you. There are two different types of teacher-training routes. One is school-led, and the other is university-led. Both will give you practical and theoretical skills to become an effective and inspirational qualified teacher, but they are delivered differently. Find out more about different training routes.
  3. Apply for teacher training. You can apply through UCAS Teacher Training – here, you’ll need to make sure you impress each school or university with a strong application, Get into Teaching has help and advice on this. 
  4. Book your skills test. Once you send your teacher-training application, you’re ready to book your skills test. There’s plenty of preparation you can do. Find out more on the STA website.

What our Scholars Say...

Monica Palenzuela

‘I feel very privileged to have received a Languages Teacher Training Scholarship. I have had the opportunity to attend conferences and enrichment days; participate in webinars; and meet other scholars, experts, linguists, and teachers whom I wouldn’t have the chance to meet otherwise. Through these events, I met lots of speakers who have inspired me to become the best teacher that I can be!’

Linda Hill

‘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.’

Aimée Hardy

‘I have absolutely loved my training year! It is intense and a lot of work, but so rewarding. Having the LTTS programme has been amazing, as I have had access to really useful and interesting webinars and events. I'm currently approaching the end of my PGCE, and am lucky to have worked with some amazing pupils and colleagues in two schools this year. From September, I will be working at a new growing school - I am extremely lucky to be working with a federation of schools that truly values languages.’

Tom Ricketts

‘I really enjoyed my training year and the LTTS, a real highlight of the scholarship was going to the Houses of Parliament, which was super insightful - very interesting just to be inside the Houses of Commons but also to hear about conscious steps that are being made to increase uptake of Modern Foreign Languages. It was extremely interesting for me as a trainee, as a passionate linguist and as a PGCE student!’

Susie Raymond-Barker

‘I've really enjoyed my teacher training this year, partly thanks to the support of the British Council. The dedicated staff at the British Council are very friendly and great at holding webinars and organising tickets for us to attend conferences. Having a network of like-minded trainees to discuss things with at events and on the Facebook group creates a great sense of community.’