This page refers to the Languages Teacher Training Scholarships.

Please see answers below to common questions you may have about the scholarship, eligibility criteria and teacher training.

Can I apply for a bursary and the Scholarship?

No, Scholarships of £28,000 are awarded in place of a bursary. Should you wish to find out more about bursaries, please visit the Get IntoTeaching website. 

If I don’t get the Scholarship, can I still train to be a teacher?

Yes. We have a limited number of Scholarships and we expect there to be tough competition. The Scholarships will be awarded to those who we think best meet or exceed the selection criteria and who perform well at assessment. Those who are not successful in their Scholarship application can still continue with their Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course application and, if eligible, receive a training bursary from the DfE.

How will I be paid?

The scholarship will be paid by your training provider in equal monthly instalments from October to July. Your initial teacher training provider will confirm your exact payment schedule.

Scholars in 2020-21 who successfully complete their training and secure a teaching role may be eligible to receive early career payments - payments of £2000 from the DfE will be made at the start of years 2, 3 and 4 of qualified teaching (subject to eligibility). For further information please contact the Get Into Teaching team.

My training provider has asked for evidence of teaching / schools experience in my application – how can I get this?

Please take a look at the Get Into teaching website. The School Experience Programme (SEP) can be one way to gain valuable schools experience. Please register on the Department for Education website Get Into Teaching where you will also have access to direct support with getting into teaching. 

How do I apply for a Teacher Training Course in England?

All applicants will need to apply for an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course via UCAS 

Please note that the British Council does not provide a training course - this is the responsibility of the applicant to secure. But there are plenty of resources available to help you with your search, including:

The Department for Education's Get Into Teaching website

The government's Find postgraduate teacher training tool

By September 2020, you must secure your training place (you won't be able to receive a scholarship without a confirmed training place). 

Where can I apply for a Scholarship?

Applications for the 2020-21 academic year have now closed.  We will update our website with future cycle application details.

When is the deadline for Scholarship applications?

The deadline for the 2020/21 academic year (now closed) was 1st June 2020. We will update our website with future cycle application details. 

Do I need to have secured a place on an eligible training course before I apply for the scholarship?

No, you can apply for the scholarship before, concurrently to or following your training provider application. You will be able to provide details of your training provider application status in our application form.

I graduated 10 years ago, will I need to refresh my subject knowledge?

We welcome applications from graduates who demonstrate a strong desire to teach and a passion for languages. You do not need to be a recent graduate to apply however, you will need to ensure that your language skills enable you to teach up to A Level standard.  We advise you to talk to your training provider about this as they will have different requirements. You may need to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.  For more information please visit the Get Into Teaching website

I am currently on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course (SKE) as part of a conditional offer. Should I apply for a scholarship

You can apply at any time but we will be assessing your subject knowledge, so you may prefer to wait until you have completed or at least started your SKE course. 

What criteria will you use to assess my application?

We are looking for candidates who demonstrate a strong passion and skill for teaching languages up to A Level. Please consider including the following information in your application: 

  • Relevant skills, knowledge and experience
  • Why you are passionate about language learning 
  • How you feel you can inspire others 
  • Your motivation to be a teacher 
  • Your experience of working with young people 
  • Your experience of  teaching
  • Your knowledge of the education sector and language learning in England
  • Your intercultural experience; what experience have you had living and working abroad for example.

You will also need to meet the minimum standard criteria which you can find here as well as meeting the bursary requirements of the Department for Education. There will be a three stage process of; eligibility checks, assessment of your application leading to potential shortlisting and an invitation to an assessment day in London or Manchester should you be successful.

Exact dates and details of the assessment days will be emailed to successful candidates. 

Can you tell me more about the assessment process?

Candidates will be assessed at application stage and those shortlisted will be invited to attend an assessment day. We advise that you visit a school for some school experience before you attend an assessment day. The assessment day consists of two parts; a group assessment, followed by an individual interview. Candidates will be contacted regarding the assessment days if they are successful and will be given information of next steps. 

Where possible we may arrange for virtual interviews for overseas candidates on a case by case basis.

What is the difference between a Bursary and a Scholarship?

Please refer to the Get Into Teaching website for more information about Bursaries and Scholarships. 

What qualifications do I need to apply?

To be eligible for a scholarship, you should have at least a 2:1 degree or above. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience in French, German and/or Spanish.

Can I apply for the scholarship if I do not have a degree in languages?

Applications for the scholarship may be considered for those who have an Undergraduate, Masters or PhD degree in subjects other than French, German or Spanish, but they must demonstrate proficiency in the chosen language to enable teaching up to A Level standard. This will be assessed if the candidate is selected to attend an assessment. 

Can I apply if I am not a recent graduate or want a career change?

Yes. We are looking for gifted and passionate future language teachers. As long as you fit the eligibility criteria you do not need to be a recent graduate to apply. Please also look at Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses to assess your language level. 

What language(s) do I need to have?

The Scholarship is available for those training to teach French, German or Spanish. To be eligible you need to secure a teacher training place by the end of September. Your training provider would specify whether you need one or two languages and to what level If you wish to apply to teach a language other than French, German or Spanish, you may still be eligible to apply for a bursary. Please register at the Get Into Teaching website to receive direct support from an advisor. You can also look at the information online at the same website for the bursary scheme.

I obtained my degree abroad; am I still eligible to apply?

Yes, as long as you meet the other eligibility criteria and your degree is equivalent to the degree requirements, then you can apply.


You must be able to prove that your qualification is the correct level and we request a certificate from NARIC. For more individual advice on how your qualifications overseas compare to qualifications from educational institutions in the UK, please also visit NARIC’s website.


We do not accept notary signed copies or individually translated documents as we cannot verify these.


If your teacher training course provider has accepted your qualification, please ask them for a letter of proof to upload with your application if required. You can also contact your training provider for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance. 


Please note the Department for Education can also support the NARIC Statement of Comparability process and costs, with further information available on the Get Into Teaching – Eligibility for Teacher Training website.

Does the Scholarship cover teacher training in primary schools?

No, the Scholarship is only available to trainee language teachers at secondary school level. 

What type of teacher training do I need to apply for?

You must have secured a training place on either an eligible non-salaried school or a University-led languages course in England for the 2020/21 academic year by September 2020 leading to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) at secondary level.

Are there Scholarships for other subjects?

Yes, if you are interested in becoming a teacher of Computing, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Geography, please contact the relevant organisations to find out more about the Scholarship opportunities

When will I hear after I have submitted my application?

We anticipate a large volume of applications and cannot currently set a date for when we will inform applicants if they have been successful, and any dates would be an estimate. 

For 2020/21 applications we aim to have all assessments completed within one month after the closing deadline, at which point we will inform all applicants of the outcome. 

We thank you for your patience. 


You will need to provide details of relevant referees who we can contact as part of our assessment. If you have typed an incorrect address or they have since retired, left their position or are absent for a period of time, please provide the LTTS team ( with an alternate reference itself or address where they may be contacted. Please note that the manual process is slower due to volumes of applications but your application will not necessarily be slowed due to the missing references. 


PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education)

QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)

SKE (Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses) 

SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training)

LTTS (Languages Teacher Training Scholarships)

ITT (Initial Teacher Training)

DfE (Department for Education)

NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre)

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How to make a complaint

Details on our complaints procedure can be found here.

If you wish to make a complaint, you can do so by email, letter or telephone, however we encourage you to make your complaint in writing wherever possible. All complaints should be made within 90 days of the date that the event occurred, or the date that the issue came to your attention.