Language teacher with pupil
Language teacher with pupil  ©

Department for Education 

Applications for the academic year 2018/19 are now closed.

If you applied before 16 March 2018, you can expect to hear by the beginning of July 2018. If you applied later and before the 1 June 2018 deadline, we are currently assessing your applications and inviting shortlisted candidates to assessment days and will be in touch shortly.

If you have missed the deadline but are interested in becoming a Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) teacher, please visit Get Into Teaching to find out about the funding and training options and how to apply. You may still be eligible for a bursary from the UK's Department for Education (DfE).

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. 

As a languages teacher training scholar, you will, in addition to the financial support, receive access to mentor support and a range of professional development opportunities and resources.  

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 2018, secure your training place on an eligible university-led or school-led (fee-based, non-salaried) language course in England for the 2018/19 academic year. The training place must be with a provider allocated ITT places via NCTL 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.

When should I apply?

Applications are now closed

How do I apply?

Once you have secured a place with your preferred school or university, you can apply directly to us for the scholarship (applications now closed). Please make sure you meet the eligibility criteria.

You will need to complete all sections of the form and submit before the closing date – no late submissions can be accepted. All applications will then be assessed by our team, and all successful candidates will be invited to a group assessment day.

If you are not awarded a scholarship, you could still access a bursary. You can find out about the funding and training options available and how to apply for teacher training on the Department for Education's Get Into Teaching website.

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.