Languages Teacher Training Scholarships

What's it all about?

Are you passionate about French, German or Spanish? If so, you could receive a languages scholarship of £27,500 to train as a secondary school teacher.

As a language teacher you can continue to use your language 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 one of the following in French, German or Spanish:

  • a 2:1, or predicted 2:1
  • a relevant PhD or Master’s degree, or recognised equivalent.

We may also consider your application if you have a degree in another subject, or a 2.2 (or predicted 2.2) if you are able to demonstrate significant knowledge in the target language.

And you must meet the student finance criteria. To receive the scholarship you must also have secured a place on an eligible non-salaried languages teacher training scheme in England for the 2017/18 academic year by September 2017. But you can apply for the scholarship at the same time as applying for an eligible course. If you are unsure about your eligibility for the scholarship your chosen teacher training provider will be able to advise you.

If you don’t meet the criteria above then take a look at the Train to teach in England section at the bottom of this page. 

How do I apply?

You can apply directly to us for a scholarship alongside your application to secure a training place at your preferred school or university. The closing date is 31 July 2017, please apply early to avoid disappointment. 

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 LanguagesTeacherTrainingScholarships@britishcouncil.org or telephone us on 0161 957 7755.

We also have answers to frequently asked questions. 

Train to teach in England

If you don’t meet the eligibility criteria, you’re 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’s two different types of teacher training routes, school- and university-led, both will provide you with the practical and theoretical skills to become an effective and inspirational qualified teacher, but are delivered differently. Find out more about different training routes.
  3. Apply for teacher training. You 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 your teaching training application has been sent, you’re ready to book your skills test. Don’t worry there’s plenty of preparation you can do in advance of this. Find out more on the STA website.