Language teacher with pupils in class
Language teacher with pupils  ©

Department for Education 

Applications closed for September 2017 entry

The deadline for applications to start in September 2017 has passed.

We will release further information for September 2018 entry in autumn 2017, so please continue to check this page or please visit the Get Into Teaching page.

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 in England.

As a language teacher, 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 a 2:1, or predicted 2:1 in French, German or Spanish. 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.
  • have a relevant PhD or Master’s degree, or recognised equivalent, in French, German or Spanish.
  • be a UK or EU national who has been residing in the EU for the past three years.
  • meet the student finance criteria.
  • 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, please take a look at the 'Train to teach in England' section at the bottom of this page or look at our opportunities to study or work abroad.

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. We will announce the deadline for 2018 entry here.

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, 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 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. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of preparation you can do. Find out more on the STA website.