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Department for Education 

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 £27,500 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 in equal monthly instalments from October to July, with additional payments in February and July, or in the final month of your course. Your initial teacher training provider will confirm your exact payment schedule. 

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?

There are a number of different routes into teaching. Please register on the Department for Education website Get Into Teaching where you will have access to direct support with getting into teaching and advice on applying for a Teacher Training Course. 

Where can I apply for a Scholarship?

Applications are now open. Please apply here. Please note that once you submit your application form, you will not be able to change it. You should receive an email of confirmation automatically when you submit. If you do not receive this, please check your junk folders to ensure it has not gone into the junk mail. 

When is the deadline for Scholarship applications?

Recruitment is ongoing but the final deadline is 31 July 2017. Please apply early to avoid disappointment as places are limited. 

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. 

 

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. Please note that due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to give specific dates on assessment days. 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 in order to do this. Recruitment is on-going therefore specific days cannot be given and candidates will be given alternate dates if they cannot attend a certain day. Unfortunately we cannot arrange for interviews to take place virtually at this time. 

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?

You will need to hold or be predicted to achieve either a first or 2:1 Honours degree or have a 2:2 with significant experience relevant to teaching.  

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; I am 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 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. If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table. You can also contact your training provider for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance

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 2017/18 academic year by September 2017.

Does the Scholarship cover teacher training in Primary schools?

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

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2017. Please note that recruitment has been on-going and there have been a large volume of applications. We are currently processing applications but this will take time. We thank you for your patience. 

References

Your nominated referees will automatically be contacted via our online application form system if you are successful during eligibility checks and the assessment stages. 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 (LanguagesTeacherTrainingScholarships@britishcouncil.org) 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. 

Glossary

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)

If you can't find what you're looking for or would like to ask another question, please email us at languagesteachertrainingscholarships@britishcouncil.org or telephone us on 0161 957 7755