Teaching modern languages offers challenges with big rewards. Choosing this path is not just about teaching vocabulary and pronunciation, it requires the commitment to developing real cultural awareness.
The main languages taught in schools are French, German and Spanish. Others include Italian, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Urdu and Bengali. There is a shortage of teachers available in these priority subjects and there is demand for high-calibre talent to take on the challenge.
The number of children taking a modern foreign language (MFL) at GCSE was almost a third higher in 2013 than it was in 2011. This growth is forecast to continue to grow, so there is a real need for talented language teachers.
Also a recent government review of the national curriculum has recommended that all children from the age of nine should learn a foreign language.
If you specialise in teaching modern languages at secondary level, bursaries of up to £20,000 are available. The amount of bursary you will be eligible for depends on the subject you want to teach and your degree class. For further information, please visit our bursary information page
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If you’re a candidate from the European Economic Area (EEA) you need to have a university degree or the English equivalent, and be a confident and competent English speaker. For more information about qualification comparisons and to help determine postgraduate bursary eligibility, you should consult your chosen training provider or refer to the equivalency table (PDF, 1MB). This is based on a grade comparison exercise carried out by UK NARIC of the majority of international awards that are considered comparable to British Bachelor (honours) degree standard.
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