Beyond School

Opportunities for teachers to upskill their language. From further and higher education establishments.

Supporting teachers

"Where the university has a faculty or school of education, the links between the languages departments and the faculty/school is of great importance in taking forward a 1+2 agenda and in reviewing and developing programmes of ITE and CPD in support of the policy."

Language Learning in Scotland: A 1+2 Approach (Scottish Government, 2012)


Erasmus+ is a Europe-wide fund to support and encourage the mobility of teachers, students and other adults. Erasmus+ funding offers primary and secondary teachers, of languages or any other subject, the opportunity to attend language courses at all levels, from beginner to advanced, in language schools across Europe. Funding covers travel, course fees, accommodation and food.

Applications must be made by the school rather than the individual teacher and demonstrate how the opportunity would sit within medium-term objectives of the school as well as in line with Erasmus+ objectives. More information on how a school can register with the programme is below. The closing date for applications is around the end of January each year. Projects are then given approval by May/June of the same year and can start within a few days. Funding should be applied for under Key Action 1.

Malaca Instituto

Malaca Instituto is an award winning School of Spanish and is widely recognised amongst its peers to be one of the leading language schools. Dedicated to the teaching of Spanish for over 40 years, it is located in a residential suburb of Malaga, 15 minutes’ bus-ride from the city centre and 10 minutes walk to the beach. The school and its residence create a mini-campus with outstanding leisure and learning facilities.


  • Intensive/Super Intensive: 20, 24, 26 or 30 lessons/week
  • DELE preparation
  • University Access: Pathways to Selectividad and Masters
  • Spanish for Academic Purposes
  • Hispanic Studies: cultural gap-year
  • Spanish for International Trade and Commerce
  • Spanish for Business
  • Spanish for Teachers
  • Master Class (50 years+)
  • Spanish + Cookery
  • Spanish + Dance
  • Summer Course for young adults
  • Spanish + Internships
  • School group programmes

More information

LFEE Europe

LFEE Europe has been a Course Provider since 2002, delivering expert professional development training for teachers. Based in Edinburgh, LFEE Europe’s teaching team consists of French native speakers who are all experienced and fully qualified teachers and are committed to promoting French language and culture throughout Europe. Our French Immersion Courses take place in Lyon and Salignac, and our Spanish Immersion Courses take place in Málaga. Both are supported by the British Council (UK), Léargas (Republic of Ireland), and other European Agencies under Erasmus+ (KA1) European funding programme. For more information, email us.

Caledonia Worldwide

Intensive language courses in Europe

Nice marketA wide range of language courses designed for language teachers is available in Europe with funding provided by Erasmus Plus to help cover fees. Edinburgh based Caledonia Worldwide works closely with carefully selected language schools in many parts of Spain, France, Italy and Germany, keeping up to date with developments in each location through regular visits. The Caledonia team are all linguists who have worked and travelled abroad before joining the company, and offer personalised advice and recommendations for language courses in Europe.

Some courses may be offered on specific dates only, whilst others are available all year round. However, the key common factors are:

  • Courses are provided by fully accredited language institutions with professionally qualified, experienced native teachers 
  • Intensive courses enable teachers to refresh their own language skills and update their knowledge on current affairs as well as discover new teaching techniques 
  • Flexible dates and course content mean that you can customise your learning experience 
  • Accommodation is supplied in local homestays, residences or small local hotels/ apartments

Locations for specific Teacher Refresher courses include some well known cities and towns such as Nice, Rouen, Granada and Lucca. However, intensive language courses are also eligible for Erasmus+ funding and this considerably opens up the choice of locations on offer.

"The school [in Lucca] uses an interesting teaching method which I hadn’t encountered before and suited me well. It was pretty exhausting and challenging but worthwhile. The lessons were well-organised and engaging and my tutors were excellent. Patient, responsive and talented at explaining culture and language." (SM, October 2015)

Established in 1996, Caledonia Worldwide is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. It offers language and cultural school trips not only in Europe, but also Cuba and South America and is a specialist tour operator for music and dance trips. For further details, please contact Caledonia Worldwide on 0131 621 7721, by email or visit the website.

Information for organisations

Individuals must apply through their organisation and before being able to apply for Erasmus+ funding the organisation must register as follows:

University of Aberdeen

Gaelic Medium Education, PgCert

This 60-credit programme is run in partnership with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, and is fully-funded by the Scottish Government. It is delivered over an academic year via blended learning, with three face-to-face inputs, telephone tutorials and online support and delivery. Attendance at the face-to-face sessions is mandatory, and there is an ‘attendance’ requirement for telephone tutorials and on-line activity.

The programme covers a range of theoretical, historical and policy perspectives – interpretive, social, creative – relating to immersion and bilingual teaching and the promotion of Gaelic Medium Education.

University of Dundee

Distance Learning Graduate Diplomas for teachers in Spanish, French and German

In response to the growing need for language teachers in the UK and worldwide in Primary, Secondary, Further and Adult Education, the University of Dundee is pleased to offer a Diploma in Spanish for Teachers by Distance Learning.

The Diploma offers many advantages in that it allows you to study when and where you like, for as long as you like. It is designed to promote a lively, on-line learning community studying language and culture. A high degree of support is provided by native, or near-native, speaker tutors.

The Diploma is recognised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland and carries a rating of 160 SCOTCAT points (SCQF levels 9-11).

The University also offers Intensive Distance Learning courses in Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese & Gaelic.

Visit the website or download the flyer: Language courses by distance learning.

University of Glasgow:

University of Strathclyde

Spanish Language and DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera) preparation courses

The University is a centre for the examination in the Spanish Government’s official Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE - Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera). The exams are the official accreditation for the degree of fluency of the Spanish exams. They’re issued and recognised by the Ministry of Education, Culture & Sport of Spain and are organised by Instituto Cervantes and the University of Salamanca.

New online preparation courses for the DELE exams are available and are aimed at prospective candidates for the DELE exams.

Three year cycles to upskill in Italian and Spanish are offered by University of Strathclyde.

Both options are designed for:

  • secondary school teachers wishing to acquire an additional language
  • teachers of classics
  • primary school teachers
  • musicians
  • a range of professional people with an interest in Italy/Spain and its language

Follow the links below for information on the relevant course:

Gaelic immersion For Teachers (GiFT)

This is a full-time, one-year post-graduate diploma course. It’s designed to help qualified teachers with intermediate-level Gaelic transfer to Gaelic-medium classrooms.

The course is unique in Scotland. It combines language training with a focus on pedagogical requirements for working in GME including:

  • understanding approaches to language learning and teaching ‘immersion’ classrooms
  • current policy, provision & practice relating to GME
  • bilingualism in education

Cultural Organisations

In addition to support from Higher Education institutions, the Cultural Organisations within Scotland offer a variety of professional development courses both at home and abroad. 

This includes certificates in DELF and DALF, official diplomas awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify foreign candidates’ proficiency in French. The Institut français d’Écosse in Edinburgh and Alliance Française de Glasgow are both official testing centres.

The Goethe-Institut in Glasgow offers German certificate courses and exams, which are recognised worldwide.

The Consejería de Educación in the UK provides Spanish professional development courses.

A summary of what's available can be found under our professional learning page.


Career-long professional learning

SCILT offers a number of professional learning opportunities for in-service teachers in both the primary and secondary sectors. Details of the professional learning menu can be found on the Professional Development pages within the PrimaryS1-S3 and Senior Phase sections of our website.

Our SCILT/CISS professional learning flyer outlines the diverse types of CLPL opportunities we offer. Please email SCILT with any queries about these options.

Primary Language Learning for early phase teachers

group at Stirling training session

In recent years, SCILT’s support for student teachers and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) has expanded enormously. SCILT facilitates Primary Language Learning pedagogy courses for primary education students at the Universities of Edinburgh, Stirling, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Universities of Highlands & Islands and Dundee. 

These inputs aim to build the confidence of student teachers, regardless of their level of expertise in another language. The focus is upon embedding language learning in the classroom routine and providing contextualised language learning experiences with the key message are that a little language goes a long way.

photo of PLL session



Feedback from the workshops has been extremely positive with former students recommending the course to others and expressing how useful the content has been in their careers.

At the request of local authorities, SCILT designs and facilitates bespoke PLL inputs of varying length and content for Primary NQTs in Scotland. 

For more information or to book CLPL sessions, please email

University of Strathclyde Education Scotland British Council Scotland The Scottish Government
SCILT - Scotlands National centre for Languages