Free courses


The University offers all full time undergraduate students the opportunity to apply to study a foreign language for free. Whether you are a beginner or wish to brush up and build on your existing knowledge, learning a language can be fun, rewarding and enhance your career prospects.

If you do not study a language as a Module Outside the Main Discipline (MOMD), you have the opportunity to apply for a free language course with no fee to pay.

These free language courses can be used to earn credits towards the Personal Skills Award (PSA).

How and when to apply

Current students need to apply via our webform between Monday 18 May and Friday 19 June 2015. Late applications will not be accepted.

Before applying, you should consult the information available at What Level am I? and if necessary take one of our placement tests to see which entry level you need. Queries can be resolved by e-mailing the relevant Language Co-ordinator in Languages for All.

Please be aware that by registering for this opportunity, you are expressing your interest in joining a language course.  Free places are limited and unfortunately we cannot guarantee all students a place.  The places are funded by your home School/College and for this reason, we ask that you are committed to learning a language and the work involved before taking up the place of a fellow student.

Which languages can I learn?

Terms and Conditions

  • Places are limited. If demand for a course exceeds the number of spaces available, places will be allocated on a random basis to the applications received.
  • Only one free language course per student. Places are not available to students already undertaking a language course as a Module Outside the Main Discipline (MOMD).
  • Failure to attend 3 sessions in a row without a valid reason will result in removal from the course.
  • Students will be enrolled on a non-credit bearing language module to facilitate access to course material on Canvas and to allow course completion to be recorded on student transcripts. These modules do not contribute credits to students’ degree programmes and will not impact on any other marks.
  • We reserve the right to decline enrolments which are not appropriate to students’ previous knowledge/experience of the language level.

Conditions for Completion

  • In line with all University modules, a minimum of 70% attendance is required;
  • Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 6 pieces of formative assessment, 3 of which must be in Semester 2. (These are informal assessments and their format will vary by language and level);
  • Fulfilment of the above conditions will generate a non-credit bearing notification of completion on your end-of-year transcript.

Key dates and deadlines

  • 11 - 15 May2015: Languages for All Information Week (11.00-15.00 daily in the Ashley Building).
  • 18 May to 19 June 2015: Applications Open. The deadline of 19 June is final: after this date there will be no further opportunity for current students to apply for a free language course in the 2015-16 academic year.
  • July 2015: Current students will be notified of the outcome of their application by e-mail.
  • July/August 2015: Where multiple teaching times are available, successful applicants will be asked to reserve a place in their preferred teaching group in the Canvas section for their language course.
  • September 2015: Teaching locations will be uploaded onto Canvas
  • Monday 5 October 2015: Start of teaching in Languages for All