Free courses

The University offers all its 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 choose not to study a language for credits (as a Module Outside the Main Discipline or a Widening Horizons module), you have the opportunity to apply for a place on a language course with no fee to pay.

A free language course can also be used to earn credits towards the Personal Skills Award (PSA).

The College of Arts and Law currently extends this opportunity to its campus-based postgraduate students.

How and when to apply

New students apply online during Welcome week. 

For students starting at the University in September 2017, the application period will be Monday 18 September to Friday 22 September only. No late applications will be accepted.

Current and continuing students apply in the summer term for the following academic year. Applications for 2017-18 are now closed for continuing students (See Key dates and deadlines below).

The information available at our What Level am I? webpage and our placement tests will help you to see which entry level you need. Queries about entry levels can be resolved by e-mailing the relevant Language Co-ordinator in Languages for All.

Please also read carefully the Terms and Conditions below.

In registering for this opportunity, you are expressing your interest in joining one of our language courses. Free places are limited and we regret we cannot guarantee a place to all applicants. These 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 for the full duration of the course before taking up a place which would be of greater benefit to another applicant.

Which languages can I learn?

An explanation of entry levels is given here

Terms and Conditions


  • All students registered for an undergraduate programme of study at this University are eligible to apply for a Free Language Course.
  • The College of Arts and Law may at its discretion extend this opportunity to students registered for postgraduate study in this College.  However, the scheme is set up primarily to extend the learning opportunities available to undergraduate students, who are given priority for places.
  • ‘Free’ places are funded by your home School/College. The number of places is limited and unfortunately not all applicants can be accommodated. 
  • Places are not available to students already undertaking a language course as an accredited optional module in their programme of study (MOMD).
  • We reserve the right to decline enrolments which are not appropriate to students’ previous knowledge or experience of the language/level.

Information and Application procedure

  • Information and application will be available to current students of the University during the summer term for the next academic year.
  • New incoming students will apply for places during Welcome week.
  • One application only per student will be accepted.  Duplicate applications will be removed and the latest application only will be counted.
  • Applications made after the published deadline will not be accepted.
  • If demand for a language course exceeds the number of spaces available, free places are allocated on a random basis to the applications received. We do not operate a ‘first come, first served’ allocation process.
  • A student can take only one free language course (or optional language MOMD) in an academic year.
  • Students who have made an unsuccessful application in a previous year will be given priority for a place.
  • A degree of priority will also be given to students who have already completed a language course with Languages for All.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will be informed as soon as possible after the applications deadline and a waiting list will be kept until the start of the courses. Places which become available through cancellations will be offered to unsuccessful applicants, who will be contacted on their University e-mail address.

Module Registration

  • Free Language Course places are allocated to students for the full academic year and students will be registered for the appropriate module as part of the enrolment process.
  • Free Language modules are zero-credit rated and will not impact in any way on other modules or the calculation of end-of-year marks or degree classifications.
  • Students with a Free Language Course place will also be registered to the corresponding Canvas course, where course details, timetable information and teaching group allocations are published.

Workload and Commitment

  • We ask that you are committed to attending weekly classes in the autumn and spring terms, and the work involved before taking up a place which could benefit another applicant.
  • Please do not make an application If you are off campus on placement for part of the year (e.g. in Semester 2) and therefore cannot commit to classes for the full duration of the courses.
  • Free Language Courses equate to taking an additional 20-credit module, but without formal assessment. Before accepting a place, students should be aware of the commitment required and take this into account when considering their workload over the full academic year.
  • Any student who does not attend the first class without prior notification to Languages for All will forfeit their place on the course with immediate effect.  Their registration will be cancelled and the vacant place will be offered to another applicant.
  • Failure to attend 3 consecutive classes without a valid reason will result in removal from the course list.  Students will not be eligible to re-join classes in that academic year, but the language module will remain on their student record. A Fail result will automatically be recorded.
  • The deadline for transfer requests (between Free Language Courses) and withdrawals from the scheme is Week 6 of Semester 1.  After this time, students can be removed from class lists but the language module will remain on their student record.


  • In line with other 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, to be taken as part of normal coursework, and their format will vary by language and level. ‘Satisfactory’ means that it would be awarded a mark of at least 40% if graded;
  • Your Free Language Course will appear on your end-of-year transcript with a Pass or Fail result.  No numeric marks are awarded for these.

Key dates and deadlines - 2017

  • 8 May to 16 June 2017:  Applications open for continuing students. After 16 June we regret we are unable to accept applications from continuing students.
  • End July 2017: Continuing students will be notified of the outcome of their application by e-mail and will be asked to confirm their acceptance.
  • July/August 2017: Successful applicants will be enrolled for their language course in Canvas. Where parallel teaching groups are offered, students will be asked to reserve a place in their preferred timetable slot in Canvas. 
  • September 2017: Teaching locations will be uploaded onto Canvas.
  • 18 September 2017: Applications open for new students. The final deadline is 22 September: after this date there will be no further opportunity for students to apply for a free language course in the 2017-18 academic year.
  • 27 September 2017: New students will be notified of the outcome of their application by e-mail.
  • Monday 2 October 2017: All courses start.