Learning a foreign language
Life outside study
Being able to confidently speak with people who speak another language is also useful when you work, study or take a holiday abroad.
When you study with us on campus, you can learn a language for free alongside your course with our Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP). You have the flexibility to choose to study a language for personal interest as well as for credits towards your degree when studying a full-time Bachelor's degree.
Languages you can study
You can choose from 8 languages:
- British Sign Language
Discover how you can learn a language for free alongside your course.
How it works
You can study a language even if you're a complete beginner and have never studied it before. When you apply, we'll determine your ability and which classes will best suit you.
The application process will determine a student’s language ability and therefore which level they will begin on. Students will be assigned to an appropriate level, subject to availability.
Classes take place weekly during term time in the evenings and on Wednesday afternoons at times when there's usually no other scheduled teaching. This makes it easy to fit in classes alongside your main studies.
There are 11 classes in teaching block 1 and another 12 classes in teaching block 2. Classes are 2 hours long if you study at beginner or intermediate level or 3 hours long if you studied the language at A level.
You're assessed so that you're put in the right group for your level of experience.
Pease note that all IWLP modules are campus-based only.
Each IWLP module lasts 1 teaching block, giving you flexibility to choose when you study.
You can study your chosen language either in Teaching Block 1, or in Teaching Block 2 – or in both teaching blocks of an academic year, if you wish.
Extra support and resources
Away from language classes, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get extra help and support, and practise your language skills.
The Language Corner service is an optional weekly drop-in session. You can meet with a language tutor, get help with specific challenges and practise your skills with proficient speakers of your chosen language.
The Global Café meets in-person and online on Wednesday afternoon. Students from all over the world meet here to learn about each other's cultures and practise speaking in each other's languages.
Moodle is the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE). You can access all IWLP study resources on Moodle from anywhere with a web connection.
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