Language Centre

Modules for credit

We have listed some of the most frequently asked questions below. If yours isn’t here, send it to Yvonne at

How do I register?

In the same way you register for your other modules: through Student Choices online (MOCS). The Language option will appear as 'EUQ001' or 'EUQ006' depending on the semester (this is not the module code; it just lets us know you'd like to take a language).

As long as you have the option to take a ten-credit module outside your own degree, you can access the full range of levels and languages.

Once you tick EUQ001 / EUQ006, you'll be asked which language you'd like to study and you will fill in a box to let us know your experience of learning the language and any qualifications. The Language Centre manager will read this and allocate you to the best matched level. Let us know of any previous experience, even if it has been a while and you have forgotten everything!

There will be opportunity for further evaluation before and as the semester starts, but make sure you give as accurate a description of your experience and competence to date. This will avoid having to make too many changes later.

Once the registration has gone through, your module will appear on your timetable and on Learn in the same way your other modules will. You should see 2 hours a week (3 hours for Mandarin).

What level will I be assigned to?

We place you on the basis of prior experience, and evaluate you on a one-to-one basis if your case is not clear-cut (for example, you have studied independently, but have no qualification, or have studied outside of the UK).

Here are a few examples:

  • No experience: Level 1, complete beginners
  • GCSE A-B: Level 3
  • AS Level: Level 5
  • A Level: Level 7
  • CEFR C1: Level 11

We know it might have been quite some time since you last studied, and it will feel as though you have forgotten everything.

This is usually the case for those of you who took a GCSE. We take this into account in the design of our modules, which include a lot of revision !

Can I take a language as a module if I’m a complete beginner?

Yes - regardless of your degree, you can take a language if you are a complete beginner. You will start at level 1.

I did a language at GCSE, but I can’t remember anything. Can I start over?

Many students are in your case - this is one of the questions we receive most often!

It will feel to you as though you remember nothing. However, if you have forgotten how to produce any language, you will usually quite quickly be able to recognise things you were taught in the past.

This is different from never having been exposed to the language.

Our modules include a lot of revision to refresh your memory, and once you get going you will find your brain starts to bring buried skills back to the surface. It's important that you attend all the classes and do all the work early on.

If you still find you are struggling, make an appointment with your teacher early on in the semester.




I really didn’t enjoy languages at school – will it be any different here?

We focus on teaching you to communicate independently, through a range of approaches and using varied materials.

Our interest is getting you to learn and be able to speak, write, and understand the language in the real world.

We won’t ask you to reel off set phrases by heart for the sole purposes of passing a test – instead, you will reverse engineer the language, practise using it in pairs and small group in realistic communicative situations.

Where appropriate, we use authentic materials to give you greater insight into the culture, and when possible we will provide opportunities to interact with native speakers.

I want to study a language, but not as part of my degree.

You can take an evening class in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian or Spanish.

There’s a fee to pay, but we keep it as low as possible for students. You can find more information and sign up on the evening classes page.

Alternatively, you can use the self-study resources in the Language Centre Lab (Herbert Manzoni K 1.24).