What is the University Language Scheme?

The ULS - University Language Scheme - is open to everyone, and enables students and staff to study a language in addition to your degree or work. You can study on the ULS as part of your course, or take it as an additional module. There are a limited number of spaces available on each module and these are allocated in order of registration.

Students in the final year of an Undergraduate course cannot obtain credit for Stage 1 language study.

Staff may be able to receive headstart funding. Please note that the ULS module application and headstart application are two separate processes to complete. Please discuss with your line manager if you would like to apply.

the application deadline has now passed. ULS classes begin week commencing 2nd October 2017.

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How do I learn?
  • Classes are intensive and designed to give you the opportunity to progress rapidly
  • two hours of tuition a week from May to October in a friendly and supportive learning environment (22 students max per class)
  • four hours of self-study per week for all modules; we have a range of web based self-study materials
  • individual support from the language assistants in French, German, Spanish and Italian
  • a self-study area
  • social language learning events
  • you speak, listen, read, and write in your chosen language
  • active, varied learning in small groups, with lively activities and multimedia learning
  • You are assessed as you learn through written and spoken assignments, so there is no final exam.
How will I be assessed?

You are assessed through coursework only. First sit assessment takes place during ULS teaching weeks.

These documents give an overview of the assessment for each ULS stage.

Please note they are subject to slight change for the subsequent academic year.

Learning outcomes

ULS modules are mapped against the Common European Framework (CEF), which details your skill levels in your chosen language(s) as follows:

ULS stage CEF level
1 A1
2 A2
3 A2/B1
4 B1/B2
5 B2/C1
6 C1/C2

Your result at the end of your language module will determine to what extent you can function at the CEF level.

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