The University Language Scheme

The University Language Scheme (ULS) is open to staff and students, and enables you to study a language as part of your degree (or work). You can do this in two ways:

Staff: you may be able to receive Headstart funding to cover the costs. 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.

Students: if you're in the final year of an Undergraduate course, you cannot obtain credit for Stage 1 language study.

How do I learn?
  • Classes are intensive and designed to give you the opportunity to progress rapidly
  • two hours of tuition a week from October to May 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 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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