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Language modules

Language modules are 20 credit elective modules which allow students to study a language as part of their degree.


Language modules are available to undergraduate students on eligible programmes in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. To check if you are eligible to take a language as part of your degree, please consult the eprospectus. We specify in the module listing for each degree where this is an option.

Entry criteria

If you are eligible to take a language module, please note that you must still meet the module pre-requisite. Admittance to a language module is subject to availability and approval. Information about pre-requisites and the availability of modules is specified on each module below.

TLC1010 Language 1 
TLC2000 Language 2 
TLC3000 Language 3


All language modules usually take place on a Thursday afternoon in a designated two hour slot between 1pm and 6pm. The exact time of your language module will be confirmed during Induction Week and this information will be published on Blackboard.

Thursday afternoons are reserved for language modules so you will not experience a clash with any other core or compulsory module.

Language module length

All language modules start in Semester 1 and finish in Semester 2. This allows you to acquire the language over a longer period of time.

Why learn a language?

Language modules are designed for students across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences who wish to learn a brand new language, or build on existing language skills as part of their degree. Language modules complement all degree programmes and allow students to diversify their studies whilst acquiring a new skill. Here are some of the key benefits of studying a language:

  • Tailor your degree according to personal interests, or specific study interests
  • Enhance your employability with knowledge of a second language
  • Open up the possibility of living, studying or working abroad
  • Acquire a practical skill for life
  • Gain an insight into a different culture through language
  • Improve the functionality of your brain and your problem-solving skills
  • Improve your listening skills and comprehension
  • See the world from a new perspective
  • Become better at English
  • Meet other students from across the Faculty
  • Boost your confidence and improve communication skills

Language support

In addition to the resources available on the module VLE and the support from your tutor, language module students are also entitled to the following:

Appointments with the Programme Co-ordinator
Film playlists

How to apply

New students

New students going into their first year will be able to elect a language module when they receive instructions about making their module choices. This is usually in August before the terms starts in September/October.

Current Students

Current level 4 and 5 students can elect a language module when they receive correspondence about making their module choices for the next year. This usually takes place in March.


I am a first year student. Can I take a language module at beginners level?
I am a second or third year student. Can I take a language module at beginners level?
Can I elect a second year or third year language module if I did not complete the corresponding level 4 or 5 language module?
I want to learn a language but don’t wish to study it as part of my degree. Is this possible?