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English language courses

The UK education system can seem confusing, especially if you have finished high school in your own country but don’t yet have the qualifications to go straight on to a British course.  Take a look at this pdf file to see an example of the pathways through the UK education system.

Our English language courses are designed to help you adapt to living and studying in a UK university environment. If you want to compare your current IELTS score to the Common European Framework please see the IELTS website.

The following English language courses can qualify you for a full programme of academic study at Salford and each one is fully accredited by the British Council and will help you to:

  • build your confidence using English and speak more fluently in an academic setting
  • listen and respond effectively in seminars and tutorials
  • understand academic texts
  • write with a high standard of academic English
  • become a more independent learner
  • reflect on your learning and identify how to improve your skills

View the semester dates for the University of Salford; these include non-teaching weeks and University vacations.

Click on the following tabs for more information about each of our English language course, including how to apply and how much it costs. As well as the fee for each course, you should consider further costs to learning which will include stationery and some printing. Course books are included in the fee but to support your self-study, you are encouraged to purchase your own dictionary, thesaurus and an English grammar book (although these are available to share in the library). These can cost around £15 each. For more information, including Frequently Asked Questions about deposits, refunds and deadlines for cancellations please visit our registration page.

Key course facts

  • Each intake is taught in two semesters of 11 and 12 weeks (with vacation in between)
  • Start dates in September and January
  • Maximum class sizes of 18
  • Minimum entry requirements
This programme is designed for ambitious students who want to study at a British university but have been educated in a different country. The course will equip you with the English language skills and fundamental academic knowledge that you will need to get the most out of your degree and help you succeed in a fast-moving, globally competitive world while studying.

Course dates for 2016-17

September Intake:
26 September 2016 – 26 May 2017 (including examination period)
January Intake:
09 January 2017 – 14 July 2017 (including examination period)

For information about the times of classes Monday – Friday (an “academic hour” is 50 minutes), private study periods and the number of taught hours per week take a look at an example timetable. Saturdays and Sundays are non-teaching days.

Key course facts

This full-time English language course is suitable if you are coming to Salford and your English is of an elementary standard. The course will equip you to study at Salford at a foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Course dates for 2016-17

Block 1:
26 September 2016 – 16 December 2016
Block 2:
9 January 2017 – 31 March 2017

For information about the times of classes Monday – Friday (an “academic hour” is 50 minutes), private study periods and the number of taught hours per week take a look at an example timetable. Saturdays and Sundays are non-teaching days.

Key course facts

This full-time English language course is suitable if you are coming to Salford as an international student and your English is of a pre-intermediate standard or higher. The course runs for 18 weeks over the summer and will equip you to study at Salford at a foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Course dates for 2016-17

Block 1:
24 April 2017 – 2 June 2017
Block 2:
5 June 2017 – 14 July 2017
Block 3:
17 July 2017 – 25 August 2017

For information about the times of classes Monday – Friday (an “academic hour” is 50 minutes), private study periods and the number of taught hours per week take a look at an example timetable. Saturdays and Sundays are non-teaching days.

Most students will be 18 or over when they  commence their studies at the University of Salford, or turn 18 soon after they  start. The University is an adult environment and treats all its students  as independent, mature individuals and students who are under the age of 18  years will be treated in the same way. A Salford Languages policy on  Safeguarding Under 18’s is in place and additional safeguarding measures are in  place where students are 16 or under. Here you can find out more information about support available to under 18s.

University Wide Language Programme

Staff and students alike can prepare for an international career by learning a language whilst studying or working at the University of Salford.  Salford Languages currently offers courses in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.

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Modern Foreign Languages

Salford Languages currently runs undergraduate programmes in Modern Languages and Translation and Interpreting (final year only).  We pride ourselves on our applied approach to language teaching, meaning that students develop knowledge about foreign languages and cultures at the same time as developing a range of important employability skills from presentation and communication skills to mediation and research skills.

Some of our Modern Foreign Languages students have enjoying a period of study abroad. We have links with universities across Europe, including institutions specialising in translation and interpreting.   The year abroad provides students with an international outlook as well as initiative, self-reliance and adaptability to international working practices and environments.
Our multi-lingual graduates benefit from a range of employment and postgraduate learning opportunities.  Many progress into international business positions, and closer to home they are highly sought after in the areas of teaching, interpreting and translation with many of our alumni now in key positions in the translation industry.

Salford Languages graduates are far more likely to work overseas (48%) compared to University of Salford graduates overall (10%).

English for Academic Purposes 

If you are looking to improve your academic English sign up to our English for Academic Purposes courses which are open to all Salford students.

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