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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 2018-19        

Block 1
24 September 2018 – 14 December 2018     
Block 2
14 January 2019 – 5 April 2019    

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 2017-18

Block 1:
25 September 2017 – 15 December 2017
Block 2:
8 January 2018 – 27 April 2018

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 Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.

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Learning English for Academic Purposes (LEAP)

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

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