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University Wide Language Programme (UWLP)

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Sign up for a language course

The application form will be live from 9:00am on Monday 23rd March as part of Online Module Enrolment (OME).

Grasp global opportunities by learning a language whilst studying or working at the University of Salford. 75% of the World's population don't speak any English so there is a growing demand for UK graduates and businesses to be able to communicate in another language and to understand foreign cultures.

  • Language learning enhances academic and employability skills which are crucial for success at university and beyond, as businesses increasingly compete on a global scale. Employers place more and more value on language skills alongside another specialisms so whatever you study – include a language.
  • Graduates with language skills have the potential to earn a higher salary.
  • Learning about other cultures and different attitudes and values helps you interact with people from different backgrounds - which is highly desirable in the global marketplace and contributes to a better society for all
  • Globalisation has led to a growing demand for language skills from employers and research shows that rates of unemployment are lower amongst graduates with knowledge of a second language, even at a basic level.
  • Even conversational competence will help you stand out from the crowd!

We are passionate about teaching language and our classes are student-centred and designed to develop your practical language skills at different levels, in a friendly, supportive environment.    

  1. Language modules are available as part of several undergraduate courses, and are worth 20 credits each.      
  2. You can choose to take a language course as a not-for-credit paid option - as extra-curricular learning or simply for personal interest.      

All courses are over two semesters with a choice of daytime and evening sessions to fit around your other commitments. You will have two contact hours per week, with experienced language tutors, mostly native speakers of that language. This means you get around 50 hours of supported learning to help you progress and consolidate your learning around the four core skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. You will also benefit from extra practice materials and activities provided through the Blackboard virtual learning environment.    

Which languages can I study?    

  • Arabic 
  • British Sign Language      
  • French      
  • German      
  • Italian      
  • Japanese      
  • Mandarin Chinese      
  • Spanish

The module content is very practical, preparing you for using the language in your future career, whether in the UK or abroad. The lower Stages will help you cope with everyday situations abroad or when dealing with visitors; the higher Stages aim to develop your ability to use the language more widely in a professional context.

You will develop all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) through class work, incorporating pair work and group work. When you have successfully completed the course, you will be able to communicate at a basic level in various everyday situations, be able to understand and write simple messages and have some understanding of the way of life in the countries where the language is spoken.

  • Class contact is 2 hours per week, plus a further hour each week of directed self study with extra practice materials and activities provided through the Blackboard virtual learning environment.
  • You can also benefit from dedicated learning space in Language Resource Centre on the 9th floor of Maxwell Building.
  • Formative assessments are carried out during class time and via Blackboard in Semester 1 to help you assess your own progress and consolidate learning.
  • UWLP module content

Language levels

Each language is taught at four different levels called 'Stages'. You can improve your existing skills or start learning a new language from scratch. Stages are allocated based on previous experience and/or qualifications in the language.

Which Stage should I join?

That will depend on what experience you already have (if any) of learning the language. As a general rule, even if you last studied the language a long time ago, you should join the Stage that matches any qualifications you have (see prerequisites).



Stage 1


No previous experience or Grade D or below at GCSE (or equivalent)

Stage 2

Lower intermediate

A1+, Grade A*-C at GCSE (or equivalent), or a pass at Stage 1

Stage 3


A2, Pass at AS level up to grade C (or equivalent) or a pass at Stage 2

Stage 4

Upper intermediate

A2+ OR B1/UK Pass at AS level at grade A or B (or   equivalent),pass at A2 level up to grade D (or equivalent), or a pass at   Stage 3

If you have grade A-C at A2 (or equivalent) or have already completed Stage 4 in a particular languages, you are deemed to have enough knowledge of that language to cope quite well abroad, so we encourage you to choose a different language. 

For further information on language levels in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages please click the link here. It will allow you to self-check your language level against the CEFR descriptors.

More information can be found at:

All staff and students at the University of Salford are able to study on the non-credit bearing option providing they have agreement with their line manager / Personal Tutor that participation in the programme will not negatively impact on their work, academic performance or other University commitments. Some programmes offer the University-Wide Language Programme modules as a credit-bearing optional module. You can find a full list of eligible programmes here.

If you are unsure whether your programme offers a language module, please ask your Programme Leader or email - we’re happy to help with this and any other languages related queries.

The courses are available to members of public, with family and friends of all staff members eligible to receive a 25% discount in fees. For more information on the external offering please visit

Summative assessments take place at the end of Semester 2 for students enrolled on credit-bearing modules. The marks obtained will contribute towards your level mark for that year.

For participants following a non-credit bearing course, if you wish to obtain a certificate you can sit the summative assessments at end of semester 2. The certificate is not a recognised qualification but will indicate your language level in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages which is internationally recognised as an assessment of foreign language proficiency.

More information on the structure of your Oral, Reading and Writing Assessment:

The enrolment process has two simple steps:
STEP 1. Select the University Wide Language Programme (UWLP) via Online Module Enrolment (OME) instead of one of your usual optional modules.
STEP 2. You will then be prompted to fill in an online application form to select the specific language you wish to study* (you will be asked to select a 2nd choice as well)
*Please note: If you fail to complete step 2, you will not be enrolled and may not be able to secure a place.
Changing your optional modules

If you would like to change one of your optional modules, you are permitted to request this change up to the end of the second week of teaching of either module.  If you have any questions about changing your modules please contact us at

Non-credit bearing course

To enrol onto one of the courses please follow these simple instructions:
STEP 1. Click here to book a course.
STEP 2. Once you have booked onto a course - payment, or part-payment must be received within one week of the Course starting to remain eligible to attend classes.  To make a payment please visit the online shop

The fees for each yearlong non-credit bearing course (running approximately for 24 weeks) is £200 which includes the exam, invigilation and certificate. Payment must be received within one week of the Course starting to remain eligible to attend classes.

There is no extra charge on top of tuition fees for the credit-bearing module.

You should also consider further costs to learning which will include stationery and some printing.  Use will be made of textbooks so you are encouraged to purchase your own copy of the class text book/s to support self-study and can cost around £20.

Terms & Conditions

In addition to the Academic Regulations, Salford Languages has the following terms and conditions for the University Wide Language Programme:

Please be aware that may have to cancel, suspend or terminate a course if any circumstances beyond our control prevent or delay its delivery (including but not limited to staff shortage) or if participant numbers fall below a sustainable/viable level. By completing your booking on the course you are deemed to accept these terms and conditions.

"Clear, friendly, well organised and supportive. I really enjoyed the course." Sam (Japanese,Stage 1)

"I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the classroom. I'm looking forward to the next stage." Hannah (Italian, Stage 1)

"It was fun and interactive. I really enjoyed the class and I can't wait till next week." Jess (French, Stage 1)

"We had a nice intro into the basics of the language and I really enjoyed the course." Muhammad (Spanish, Stage 1)