Salford Languages currently offers courses in Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Our language classes are centred around our students and have been designed to develop practical language skills.

Why learn a new language?

  • Language learning enhances academic and employability skills which are crucial for success at university and beyond
  • 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
  • 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
  • Even conversational competence will help you stand out from the crowd!
  • Extend your cultural horizons with the study and work placements offered by International Opportunities 

The learning process

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.

The learning process

How will I learn?

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 two 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 one 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.

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).

Level Prerequisites
Stage one: beginners No previous experience or Grade D or below at GCSE (or equivalent)
Stage two: lower intermediate A1+, Grade A-C at GCSE (or equivalent) or a pass at stage one
Stage three: intermediate A2, Pass at AS level up to grade C (or equivalent) or a pass at stage two
Stage four: upper intermediate A2+, 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 three

If you have grade A-C at A2 (or equivalent) or have already completed stage four 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. 


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. More information on the external offering.

Course outline and assessment

Summative assessments take place at the end of Semester two 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 two. 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.

Find out more information on the structure of your Oral, Reading and Writing Assessment.

How to book a course

The enrolment process has two steps:

  1. Select the University Wide Language Programme (UWLP) via Online Module Enrolment (OME) instead of one of your usual optional modules.
  2. You will then be prompted to fill in the UWLP Internal Application 2024/2025 application form to select the specific language you wish to study* (you will be asked to select a second choice as well)

If you fail to complete step two, 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 instructions:

  1. Book a course via the UWLP Application: Members of Public/Alumni 2024/2025 webform
  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

Fees, terms and conditions

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.

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.