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University Language Programme

The University Language Programme (ULP) at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) provides a range of language courses to students, staff and members of the general public. You'll have the opportunity to learn a new language or improve your existing foreign language skills.

Explore your opportunities - learn a language

If you're an absolute beginner, have some prior foreign language skills or are at an advanced level, we'll help and support you to build your ability so that you can communicate confidently in your chosen language.

Language skills can support your professional development or build your abilities for international work or travel. You'll be taught by experienced language specialists, many of whom are native speakers, so that you can benefit from an authentic experience.

The language courses are open to NTU students and staff and the general public.

Free to NTU students

ULP language courses are free to NTU undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Some students will be able to study a language as part of your degree course (accredited), meaning the course is included in your tuition fee. If you study a language in addition to your degree (supplementary), you will be asked to initially pay a course fee upfront which will be fully refunded on successful completion of the module.

Course fees are applicable for all other learners. Please see fees section below.

University Language Programme
Hear from our students as they talk about their experience studying on the University Language Programme.

What you'll study

During the first term, all ULP teaching will take place online.  Study is divided into two session a week:

  1. A live one-hour, streamed session where the language tutor will deliver the class using Microsoft Teams.  
  2. A one-hour, on-demand session which will contain content provided by the tutor. It is mandatory that you complete this session as it complements the live session and is essential for your progress. However, you can complete it in your own time during the week.

In addition, you will need to complete, on average, two to four hours per week of directed and independent learning.  Details are provided on our online workspace - NOW.  Your syllabus is carefully designed so live, on-demand and directed learning activities complement each other, and your weekly full engagement with all three learning opportunities is critical to your success.

It is hoped to resume some on-campus teaching during term two but this cannot be guaranteed.  More information about how NTU is responding to coronavirus is available online.

Stages

Our language classes are divided into Stages. Stage one is designed for real beginners whilst stage six and seven are for advanced learners. Check out the entry requirements to determine which stage is most appropriate for you. Some languages are available across levels in terms of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This allows students to work towards UNILANG recognition, which is highly recognised by employers. For more information, see our 'Awards' section.

To see which CEFR levels are taught at each ULP stage and find out more about CEFR, click here.

Courses and entry requirements

  • Arabic

    • Stage One (no prior knowledge or qualification needed)
    • Stage One - Two Accelerated (knowledge of the Arabic alphabet required)
    • Stage Two (GCSE at grade C or D ( 5 or 4 ) or above in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Three (GCSE at grade A / B (7 - 6) in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Four (AS level grade A* or above, or AS level grade C or above in the language or equivalent)

    To see how each stage relates to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) click here.

  • Business English (for non-native speakers of English)

    • Stage Five (A-level at grade C or above in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Six (A-level at grade E or above in the language or equivalent, plus at least one year study/experience of the language)
    • Stage Seven (A-level grade E or above in the language or equivalent plus at least two years study/experience of the language)

    To see how each stage relates to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) levels, click here.

  • Chinese (Mandarin)

    • Stage One (no prior knowledge or qualification needed)
    • Stage Two (GCSE at grade C or D ( 5 or 4) in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Three (GCSE at grade A or B (7 or 6) in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Four (GCSE grade A* or AS level grade C or above in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Five (A-level at grade D or E in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Six (A-level at grade C or above in the language or equivalent)

    To see how each stage relates to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) click here.

  • English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

    • Stage Five (A-level at grade C or above in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Six (A-level at grade E or above in the language or equivalent, plus at least one year study/experience of the language)
    • Stage Seven (A-level grade E or above in the language or equivalent plus at least two years study/experience of the language)

    To see how each stage relates to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) click here.

  • French

    • Stage One (no prior knowledge or qualification needed)
    • Stage Two (GCSE at grade B or C (6 or 5) in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Three (GCSE at grade A* or A (8 or 7) in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Four (AS level grade C or above, or A level grade E or above in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Five (A-level at grade C or above in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Six (A-level at grade E or above in the language or equivalent, plus at least one year study/experience of the language).

    To see how each stage relates to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) click here.

  • German

    • Stage One (no prior knowledge or qualification needed)
    • Stage Two (GCSE at grade B or C (6 or 5) in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Three (GCSE at grade A* or A (8 or 7) in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Four (AS level grade C or above, or A level grade E or above in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Five (A-level at grade C or above in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Six (A-level at grade E or above in the language or equivalent, plus at least one year study/experience of the language).

    To see how each stage relates to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) click here.

  • Italian

    • Stage One (no prior knowledge or qualification needed)
    • Stage Two (GCSE at grade B or C (6 or 5) in the language or equivalent.
    • There is no Stage Three for Italian.
    • Stage Four (AS level grade C or above, or A level grade E or above in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Five (A-level at grade C or above in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Six (A-level at grade E or above in the language or equivalent, plus at least one year study/experience of the language).

    To see how each stage relates to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) click here.

  • Japanese

    • Stage One (no prior knowledge or qualification needed)
    • Stage Two (GCSE at grade C or D ( 5 or 4 ) or above in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Three (GCSE at grade A or B (7 or 6) in the language or equivalent).

    To see how each stage relates to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) click here.

  • Spanish

    • Stage One (no prior knowledge or qualification needed)
    • Stage Two (GCSE at grade B or C (6 or 5) or above in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Three (GCSE at grade A* or A (8 or 7) in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Four (AS level grade C or above, or A-level grade E or above in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Five (A-level at grade C or above in the language or equivalent)
    • Stage Six (A-level at grade E or above in the language or equivalent, plus at least one year study/experience of the language).
    • Stage Seven (A-level at grade E or above in the language or equivalent, plus at least two years of study/experience of the language).
    • To see how each stage relates to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) click here.

Class timetable

Language classes

All classes begin the week commencing 12 October 2020.

Download the course timetable to find out when study sessions take place.

Assessments

Assessments will take place in class during University term time. To progress onto the next stage of your chosen language you must complete and pass all the assessments on the previous stage.

Awards

  • Certificate of Achievement

    If you study the language as a supplementary student, you will be awarded a certificate for each language stage you pass.

    If your language module counts towards your degree, the credit points will be added automatically to your transcript.

  • Certificate of Language Learning

    This is awarded to students who successfully complete either three stages (stages one to five), or two stages from stage one to five and one year-long course (stages six or seven). This can be progression in the same language or a combination of different languages. For example, German stages one, two and three or French stage one, Spanish stage one and Mandarin stage one.

    Course specification for Certificate of Language Learning

  • Diploma of Language Learning

    this is awarded to students who have successfully completed three stages with at least two stages at stage six and / or seven. This can be progression in the same language or a combination of different languages. For example, German stages five, six and seven, or Spanish stage five and six and French stage six.

    Course specification for Diploma of Language Learning

  • UNILANG Certificate (CEFR)

    The UNILANG scheme provides you with a recognised certificate which maps your language learning achievements against the descriptors of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages or the CEFR. The CEFR descriptors are recognised indicators of language proficiency throughout Europe, and they are increasingly gaining currency in many countries outside Europe. Within Europe, CEFR descriptors are frequently used to indicate language competency for work or study. Employers will require you to indicate your CEFR grade for languages in your CV when considering you for work placements.

    The ULP has joined the UNILANG recognition scheme.  Currently we can issue UNILANG Certificates for levels A1, A2, B1 and B2 in French and German. We will expand the number of participating languages in the coming years.

    Click here for an overview of how the ULP stages relate to CEFR levels.

Jessica Riley-Heenan

I managed to take a Spanish course alongside my degree through the University Language Programme (ULP) and through this I won a scholarship to visit a Honduras! Because I want to work globally, speaking different languages puts me at a huge advantage.”

Jessica Riley-Heenan, BA (Hons) Global Studies and TESOL

If you're studying an undergraduate or postgraduate course at NTU, the course fee will be refunded upon successful completion of the course.

Gida Malafronte

In the future, I would like to work for the United Nations as well as taking the time to aid and volunteer at refugee camps. By learning Arabic with the ULP, I feel more confident in being able to achieve my career goals.

Gida Malafronte, BA (Hons) Global Studies and International Relations

Hannah Varley

I used my scholarship to visit Spain for three weeks as research for my third year project. I even had the chance to visit the costume department at Valencia Opera House.

I was able to use my language knowledge and learn new technical vocabulary. I feel that I now have more confidence and this experience has opened up the possibility of a future living and working in Spain.

Hannah Varley, BA (Hons) Costume Design and Making

How to apply

ULP registration for 2020/21 has now closed and we are not accepting any further applications.

Please visit our website later in the year to register for information about 2021/22 classes

Fees October 2020 (excluding accredited students)

  • £140 - Erasmus or exchange student (one semester of study)
  • £200 - NTU students (i.e. supplementary students. After successful completion of the module you'll receive a full refund)
  • £200 - Nottingham City Council (NCC) teachers on production of a NCC payslip from the previous three months
  • £250 - NTU staff and general public

Terms and conditions of our refund policy.

Contact us

If you'd like more information about our language courses, registration sessions or bespoke courses for groups please email ulp@ntu.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0)115 848 6156.

Still need help?

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