Key benefits

  • Learn a new language or improve your existing language skills
  • Enhance your CV and increase your employability
  • Excellent preparation for placements abroad
  • Languages are increasingly in demand from global businesses
  • Increase your intercultural awareness 
  • Free language tuition for all eligible first year fee-paying undergraduates
  • Learn Arabic, French, German, Japanese, MandarinChinese, Portuguese or Spanish
  • Courses are available at beginner, intermediate or advanced level 

You can choose from the following modules:

Part I runs from October to December and Part II runs from January to May. Please click on the links below to download the module specification for each module.


Beginners part I & part II
Intermediate part I & part II
Advanced part I & part II


Beginners part I & part II
Intermediate part I & part II
Advanced part I & part II


Beginners part I & part II
Intermediate part I & part II
Advanced part I & part II


Beginners part I & part II 
Intermediate - part I & part II


Beginners part I & part II
Intermediate part I & part II
Advanced part I & part II

Mandarin Chinese

Beginners part I & part II
Intermediate part I & part II
Advanced part I & part II


Beginners part I & part II
Intermediate part Ipart II
Advanced - part I & part II

Beginners - modules are designed for those with no knowledge of the language

Intermediate - you will need some prior knowledge of the language, usually a GCSE

Advanced - you will usually need an AS level, or an equivalent qualification in same language

The Course Director will determine which level of study is appropriate for each student (beginners, intermediate or advanced) based on the information that you supply on your application form.  If you are enrolling on an intermediate or advanced module, you may be required to take a test to check your language level.

Home and EU Fee Paying students

All eligible first year fee-paying undergraduates are able to study two 10-credit language modules for free from academic year 2012-13 onwards. The modules are available in your first year of study, and cannot be transferred into subsequent years of study. 

International Students 

If you are an International fee-paying student, enrolling on an undergraduate degree, you are eligible to apply for the Languages for All programme in your first year of study if you meet the following English Language requirements:

  1. You are a national of a majority English-speaking country (as defined by the UK Borders Agency): Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, The United Kingdom or The United States of America.   Your school of study will ask for evidence of your English Language ability at the time of your initial application (for example a grade C in GCSE English Language for UK nationals or a specified grade in your High School Diploma/APs for US nationals.)

2.     You have achieved one of the English Language qualifications:

  • IELTS (academic) 8.0

  • TOEFL IBT 115

  • Pearson (academic) 79  

  • Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade B

  • Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) Pass at grade A, B or C 

  • GCSE English Language (first language only) grade C

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma English  Standard Level 5   

If your qualification does not appear in the list above please contact lss_ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk for advice on the suitability of your qualification. 

If you do not meet the English Language requirements listed above you are eligible for free English Language tuition instead.

When do classes take place?  

Classes take place either during the standard University teaching day or in the early evening between 4.00 and 8.00 pm, and are structured around undergraduate timetables. They are held every week from week 1 to week 11, and from week 14 to week 24. They are 2 hour sessions, most commonly held late in the afternoon or in the early evening. In addition, several hours per week should be devoted by the student to independent language practice outside the classroom in order to complete work set by the tutor, and practise reading, writing and listening skills.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment is by a short oral presentation and discussion, a 30 minute class listening test, and a 2 hour examination. The exam includes grammar and vocabulary exercises, reading and written comprehension, and written composition.  Feedback is given for learning purposes throughout the module in the form of informal, verbal comments on weekly activities; both formative and summative feedback are provided on the oral presentation; written feedback is also given as part of the marking process for the exam.

The School of Languages and Social Sciences has a dedicated Learning Support Team and excellent facilities including:

  • 70 computers in 4 rooms
  • Streamed satellite television (French, German, Spanish)
  • TRADOS and memoQ Translation Software
  • Free DVD library (French, Spanish, German, English)
  • Audio and video-editing tools  
Miss Serash Zafar Ali, Administrator 'Languages for All'
Tel: 0121 204 4290
Email: languages_for_all@aston.ac.uk
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Student Profile

Student Profile

Alex Stafford
Studied Mandarin Chinese
My interest in languages is one of the factors that helped me secure my 12-month industrial placement in Romania, working for the global manufacturer Cooper Industries, who operate in over 20 countries. I am a buyer for raw materials and my knowledge of the Chinese language and culture has proven useful when dealing with our Chinese suppliers.
Student Profile

Student Profile

Chantal Foyer
Studied Arabic and Spanish
Learning languages has proved very useful when applying for my placement year. I have been able to split my placement year into a study placement in Granada, Spain, and a working placement in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Student Profile

Student Profile

Daniela Todorova
Studied French
My tutor was passionate, supportive and always willing to help. More importantly for me, she was creative. She managed to incorporate into the traditional teaching methods some very interesting techniques like presentations, discussions and even shooting a video clip, which made learning French much more fun.