Applied Languages Cert

Applied Languages Cert

School of Language and Global Studies




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    All modules run for one academic year

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  • Delivery:

    Campus, Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    N/A; Short form: N/A

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

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Why study this course?

If you want to develop your knowledge of a wide range of languages from Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced (and beyond) levels and open up new horizons, then this part-time University Certificate in Applied Languages is perfect for you. You can study French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Arabic, Polish, Greek, Turkish, Russian, Catalan and Korean. All of these are offered at Beginner level with the more popular ones also available at higher levels. The course combines the study of language with an opportunity to develop an understanding of the culture of the country, or countries, whose language is being studied. 

Entry Requirements 2016/17

Beginners: no previous knowledge of the language is required. Students holding a GCSE in the language at grade D or below are eligible for this level.

Intermediate: this level is for students who can demonstrate a general basic understanding of the language. A GCSE at grade C or equivalent is normally required;

Advanced: this level is designed for students who have successfully completed an A level or equivalent in the language;

Advanced + 1 / Advanced + 2: these levels are available for students who have an advanced level of understanding of the language. Your tutor can advise on which is the more appropriate level.

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Course at a Glance

Available Modules

Beginners Level

  • Beginners' French Language and Culture
  • Beginners' German Language and Culture
  • Beginners' Spanish Language and Culture
  • Beginners' Italian Language and Culture
  • Beginners’ Chinese Language and Culture
  • Beginners' Japanese Language and Culture
  • Beginners' Arabic Language and Culture
  • Beginners' Russian Language and Culture
  • Beginners' Turkish Language and Culture
  • Beginners' Polish Language and Culture
  • Beginners' Greek Language and Culture
  • Beginners’ Korean Language and Culture
  • Beginners’ Catalan Language and Culture

Available Modules

Intermediate Level

  • Intermediate French
  • Intermediate German
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Intermediate Italian
  • Intermediate Chinese
  • Intermediate Japanese
  • Intermediate Arabic
  • Intermediate Russian
  • Intermediate Korean

Advanced Level

  • Advanced French
  • Advanced German
  • Advanced Spanish
  • Advanced Italian
  • Advanced Japanese
  • Advanced Russian
  • French Language and Society 1
  • Spanish Language and Society 1
  • German Language and Society 1
  • German Language
  • French Language
  • Spanish Language

Further Information

Learning another language opens up new horizons in many spheres. It broadens our understanding of other cultures and improves communication skills to boost prospects on the job market. We offer excellent opportunities for students from all areas of the University to study a language elective alongside their chosen degree programme. The course is also open to members of the public, giving them a university accredited certificate or an attendance certificate dependent on which option is chosen.

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Barcelona has always been a cultural epicentre of Europe and for me as a student of art it was very beneficial to see in ‘the flesh’ the master pieces in Barcelona’s museums and galleries. I also wanted to improve my knowledge of the Spanish language … getting to know Spanish culture in general was very important to me too. Although I have been taking Spanish classes as chosen electives throughout the whole university year I knew that the best way to learn a language is to talk with native speakers. After two weeks I was very surprised with the improvement in my Spanish. I started speaking more fluently and I could understand much more. I was living with a Spanish family which I got to know online through an organisation called ‘Couchsurfing’. It is a great opportunity to travel safely and meet other people. Conversations with the family also helped me a lot with my language skills.

Edyta Kraczkowska

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You can choose to advance further in a language that you have already studied, or you can opt to take another language that is completely new to you. At all levels there are normally two hours of class contact per week over the course of the year. Language learning needs regular study and we expect our students to spend a further three to five hours per week working on their language skills independently. All of our courses emphasise practical communication from the outset.

The course will help you to develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the chosen language. Classes will provide plenty of opportunity to use the language in authentic contexts. At Beginner level, classes will focus on the language you need in order to manage in practical situations. There will also be opportunities to develop your understanding of aspects of the culture of the target language. At higher levels, you will learn to use the language in wider contexts, and to present your own opinions and arguments in another language.

How to Apply

Applications for this course should be made directly to the School of Language and Global Studies. For details of the next enrolment session for the Certificate in Applied Languages please contact the School on 01772 894240 or email

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

Apply Now

You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: Members of public – with formal University Certificate: £1500 or with Worldwise Certificate: £395

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Learning Environment and Assessment

Our classes draw on a wide range of activities designed to boost your confidence and ability to communicate in another language. The course focuses on both productive and receptive language skills. There are also opportunities to develop your knowledge of the culture of the country where the target language is spoken.

Teaching takes place in small groups to encourage student interaction. Classes are friendly and practical, and you will find yourself studying alongside students from a variety of different countries and cultures. We also encourage you to develop independent language-learning skills and other key transferable skills such as communication and teamwork. As well as classroom activities, there will also be opportunities to use e-learning resources and interact with native speakers of the target language.

Assessment involves tests in reading, writing, speaking and listening to the language being studied. In addition, students following our courses at Beginner level prepare a Cultural Project, while those studying at higher levels compile a portfolio of language work.

To find out more about the different pathways to study a language at UCLan, class timetables and registration dates and times, just download our handbook.

Part-time Study

Part-time study is also available on this course.

Download our handbook for further information .pdf (1mb)


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