Applied Languages

Learning a language is the perfect way to open up a world of possibilities, whether you want to enhance your CV, communicate with confidence while travelling or meet new people.


Below you will find some useful information regarding our taught language courses, the wealth of language learning resources you will be able to access on and off campus and opportunities to practise and improve your language skills.

Languages available in 2023/24

The part-time language programme is currently available in eight different languages. All languages are available at beginners’ level (except English) with the more popular languages available at higher levels.

  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • English
  • British Sign Language

Year-long language classes start the week commencing 2 October 2023
The semester-two course will start the week commencing 22 January 2024

Languages for the 2024/25 academic year will be confirmed in due course.

Conversation classes

Our conversation classes offer a unique opportunity for all language students to practice their speaking skills and have fun via interactive, real-life based scenarios. They take place weekly during term-time and are facilitated by native-speaking language assistants. They are ideal for immersing into a different culture and making new friends along the way. The classes will resume in autumn 2023. For all the latest updates, please contact Worldwise or join the Worldwise Centre on Microsoft Teams.

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Introduction to British Sign Language

Understanding sign language isn't just a skill, but a way to convey your thoughts to your friends and loved ones who are Deaf or hard of hearing. The Introduction to BSL certificate is designed to enable you to acquire a basic ability to communicate with Deaf people using British Sign Language (BSL) in everyday situations. 

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Being able to study an additional language alongside my degree was such a rewarding experience. The new skills acquired not only helped me in my new language, but also in my main degree. The course was exciting, fascinating and I made lots of new friends. I would recommend taking a part-time language class to anyone looking to challenge themselves and reach their full potential.
Charlotte Mawdsley
Charlotte Mawdsley
Modern Languages, BA (Hons)

Support and learning resources

Right at the heart of the Preston Campus the Worldwise Centre offers a vast range of opportunities to learn another language, improve your knowledge about world cultures and master your cross-cultural skills. The Centre’s facilities, resources and events are available to all students, staff and the general public. The Centre provides a comfortable place to meet and make friends with speakers of different languages in a welcoming environment. Browse through the gallery to explore the Centre’s facilities.

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Worldwise Centre Open Area; a comfortable place to meet and make friends in a welcoming environment.
Worldwise Centre Open Area; a comfortable place to meet and make friends in a welcoming environment.

More study options

If you are interested in another language that is not currently offered in our taught courses, please get in touch with us as we offer self-study courses in 24 different languages.


This course is based in the School of Psychology and Humanities

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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