School of English and Modern Languages

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    We are passionate about improving language skills in the UK to meet the challenge of globalisation. We provide a wide range of foreign language classes for University students and members of the public.

    Learning a language is:

    • Challenging but rewarding
    • Good for employability or personal development
    • An opportunity to engage in another culture

    We provide language courses in:

    • French (A1 to C1)
    • Spanish (A1 to C1)
    • German (A1 to B2)
    • Japanese (Beginners to 3A)
    • Mandarin (1A to 1B)

    Which language level am I?

    We use the  Common European Framework system to assess language competency in French, Spanish and German.  If you are interested in one of these languages and are not sure which language level to choose, we advise you to take the online placement test available below. The test has a score guide at the end which will indicate which level would be best for you. 

    Placement tests

    French Spanish German

    Am I entitled to a fee waiver?

    The free language module is only available to students enrolled on an undergraduate or postgraduate programme of study at Oxford Brookes University (excluding partner colleges).  Full-time undergraduate or postgraduate students can take one free language module per year. Part-time undergraduate or postgraduate students can take one free language module every two years. This is subject to availability of places on the language modules and individual programme requirements. Please note many classes are very popular and class numbers are limited so places are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

    Warning: Please note that these are fully assessed level 4 undergraduate modules and will contribute to an undergraduate student's GPA

    How do I enrol?

    Before you enrol, please check that the language module you wish to take does not clash with any lectures or seminars on your timetable.

    Undergraduate students

    Students enrolled at Level 4 of an undergraduate programme can take a language module as part of their programme as an optional module (if their programme permits), or in addition to their programme as a 9th module. Level 5 and 6 undergraduate students can take a language module as an additional 9th module. All free language module registrations are subject to availability.  

    New students enrolling in January 2021: see your Student Support Coordinator in week 0 if you need help adding the module to your Student Information.

    Existing students: You will not be able to enrol for a free language module until September 2021 unless you need to take an extra level 4 credit due to programme errors. Please see your Student Support Coordinator for help with this.

    *Please note some exclusions apply, for example courses with a compulsory placement component, distance learning courses, or courses studied at one of our partner institutions. If you are unsure please contact your SSC.

    Postgraduate students

    Students enrolled on a postgraduate programme can also take language modules as associate students. Before you can enrol on a language module you will need to ensure you have the following:

    • Student number 
    • Timetable for your postgraduate programme
    • Online placement test result (not required for beginners)

    To register your interest in the module you will need to email your student number and the free language module you wish to enrol on. When your enrolment has been processed, you will receive an email confirming your place.

    Please note that the final deadline for postgraduate enrolment is 17:00 on Friday of week 0 (22 January 2021) – if you do not enrol by this date you will not be allowed to take the module.

    Please note: some modules are very popular and may already be fully booked.

    Teaching for Semester 2 language modules will commence in Week 1; week commencing Monday 25 January 2021.

    Members of the public need to enrol as an associate student to take up a language module. Enrolments for January 2021 are now closed, but you can apply for courses starting in September 2021. For detailed information on how to enrol for your chosen course and for application deadlines, please contact the admissions team. You can also contact for more information on our language courses and timetables. For information about fees please contact finance team.