Department 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 B2)
    • Spanish (A1 to B2)
    • German (A1 to B1)
    • 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. 

    If you are interested in Japanese or Mandarin Chinese and are not sure which level to choose, please contact us at  and include some information about your previous experience of the language.

    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: These are credit-bearing modules which will form part of the degree credits for undergraduate students, including 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 on the undergraduate programmes can take one or more language modules on offer as part of their programme in Stage 1 or Stage 2, subject to availability.

    New students: see your student support coordinator in week 0 if you need help adding the module to your Student Information.

    Existing students: a language module can be added to your Student Information for the following Semester.  If you need help with this, please see your Student Support Coordinator.

    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 card (you will receive this when you enrol on your postgraduate programme)
    • 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 with 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 (20 September 2019) – 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 be fully booked before this deadline.

    Teaching for Semester 1 language modules will commence in Week 1; week commencing Monday 23 September 2019.

    Members of the public need to enrol as an associate student to take up a language module. 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.