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Modern Languages

Part-time, evening & daytime courses for everyone.
Study a language and experience new worlds & cultures.

Courses Starting Autumn 2019

With up to 10 languages1 to choose from and more than 30 years’ experience to share, we are confident we have a Modern Languages part-time short course /or lifelong learning course that is right for you. Learn from experienced tutors who have a passion for languages and immerse yourself in the culture of your chosen language.

We offer high-quality courses in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish from only £3952, subject to viability.

Courses1 start week commencing 30 September 2019 and end in May 2020. Classes are two hours per week and run for 26 weeks. Updated further information on fees and routes will be available shortly – please keep checking for updates.

Download our provisional course schedule detailing class times and locations.

Download our 2019-20 Student Calendar which details when our classes will take place through academic year. 

Our University is dedicated to lifelong learning and we are proud to offer a number of learning routes1. Study on one of our accredited routes3 or enjoy learning about other languages and cultures just for fun.

Our courses are available across both campuses. Classes available to study at Headingley Campus are: Arabic, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Classes available to study at City Campus (Rose Bowl) are: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

Excellent learning facilities and benefits

From our award-winning library, which is open 24 hours a day every day of the year, where you can access newspapers and other media in different languages, to online resources you can access from home, our learning facilities will support your educational needs.

As a student of one of our part time language courses you can access a fantastic range of sports facilities with our great value gym membership and apply for a NUS card which entitles you to receive discounts from a host of high street shops and restaurants.

Arrow Down Icon Which language level is right for you?
Level A1/A1+ A2/A2+  B1/B1+  B2 C1
Level Name Beginners + Elementary Lower Intermediate + Intermediate

Advanced 1 / Advanced 2

Independent Users Proficiency 

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.


Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.


Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).


Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.


Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.


Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.


Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.


Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.


Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.


Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.


Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.


Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.


Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Availability of levels is subject to terms and conditions.


We are accepting applications from Thursday 1 August to Friday 13 September 2019.


Students taking an accredited route3 are required to present a copy of their passport or birth certificate (driving licences cannot be accepted) to their tutor by Friday 1 November 2019, in accordance with government regulation.

If you have a question about any aspect of our courses, please call 0113 81 27440 or email ptlanguages@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Important notes

1 The university reserves the right to cancel any language provision, courses or routes which are not viable, e.g. due to low student numbers.

2 Fees for 2019/2020 are £395.

3 Accredited routes may not be available for all languages or levels. Access to accredited routes is subject to having the appropriate level of prior linguistic skill.

4 Terms and conditions apply. In accordance with Leeds Beckett University’s Student Regulations (Fee Schedule & Liability Policy 2019/20 – Section 4), there will be no refund for students who withdraw after the second scheduled week of teaching, which for 2019/20 will be 11 October 2019.

5 As part of our usual academic processes all our courses are reviewed to ensure that quality is maintained. For our Modern Languages Programme future plan, we will notify you of changes, which may include the availability of routes and how these are delivered.

Open Days

  • City Campus

    Tuesday 3 September 2019

    Time: 17: 30 – 19: 30

    Venue: 313, 310 & 308 Rose Bowl.

  • Headingley Campus

    Thursday 5 September 2019

    Time: 12.00-14:00 & 18:00-20:00

    Venue: Jubilee Room & Acre Room - James Graham Building.

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