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This article provides information on languages that can be studied within Institution-wide Language Programme (IWLP) classes.

Yes! The Institution-wide language programme (IWLP) allows you to learn a language for credit or interest as part of your course for free.

Learning a language can expand your career prospects, prepare for a year abroad with the University’s ERAMUS scheme or simply satisfy your urge to speak another language. 

Classes cover reading, writing, listening and speaking skills to deal with everyday situations at the lower levels and with general social and professional situations at the higher levels. Some classes are taught in the daytime and/or in the evening so that it is easier to find a class that suits your timetable.  

The following languages are available to study within IWLP at beginner level:

  • Arabic
  • British Sign Language
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Spanish

Whether it’s improving a language you currently speak or learning an entirely new one, all full time students may take an IWLP course for interest at level 4, and most degree programmes offer the opportunity to study for degree credit at level 5. 

Students who complete two consecutive years of IWLP (i.e. levels 4 and 5 or 5 and 6) also receive a certificate from the School.

Note: Levels 4, 5, and 6 refer to the levels of an undergraduate programme. You may be a direct entrant to level 5 or 6 of a programme. Grade 1 and 2 IWLP units are classed as level 4 and do not count towards degree classification.

For more information or to register for a course please visit the articles below:

If you have any further enquiries about the IWLP, please contact the IWLP office at

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