University-Wide Language Programme

‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌The University-Wide Language Programme (UWLP), formerly known as Applied Foreign Languages (AFL), offers all students the opportunity to learn a modern language as part of their course.

The units allow you to start at the right level for you - from beginners to advanced.

If you are unsure of your level, you can take a diagnostic test (French, German, Spanish, Italian only)

UWLP courses are available to any student who has "open units" as part of their degree.

Some courses are tailored to the needs of students intending to study abroad as a compulsory part of their degree programme (for example, "Study in Continental Europe").

Register for open units

Online registration for 2017/18 UWLP open units is now available for returning students:

  • Existing students (who have not previously taken a language unit)
  • Existing students (who took a language unit last year)
  • New students (1st years who have 20 credits of open units within their programme of study will receive an email on Monday 18th September with further instruction)
  • If you are a native speaker of any of the languages on offer you are not permitted to study that language. 
  • If you are a bilingual speaker of any of the languages on offer you may be permitted to study that language.

Please send any enquiries regarding UWLP units to



Please note that for 2017-18, teaching will start from Week 2. 

Timetables for UWLP units for 2017/18 in the following languages are now available (all in PDF format):

Student Handbook

The UWLP Student Handbook 2017-18 (PDF, 574kB) is now available.


See how the levels on offer are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR (PDF, 72kB)).


The School of Modern Languages provides tailor-made UWLP units for the following programmes:

Our blended approach

All UWLP units blend face-to-face teaching hours with online activities mainly accessible via Blackboard, providing students with a rich and stimulating range of learning opportunities.

Student resources

Computers and learning materials such as foreign magazines are available to UWLP students in the School Common Room, 17 Woodland Road. Two further computer rooms (G95 and G89, 19 Woodland Road) are also accessible to all UWLP students.

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