If you are a full-time University of Liverpool student and are considering taking a language course alongside your main degree studies there are a few things to think about when deciding between a CE and an Open Languages course. In terms of level of attainment, opportunities for progression and approaches to teaching there are a number of similarities between the two programmes. The courses in both pathways are worth the same number of credits (15) and they are assessed in similar ways. However, there are a few differences between the two that you should be aware of in deciding which language pathway to choose.

  • CE courses cannot be studied as part of your degree, but in addition to it.
  • You should opt for a CE language course if you would prefer to study at a slower pace; CE courses run over 20 weeks (two semesters) as opposed to 11 for Open Language courses (all in one semester).
  • Because of the length and pace, CE courses have a little more emphasis on cultural topics and conversational practice.
  • Timing is another difference between the 2 sets of courses – most CE language courses take place in the evening from 6-8pm (although a few are daytime). You will need to be able to make a regular commitment to the same time and day of the week over 2 semesters.
  • If you choose a CE course you will find yourself in a class made up not only of full-time students but members of the public and, possibly, members of university staff.
  • Some CE courses (stages 2+ and Advanced Languages) focus on current affairs and language in use. They are most suited for students who want to keep up and practice their existing language skills.