Modern Language Courses and Studying for Credit - Modern Languages Student Guide 201920

What are credits?

Most of CE’s language courses are credit-bearing. Credit is a formal, quantified recognition of learning achievement. It is awarded at specific levels and currently all CE courses are at FHEQ level 4 which is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree.  The number of credits measures the volume of learning. 120 credits equates to 1 year of University study. The credit value of CE’s accredited language courses is 15.

Credit can be used as evidence of learning at HE level, for example in support of career development. It can sometimes be transferred between institutions but this is always at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Registering for credit

You can register for credit on the course enrolment form (paper based or online store). Alternatively, if you decide to study for credit once the course has started you can complete an Accreditation Payment Form and return it to the CE Office with the appropriate fee. Your lecturer will advise the latest date by which this should be done, but for language courses this would normally be before week 8 of the course.

Please be aware that from 2021-22 formal CE awards will be withdrawn. Courses will continue to be credit-bearing and you will continue to be able to opt for credit and submit work for assessment. However, if you wish to work towards a Certificate in Higher Education or a Personal and Professional Development Certificate you must complete all the required credits by 31 July 2021.

How you will be Assessed

There are four parts to the assessment that will count towards your final mark:

  1. A substantial interim assignment to complete over the Christmas period. This will include a reading task and a writing task (20% of the total marks)
  2. A listening class test at the end of the first semester – this will be conducted during class time (20% of the total marks).
  3. A speaking test towards the end of the second semester – also to be conducted during class time (20% of the total marks).
  4. A formal written exam at the end of the course (40% of the total marks). The exam lasts 90 minutes and focuses on grammar, reading and free writing for stages 1, 2, 3 and 4 and on reading and writing for stages 2+ and 4. 

The overall pass mark for a MODL course is 40%. You do not have to pass all four assessments to pass the course.

The Exam

The exam dates in 2020 are:






20 April




21 April




22 April




29 April




30 April



During the week of 21 January your tutor will distribute printed letters requesting that you choose one the exam dates set out above. The deadline to select a date is Friday 22 February. If you do not opt for a date by this deadline it will be assumed that you are not taking the exam and a paper will not be prepared for you. It is not possible for the CE Office to repeat or re-schedule the exams and you should be sure to make yourself available at one of the times set out above.

The exam period may fall before the final course meeting if a class has to be unexpectedly re-scheduled over the course of the year.

Exam Resit Opportunity

There is one exam resit opportunity. This is on Wednesday 14 August 2019 at 14.30 (126 Mount Pleasant).

This is only open to students who fail the exam at the first attempt and for whom a fail means that they do not pass the whole course. Students who fail the exam but who have passed the course on the basis of marks gained in other assessments are not eligible to resit. All students resitting the exam must have attended a minimum of 50% of the classes.

The resit exam date may also be available, at the discretion of CE, to a student who is able to supply valid documentary evidence that they will be unable to attend on one of the April dates. This would normally be in the form a doctor’s note or a letter from an employer. This evidence should accompany a written request to sit the exam in August as a first attempt.

Extenuating Circumstances

You may request an extension to an assessment deadline due to extenuating circumstances, or use these to explain work not completed to their usual standard. Extenuating circumstances include illness, bereavement and the serious illness of a close family member. Please seek guidance from CE’s Accreditation Officer.


In line with University policy, your work is marked by the course lecturer and a sample of work is second marked or reviewed by a qualified 2nd marker. Following this, all marks are formally approved. There can be a lengthy delay between marking and final approval, however, you will receive a feedback form which includes your provisional mark by around the end of May or beginning of June.

If you have concerns about your assessed work or marking procedure, in the first instance speak to your course tutor. If the issue is not resolved at this stage, your tutor will send your concern on to the Academic Organiser who will respond according to University guidelines.

Course Certificates

Course certificates are automatically issued to all students who pass the course. They are sent out once the marks have been formally verified by the Board of Examiners. The certificate does not include marks but these are noted on the student feedback form.

Email Communication

Email is the primary form of communication for all course matters. Please ensure that the CE Office has you current email address and that you check your account regularly.

The Language Lounge

CE students studying a modern language can access the Language Lounge which is the University of Liverpool's languages learning hub and centre for internationalisation. It is located on the 1st floor of 1 -7 Abercromby Square and holds a range of resources to support your language learning. Visit for further information.

June 2018