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Open Languages Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Open Languages at the University of Liverpool? 

Open Languages gives you the chance to study a language alongside your named degree programme. Modules carry 15 credits, last for 12 weeks, and are available in Semesters 1 and 2. These credits will not count towards your degree, but will be recorded in your Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR). 

2. Who can enrol in Open Languages modules? 

Full time students who are currently enrolled in a degree at the University of Liverpool, including undergraduates, postgraduates, XJTLU, exchange or Erasmus students. 

If you are a part time student or member of staff, please click here to find courses available to you. 

3. Can I take a language as part of my degree? 

Yes. If you would like to take a language as a named part of your degree, please visit the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures to explore these options. 

In addition, a student within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences can take a language as part of their degree through Honours Select

For 2018/19, students within Chemistry and Geography are also able to take language modules as part of their degree. 

4. What languages are available through Open Languages? 

As part of Open Languages, you can study: Basque*, Catalan*, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese* and Spanish. 

*Intensive modules only. 

5. Is there a fee? 

Yes. If you take an Open Languages modules on top of your degree, the fee for 2018/19 is £150 per module. 

Please note, PGR students may be eligible for a fee waiver if language learning is identified a part of their research training needs. A letter from the corresponding supervisor confirming the case will need to be submitted when applying for the module. 

Recipients of the Liverpool bursary for the year in which the language course will be taken are also exempt. 

6. How many contact hours a week are these modules? 

Standard Open Languages modules are scheduled in 2 contact hours per week, typically taking place as a two-hour seminar on Wednesday afternoons. 

If you would like to start, or should you progress to a higher language level (Advanced), contact hours will increase in time. In short: 
- Modules coded 001 to 004 take place over two hours on Wednesday afternoons
- Modules coded 005 and above take place over three to four hours per week. You will need to check how these modules will fit around your exisiting degree modules. 

Basque, Catalan and Portuguese are only available via intensive modules, which include three to four contact hours per week, scheduled throughout the week at different times. Please note, the possibility of taking these modules will depend on your individual timetable availability. 

7. Can I start in Semester 1 or Semester 2?

You can start in either semester 1 or semester 2, provided you have the correct level of language knowledge. You can register for semester 1 and semester 2 modules independently, but the levels offered follow from one semester to the next. Thus, complete beginners modules are only available in semester 1 (001 modules). 

8. What are the levels available? At what level can I start? 

Levels range from complete beginners (001 modules), to advanced users. You can start at various levels depending on your experience with the language. Check here for more information on the levels available and the corresponding CEFR level. 

9. I'm not sure about my current language level - what should I do? 

If you're unsure about your current language level, contact us (, including as much detail as possible regarding your past experience with the language you'd like to study and we'll get back to you to advise. 

10. What if I register on the wrong module?

During the first two weeks of each semester, students may be allowed to switch to a higher or lower level if necessary and following recommendation from the module tutor. 

11. How do I register? 

Please choose from the languages available here. You will need to determine your language level (if anything other than beginners), and also provide your student number when registering in the online shop. 

12. Is there a resit opportunity for Open Languages modules? 

Yes, Open Languages modules follow the University of Liverpool code of practice in Assessments, and all resit opportunities will take place during the resit period, typically in August. 

13. Can I apply for extenuating circumstances for Open Languages modules? 

Yes. Extenuating circumstances will have to be applied for via a students' own School Learning and Teaching Support Officers. LTSOs and students will remain responsible for passing on the information to the Open Languages administration team (

14. I have a support plan, will my Open Languages tutor know about it? 

We recommend that you let your Open Languages tutor know about your support plan and ask your own School's Learning and Teaching Support Officers to send them a copy of the plan. 

15. Is there a cancellation policy?

You may cancel your registration and request a full refund until the week prior to the module starting. 

In the event of an unresolvable timetable clash, you may also be entitled to a refund if classes have started, but this must be highlighted no later than week 3 of each semester.