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As Scotland’s leading career-focused university, UWS has an impressive track record of working with individuals, private companies and public and third sector organisations.

Our range of flexible short courses have been developed to support continuing professional development in the workplace.

Short courses will help you to gain knowledge or skills to:

  • up-skill to become more effective in your current role or take the next step in your career
  • re-skill to change the direction of your career to get the job you really want

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Languages

The School of Education at the University of the West of Scotland provides Languages for All for students from all schools of UWS, UWS staff and members of the public.

What languages can I study?

Languages for All offers you the opportunity to start learning Arabic, French, Gaelic, German, Mandarin (non-module classes for UWS staff and students only) or Spanish or improve your previous knowledge.

Find the full 2018-19 UWS Languages short course study timetable here.

How are the classes taught?

The focus is on practical language skills that you can use in social, academic and business contexts, and most classes are taught by native speakers. Topics covered are wide ranging and take account of current debates in the countries whose languages you are studying. All modules are credit bearing, the assessment is continuous and there is no exam at the end (except for languages at level 3.1 and 3.2).

Do I need to have studied a language before?

No, there are modules at a variety of levels from complete beginner to modules that are suitable for students who have a good command of the language. The majority of modules are twenty credits with some ten credit modules as introductions to the language.

Who are the classes suitable for?

The classes are suitable for anyone who wishes to learn or develop their skills in a language for work, leisure or to increase their knowledge. They are open to students, staff and members of the public.

Students

On many courses students can choose to take a languages module as one of their options - please discuss with your Course Leader or personal tutor. Most languages modules are level 7 and therefore for certain year groups this is not possible as an option. For students who cannot take a languages module as an option it is possible to study a language as an extra module and take advantage of a reduced price of £100 for a 20 credit module or £50 for a ten credit module.

Staff

Staff who have line manager approval for attendance with a budget code, following the agreed process for School/Department, should send a copy of the staff development form to accountsreceivable@uws.ac.uk and languagesforall@uws.ac.uk. Staff should make an application via https://apply.uws.ac.uk/

If you have a specific query please contact the module co-ordinator:

French: Laurence Giraud-Johnstone, Laurence.giraud-johnstone@uws.ac.uk
Arabic/Gaelic/Mandarin/Spanish: Dr Fernando Leon-Solis, Fernando.leon-solis@uws.ac.uk
German: Paul Pilger, Paul.pilger@uws.ac.uk

Members of the public

Applications are now open via https://apply.uws.ac.uk - you will need to create an account (if you do not already have one), select ‘Education’ as the school and then the campus you intend to study at and press search.

Select the module you wish to study, select the mode of study (part-time), start date (listed as 3 Sep but classes start later in September, the date for each module tbc) and complete the details. A reference is not required.

Once your application has been completed, it will be reviewed by our Admissions team and you will receive an offer letter.

French 1.1

The French Level 1.1 module is aimed at students who may have studied some French before and who would like to refresh their knowledge of the basic components of French grammar.

Students will practice all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and topics will include asking for and giving information about yourself, your family, your hometown, your daily routine and leisure activities, your studies, travel and booking enquiries.

Classes involve an element of formal teaching as well as paired and group practical activities (presentations, role plays). Class work is consolidated by personal study in the form of homework, assignments and an independent study programme.

Credit Points:
20 points SCQF Level 7

Entry requirements:
None

Assessment:
Continuous Assessment

Location:
Ayr Campus, Paisley Campus

Mode of Study:
Daytime

Start Date & Times:
September

Cost:
£305

French 1.2

This French 1.2 module is aimed at students who have passed French 1.1 or who have equivalent language competence. In this intensive module, you will revise some of the French grammar points covered in French 1.1 and cover other basic components of French grammar.

You will continue practising all four language skills and topics include recounting past events, food shopping and dining out, future plans, and complaints about quality of services. You will be encouraged to be active participants and interact with others. Classwork is consolidated by personal study in the form of homework, assignments and an independent study programme.

Credit Points:
20 points SCQF Level 7

Entry requirements:
French 1.1 or equivalent 

Assessment:
Continuous Assessment

Location:
Ayr Campus, Paisley Campus

Mode of Study:
Evening

Start Date & Times:
September

Cost:
£305

German 1.1

The aim of this module is to provide students who are complete beginners in German with an introduction to the language and culture of German speaking countries. It will equip students with linguistic ‘survival’ skills such as making contact, introducing themselves, providing general personal information, observing general standards of politeness, shopping, booking events, ordering food and drink, and talking about leisure activities.

The basics of German grammar will be covered, such as basic sentence structure, verbs in the present tense, articles and main pronouns. You will acquire oral language skills as well as reading and writing skills through guided interactive exercises in class, supported through independent listening and reading exercises.

Credit Points:
20 points SCQF Level 7

Entry requirements:
None

Assessment:
Continuous Assessment

Location:
Paisley Campus

Mode of Study:
Daytime

Start Date & Times:
September

Cost:
£305

Spanish 1.1

This module is aimed at total beginners of Spanish. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of the language: articles, demonstratives, pronouns, possessives and the verbs in the present tense. These are studied within familiar contexts (personal information, daily routines, asking for directions, leisure activities, time, dates, hotel and restaurant bookings) with the aim of developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Lectures involve an element of formal teaching as well as paired and group practical activities. Class work is consolidated by personal study in the form of homework, assignments and an independent study programme.

Credit Points:
20 points SCQF Level 7

Entry requirements:
None

Assessment:
Continuous Assessment

Location:
Ayr Campus, Paisley Campus, Lanarkshire Campus

Mode of Study:
Daytime

Start Date & Times:
September

Cost:
£305

Spanish 1.2

This module is designed for those students who completed Spanish 1.1; or for those with an equivalent knowledge of Spanish. The grammar points studied are: the present, the present continuous, the future and the past. These are studied in familiar contexts (such as talking about the past, future plans, explaining problems and giving advice, making arrangements, buying train tickets, talking about the weather) with the aim of developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Lectures involve an element of formal teaching as well as paired and group practical activities. Class work is consolidated by personal study in the form of homework, assignments and an independent study programme.

Credit Points:
20 points SCQF Level 7

Entry requirements:
None

Assessment:
Continuous Assessment

Location:
Ayr Campus, Paisley Campus

Mode of Study:
Daytime

Start Date & Times:
September

Cost:
£305

Last updated: 23/01/2018