Languages for All Learning Agreement

We are delighted to be able to offer our students the opportunity to learn a modern language via our innovative new Languages for All programme.   If you choose to participate in the Languages for All programme, this learning agreement explains what you can expect from us, and what we can expect from you.  We ask you to read the agreement carefully before registering for the programme and to agree to the terms and conditions below as part of the application process.  If you have any questions about the Learning Agreement please contact us before submitting your application form.

Who is eligible?

  • All first year fee-paying undergraduates (BSc, BEng, LLB, MEng, MOptom and MPharm) entering the University from 2012/3 onwards.  
  • Students who register on a foundation year and then proceed to a BSc, BEng, LLB, MEng, MOptom or MPharm programme are eligible for Languages for All in the first year of their BSc, BEng, LLB, MEng, MOptom or MPharm programme.
  • If you are an International fee-paying student, enrolling on an undergraduate degree, you are eligible to apply for the Languages for All programme in your first year of study if you meet the following English Language requirements:
  1.  You are a national of a majority English-speaking country (as defined by the UKVI): Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, The United Kingdom or The United States of America.   Your school of study will ask for evidence of your English Language ability at the time of your initial application (for example a grade C in GCSE English Language for UK nationals or a specified grade in your High School Diploma/APs for US nationals.)

  2. You have achieved one of the English Language qualifications:
  • IELTS (academic) 8.0
  • TOEFL IBT 115
  • Pearson (academic) 79  
  • Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade B
  • Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) Pass at grade A, B or C 
  • GCSE English Language (first language only) grade C
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma English  Standard Level 5  

If your qualification does not appear in the list above please contact languages_for_all@aston.ac.uk for advice on the suitability of your qualification. 

If you do not meet the English Language requirements listed above you are eligible for free English Language tuition instead.

What we offer

Aston University will:

  • Offer two free 10-credit language modules to all eligible first year fee-paying undergraduates entering the University in 2012/13 onwards. This offer should be taken up in the first year of study, and is not transferable into future years of study.
  • Offer modules in Arabic, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish at beginners, intermediate or advanced level. 
  • Decide which level of study is appropriate for you (beginners, intermediate or advanced) based on the information which you supply on your application form. If you are applying for an intermediate or advanced module we may ask you to take a diagnostic test to ensure that we assign you to the correct group.  The Course Director will make the final decision about the level of course which you can take.
  • Provide access to dedicated language resources via Blackboard (the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.)
  • Provide a timetable for teaching and assessment.
  • Provide friendly, helpful advice and support with your studies.
  • Provide all students who successfully complete the course with a certificate (Aston modular award.)
  • Offer places on a first come first served basis.  We reserve the right to close groups once maximum capacity has been reached or to withdraw the availability of languages/levels if numbers of applicants do not reach minimum capacity.
  • Try to offer you a suitable alternative module if your choice of language is not available.


Your commitment

We expect you to:

  • Commit to completing two 10 credit language modules (from October – June of your first year.)  To complete the course you will need to:   
    • Attend classes each week (normally two hours per week.)  You must attend a minimum of 80% of your timetabled classes. If you fail to attend for three weeks in a row without informing an appropriate member of staff you may be removed from the module.
    • Complete regular assignments/homework independently as specified by the tutor.
    • Submit work on time and take note of feedback so as to enhance and improve your learning.
    • Inform the Languages and Social Sciences School Office as soon as possible of anything which might affect your attendance or ability to complete the course.
    • Complete all assessments (listening test, speaking test and written exam for the module.)  Formal completion of the course is measured by the attempt to take every component of assessment.
  • Agree that if you do not complete the course you will pay a £50 charge to cover our administration costs.  If you do not pay this this may impede your progression into the next year of study. 
  • Although the courses are free, as with all other University modules, students are expected buy their own text books where necessary. Students who study Spanish will be asked pay a £12 fee twice in the academic year to access online teaching resources provided by Spanish cultural organisation The Cervantes Institute.
  • Apply by the published deadline in order to secure a place on the course.
  • Complete the application form in full, giving an accurate account of any language learning experience/qualifications that you have.  This will allow us to ensure that you are placed into the right group for your current level of skills and knowledge and will ensure that you gain maximum benefit from the course.
  • Comply with University’s regulations

Please note that if you later proceed to study a language via the University Wide Language Programme you will normally proceed to the next level (e.g. Beginners students go onto study Intermediate, Intermediate go onto Advanced.)

By submitting the Languages for All application form you agree to the Terms and Conditions above.


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