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Learning Languages at Sheffield Hallam University

Part-time Languages

Whatever your language ability, you can improve your competence in a foreign language with classes from beginner to advanced levels.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £355 one semester or £700 two semesters
International: £999 one semester or £1,990 two semesters
Where will I study? City Campus

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Course summary

Study French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese and Catalan, whether you're a current Hallam student, a member of staff or an external client. 

Available from beginner to advanced level, this course is open to anyone who wishes to develop and improve competence in a foreign language, for your personal or business needs. Employers value the ability to communicate with overseas partners and customers in their own language, meaning these skills are increasingly important in a global economy. 

All current students can study a language as part of their course (as an elective, where offered) or as an additional module for additional fees.

How you learn

We offer fixed two-hour weekly classes in our dedicated language classrooms and digital language laboratories.

Our language modules are taught by enthusiastic, experienced, and highly-qualified teachers. To enable learners to make the maximum progress and to gain credit for their learning, our modules are intensive and progress at a reasonably quick pace.

In addition to learning in the classroom, all learners are supported by a wealth of online resources, and individual support from our language assistants in French, German, Spanish and Italian. Our courses are designed for longer-term learning, as opposed to quick courses for holidays and overseas visits.

Our language students have a dedicated multimedia self-access centre. Students can complete the recommended four hours self-study per week here or at home. As regular short practice is often the best way to develop your language skills, we recommend a minimum of 40 minutes daily practice.

Our modules are focused on developing spoken skills in particular, and half of the assessment focusses on speaking. Other assessments include reading, writing, listening, presentations, debates, translations and interpreting, depending upon the ULS stage studied.

Applied learning

Networking opportunities 

As well as tuition from your teacher, you have the opportunity for extra conversation practice with a foreign language assistant in French, German, Spanish or Italian. We encourage you to join our social events to meet fellow learners and native speakers of the language you are studying.

Future careers

Employers value the ability to speak one or more foreign languages. 77% of UK businesses require their employees to have language skills, according to the 2015 CBI Education and Skills Survey.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

We teach all language classes at our City Campus where we have digital language laboratories and a multimedia self-access centre. Study resources include video, audio and internet-based language learning activities.

Entry requirements

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

10 credits, studied over one semester £355

20 credits, studied over two semesters £700

These fees are reduced by 30% for home/EU students if taken as an additional module (£250 over one semester/£490 over two semesters). These fees are reduced by 10% for Sheffield Hallam alumni (£320 over one semester/£630 over two semesters).

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

10 credits, studied over one semester £999

20 credits, studied over two semesters £1,990

These fees are reduced by 30% for International students if taken as an additional module (£700 over one semester/£1,395 over two semesters). These fees are reduced by 10% for Sheffield Hallam alumni (£900 over one semester/£1,795 over two semesters).

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Languages courses (PDF)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

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How do I apply?

To apply to study a language, apply online.

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Timetables and further information can also be accessed via the link. You can also contact us at, or call 0114 225 5256.

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