Department of Language and Linguistics

Essex Modern Language Certificates

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Learn a language

Essex Modern Language Certificates (EMLC) give members of the public, students and staff working at our University the opportunity to learn a language.

You're taught part-time by native or bilingual speakers, and can gain a qualification in a highly regarded academic environment.

Our modules

Whether you're a complete beginner or have studied a language before, we'll find the best level to suit you, with modules ranging from Initial to Mastery level.

We offer a wide choice of 30 credit modules in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese.

Our Initial Intensive double module is available in Spanish and is worth 60 credits (two 30-credit modules).

Our intensive single modules in French, German and Italian have two 15 credit modules which must be taken together to form a 30 credit module. On completion, you reach the same language level as the double module.

We also offer a Spanish, Italian or Romanian to Portuguese conversion course, if you can already speak one of these languages and would like to learn Portuguese.

Develop your skills

You learn a range of skills that will help you deal with different situations when travelling or working around the world.

We help you develop your written and spoken language through presentations, role plays and portfolios and you also have access to extensive online language facilities.

Gain a qualification

You can choose to study a single or double module, or you can accumulate the credits towards a recognised qualification in modern languages:

  • Certificate of Continuing Higher Education in Modern Languages (60 credits)
  • Certificate of Higher Education in Modern Languages (120 credits)
  • Diploma of Higher Education in Modern Languages (240 credits)

Members of the public

Whether you're considering a change of career, need to learn a language for your career development or would simply love to learn a language, EMLC offers:

  • a wide choice of modules to match your existing language skills
  • the opportunity to be taught by teachers who are native or bilingual speakers
  • development from beginner to A-Level standard within one year (if you take our Initial Intensive double module and undertake a summer vacation course)
  • excellent preparation if you are considering full-time higher education.

University students

Prior to applying for a language module via Essex Modern Language Certificates, please note that Languages for All offers all registered students one year of language study at no extra cost. Modern language modules are also available as outside options, forming an integral part of your full-time degree.

Essex Modern Language Certificates are for you if you want to accumulate credits for a separate award in modern languages. In particular, if you're a postgraduate student and you require additional, higher level language skills in order to carry out your studies, then EMLC offers a range of modules at a variety of levels to cater for your needs.

University staff

EMLC is open to staff who work at the University. If you are considering part-time language study, please discuss this with your line manager in the first instance.

Course fees

Each 15-credit single module costs:

  • Members of the public: £445*
  • Registered University of Essex students and staff: £280

Each 30-credit double module costs:

  • Members of the public: £890*
  • Registered University of Essex students and staff: £560

*If you successfully completed a University of Essex validated Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or Graduate Diploma, either at Essex or one of our partner institutions, you will receive an Alumni Loyalty Discount on this fee:

  • reduction of 33% if you achieve a First in your undergraduate degree/diploma (or a distinction in a Master’s degree)
  • reduction of 25% if you achieve a 2.1 (or a merit in a Master’s degree)
  • reduction of 10% if you achieve a 2.2 (or a pass in a Master’s degree).

How to apply

The application process for the academic year 2019 - 2020 has now closed. The application process for 2020 - 2021 will reopen in June 2020.

To apply for one of our courses, complete our application form

Your application will be assessed by the language teacher and we will confirm your place in writing (normally by email) prior to the start of the first teaching week.

Other ways to learn a language

There are three other ways for you to learn languages at Essex, if Essex Modern Language Certificates aren't for you - as your degree, choose a module or Languages for All.

Get in touch
Get in touch
Contact us if you have any questions about Essex Modern Language Certificates (EMLC).
Telephone: 01206 872188