Short Courses


Short Courses offers a large selection of courses in 24 languages, from Arabic to Swahili, from Modern Greek to British Sign Language.

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Whether you are an absolute beginner or have studied and used the language for several years there will be a language course for you. Courses are for all adult learners, from 16 to 99+ year old. Language tutors are expert language teachers passionate about teaching you how to communicate in your chosen language. All language courses focus on communication skills through task-based learning, with a particular emphasis on listening and speaking.

If you are a complete beginner, or know exactly what your level is and which course you would like to book, please go directly to the Languages A-Z pages to enrol. For some general information on our language levels, please go directly to the Language Levels page.

Languages A-Z

We offer 24 languages at various levels throughout the academic year. In this section, you can explore our full list of available courses.

Language Levels

Browse our language levels so you can be sure that you are studying at the right level for you.

Languages FAQs

Do you have a question about our language courses? The answer may be here!

Short Courses Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions for Short Courses bookings at the Centre for Open Learning.

Booking Deadline

Bookings will close 8 days before each course start date, so book early to secure your place and avoid disappointment!

 Term Dates Hours Study Options
Term 1:  30 September 2019 - 6 December 2019 20 hours (2 hours per week x 10 weeks) Daytime and Evening
Term 2:  20 January 2020 - 27 March 2020 20 hours (2 hours per week x 10 weeks) Daytime and Evening
Term 3:  13 April 2020 - 19 June 2020 20 hours (2 hours per week x 10 weeks) *CANCELLED* Daytime and Evening

Summer 1: 6 July 2020 - 31 July 2020

Summer 2: 3 August 2020 - 28 August 2020

10 hours (2.5 hours per week x 4 weeks) *CANCELLED* or

20 hours (5 hours per week x 4 weeks) *CANCELLED*