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Important Notes for Academic Study


Important notes for students wishing to register for Language Centre modules

Academic modules are usually taken to acquire credits ( CATS) as part of an undergraduate academic programme. These are also available to Postgraduate students, University staff, and members of the public. You will therefore be expected to study the language seriously, devoting a significant amount of time to private study outside the classes, completing all the work that is set by the tutor and taking the end of year examinations.

1. Language Centre modules are very popular and are often over-subscribed.

2. Many modules have more than one group, meeting at different times during the week.

It is essential that you register in person by coming to the Language Centre on the advertised dates in week one.

General Information

Some undergraduate degree courses involve a foreign language as a compulsory element but more often it is available as an option, taught either by one of the foreign language departments or by the staff of the Language Centre. You should first enquire in your own department to find out what your degree programme allows. It is essential to check with your department which modules are acceptable within your degree scheme (please note, final year students are not normally permitted to take non-accelerated beginners modules). Some departments allow students to take a foreign language as an unusual option but permission must be sought from your personal tutor, the Head of Department and the Director of the Language Centre. Full module outlines are available to help you make your choice; should you need further advice, please contact us either by email at academic dot language at warwick dot ac dot uk or by calling us on our number at the bottom of this page.

Notes about the module "weighting" and assessment/examination method

All undergraduate modules have a credit weighting (CATS means Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme). Our full-year modules can be taken for 24 or 30 CATS and our part-year modules (higher level modules in French and Spanish) are available for 12 or 15 CATS, as determined by your home department and module type.

All visiting students

All visiting students, including Erasmus exchange students, should consult the relevant handbook provided to them, as this will give information about the Language Centre and its language learning opportunities for languages other than English. The Language Centre undergraduate modules may, with the permission of the 'home' department, be taken for credit. Most Language Centre undergraduate modules are assessed by a mixture of end of year examination and termly tests. To enrol for an undergraduate module, please come to the Language Centre on the advertised dates during week one of the autumn term.

Part-year visiting students will be assessed by means of the assessment test(s) taken at the end of the term(s) of their stay. The credit they gain will reflect the assessment taken up to the time of departure. Attendance certificates will be provided on request for part-year students.

The Language Centre also provides an extensive programme of Lifelong Language Learning (LLL) courses in several languages at different levels. Students have to pay a fee for these courses, as they do not count as credit towards the period of study at Warwick. Enrolment for LLL courses takes place online via our website and opens from mid-September each year.