FAQs - Part-time Language Courses

When do the courses start?

All Full and Part One-only courses start w/c 2nd October 2017. Part Two courses start w/c 26th February 2018. All courses run between 18:30 and 20:30 one evening per week (please see individual language pages for details of the day of the course you are interested in). Please note there are breaks in October and May for half term, Christmas and Easter.

My course runs on a Monday; what happens when this falls on a Bank Holiday?

Courses will not run on Bank Holidays; instead the dates will be extended in order to catch up with any weeks which are missed.

What are the course fees?

The Full course (Parts One and Two) can be booked for the discounted price of £389 if paid in one instalment. To book Part One and Two in two instalments then this would cost £239.50 (Part One) and £199.50 (Part Two) = £439 (Full).The only method of payment is online, using the University's secure online payment system, 'shopfront’.

How do I enrol and pay?

You can enrol by clicking on the purple box entitled “Pay here” located on each of our web pages. Enrolment for Part 1 will be open at the beginning of June 2017 and continue up to the start of course in October. Enrolment for part 2 will open mid January. You are advised to enrol and pay as soon as possible as places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Please note that the payment date will be taken as the enrolment date.

Am I too old or too young to enrol for a class?

You are never too old to learn a language! Unfortunately, due to insurance purposes, the minimum age for enrolment is 18.

Do I have to have studied the language before?

A beginner’s class would be perfect if you have no prior knowledge of the language you are interested in learning.

I am not a complete beginner but I am not sure which level is best for me. What should I do?

If you are unsure of your level check out our What Level am I form? which gives you a clear indication of each level in line with the CEFR (Common European Framework for Languages).

If you are still unsure, we suggest that you attend the Open Evening where you will be able to speak to one of the language tutors to discuss your level.  Open Evening Wednesday 13th September 2017 5.30pm to 7.00pm

Who generally attends the language courses?  

A wide variety of people from all backgrounds attend these courses. Some wish to learn or improve a language for business reasons, whereas others want to improve their holiday conversations. The most important thing is to have a passion for learning another language.

What will be happening at The Open Evening 2017.

The Open Evening will be held Wednesday 13th September 5.30pm to 7.00pm in The Binks Building, University of Chester, CH1 4BJ. It provides an opportunity for prospective students to meet with their tutors and ask any questions they have about the courses. We strongly recommend attendance at this event however it is not a necessity for enrolment.

Can you tell me about the tutors?

All of our tutors are qualified and experienced in the language they are teaching, but most importantly they are passionate and dedicated to making your language learning a fulfilling and rewarding experience. Many of our tutors are also of native tongue.

What will the course content be like?

All of our tutors use fun and interactive teaching methods within their classes which will be suitable for the level you have enrolled in. We are proud to create an air of camaraderie and friendship in the group with the tutor motivating you to retain an ongoing interest in learning. Students are all encouraged to support one another.  Some classes will follow a particular course book which the tutor will advise of at the open evening or in your first class.

Where are the courses held?

Courses will take place at the Parkgate Road campus at The University of Chester, CH1 4BJ. You will be notified of the actual rooms for your course one week prior to course commencement.

I have paid for my course, what happens next?

Once your payment has been received, confirmation of the course and your place on the course will be sent  via email** . You will then be notified of the actual room for each course one week prior to course commencement.  ** Please note that this confirmation will still be subject to course minimum numbers being met

Will there be any tests or examinations?

No, there will not be any formal tests

Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?

You will receive a certificate of attendance on successful completion of both Part One and Part Two. These are usually issued in March and July and sent via email. Please note that these certificates do not represent academic credit.

What if I am not able to attend a class?

Do not worry! If you know that you will not be able to attend in advance then please inform your tutor or email lsp@chester.ac.uk.  

Is there parking on site and do I need a permit?

There is ample evening parking at The University of Chester and you do not need a permit.

What will I need to bring with me?

You will need to purchase and bring the relevant course book with you each week. You will also need a pen and paper along with lots of enthusiasm!

Would it be possible to get a refund?

We regret that we will not be able to issue refunds after week two of the course.

Are refreshments available?

There are vending machines available at the Seaborne Building (No B4 35 on the map) in the refreshment area, hot/cold drinks and snacks can be purchased 24/7 from the vending machines.