If you want to pursue a language degree in a language that you haven't had the opportunity to study to A-level standard, an Ab Initio Language Programme is an effective and attractive language course for you. The Ab Initio programme is available for all the languages we teach at degree level, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Ab Initio leads to the same level of language proficiency as language programmes requiring an A-level. We accept students who have no prior knowledge, a GCSE, an AS-level or possibly an international qualification in the language that is not comparable to an A-level.
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This programme allows students to join the post A-level cohort from the second year onward.
There are 6 contact hours per week over three modules:
These modules are intended to develop language skills at a quick pace and introduce the structures, lexicon and skills necessary to communicate in the foreign language, as well as some aspects of society and culture.
"I feel that by having to learn a whole new language it has improved my time management skills because of the course content and that skill has been transferred to my other modules as well."
"I like the way it is taught, in a fun, friendly and engaging way."
Ab Initio students receive a lot of support with their language learning and are encouraged to reflect on their progress on a regular basis.
"The mentoring sessions were extremely useful. Tutors are understanding and always happy to help."
"The enthusiastic and encouraging tutors have been really supportive and an essential part of my learning experience. Their advice has inspired me to push myself and create my own opportunities to improve my skills. Overall, I think that encouragement is a really important part of ab initio success."
"I didn't really know what to expect when starting the course but I am really surprised and happy that after 1 year of learning, I was able to integrate into a class of students with much more experience. I thought there would be a much bigger gap between us than there is."
"I knew the course would be very challenging, but I believe the class has been well taught and the topics covered have been interesting."
"Having never done Spanish before University, I am amazed that after a year and a half I am at the level of Spanish I am at."
"I feel like I have achieved a lot over a short space, as before I came to York I had had no experience with the language."
"… the Ab Initio course was intensive with more and longer seminars; this was helpful because we covered a lot of material in a short time. I feel that because we had more contact with our tutors, this created a more relaxed atmosphere and learning was enjoyable and fun."