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LFA Year-long courses

Bookings for our year-long courses will open from Tuesday 15 September to Thursday 8 October.

Teaching will start on the week commencing 19 October.

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Study a language in-depth and take advantage of the value that comes with a formal approach to language learning. These courses:

Year-long course fees 2020/21

£0 if taken for credit

£215 University of York students

£285 over 60s/students from other universities/schools  

£325 University of York staff/public

  • are open to everyone - students, university staff and the general public
  • start each Autumn, and run for 19 weeks over 3 university terms
  • consist of one hour of contact time (face to face or online) class per week
  • demand one essential weekly hour of asynchronous work
  • require an additional 2 to 3 hours of independent study
  • are available at all levels, from beginners to degree standard
  • are delivered in teaching groups of no more than 20 students 
  • adopt a communicative approach 
  • provide a sound understanding of the structure of the language 
  • make use of both textbooks and authentic material 
  • have an optional end-of-year exam and certificate
  • can be taken by students for credit at no charge (see below), or as an extracurricular activity at a reduced cost.

LFA teaching update

We know that learning a language is not just about continuing your education but also about social and personal development. It is a chance to meet new people and explore new experiences. This is why we are committed to on-campus teaching when we can. At the same time, we want to capitalise on the potential of on-line teaching to enhance your learning experience. In order to maintain our excellent teaching, while following UK government guidance on social distancing, we are preparing for different scenarios.

We are aiming to offer the same ranges of languages and levels. 

The following principles apply to all our courses, whatever the mode of delivery.

  • The learning aims and objectives of our courses are unchanged, as are the breadth and depth of content.
  • The workload remains in accordance with academic requirements (20 credits = 200 hours of learning).
  • The course material is adapted to flexible and independent study.
  • All students benefit from the on-going support of a tutor.
  • Interaction with peers and tutors remains at the heart of our course design.

For students able to come to the university campus, there will be one hour of face-to-face teaching per week. This is to accommodate as many on-campus students as possible despite timetabling restrictions. Some of the provisions will be delivered online asynchronously. You therefore need to have access to a computer and internet connection, even if you opt for the courses with a face-to-face element.

Students who are not able to join us on campus will be able to choose from a limited range of online-only courses. These courses will offer one hour of online live teaching per week

We will assess students through a combination of coursework and online exams. Assessment details will be available by the start of the module. They will cover the four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Languages on offer

Arabic       Classical Latin       Chinese       French       German       Italian          

Japanese       Medieval Latin      Modern Greek       Polish       Russian       Spanish  

LFA courses for credit

University of York undergraduate students can take some year-long LFA courses as a 20-credit elective/option embedded in their degree programme. As credit-bearing language modules are funded by a share of the tuition fee, there is no extra charge for students.

This is a fantastic way to add an international dimension to your degree, add extra value to your time at York and improve your employability, free of charge. 

If you wish to take an LFA course as a degree module, please check with your academic department to ensure that your degree programme can accommodate an LFA course. 

For more information go to LFA Courses for Credit.

Please note that Dutch, Modern Greek, Polish & Portuguese cannot be taken for credit.

Levels available

The learning aims and objectives of our year-long courses are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The CEFR sets out descriptors for levels of language proficiency (mainly applicable to European languages).  It is widely used within and outside Europe and recognised by many institutions and employers. Note that the CEFR is a guideline for setting syllabuses but not a seal of approval for levels of achievement. Exit level depends on student's previous knowledge, exposure to the target language, and amount of independent study.

If you need further guidance on which level to enrol on, please contact


Previous language experience

CEFR descriptors

Languages available

Level 1

No knowledge of the target language


All languages

Level 1+

Basic language skills, LFA Level 1 or equivalent


French, German and Spanish

Level 2

GCSE, LFA Level 1/1+ or equivalent


Arabic, Chinese, Classical and Medieval Latin, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Level 2+

AS Level, LFA Level 2 or equivalent


French and German

Level 3

A Level, LFA Level 2 / 2+ or equivalent


Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Level 4

LFA Level 3 or equivalent


French, German, Spanish, Italian

Level 5

LFA Level 4 or equivalent

B2+/C1 or C2

French, German, Spanish