LFA Year-long courses

Year-long course fees 2019/20 

£0 if taken for credit

£190 University of York students

£250 over 60s/students from other universities/schools  

£285 University of York staff/public

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

  • 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 2-hour hour class per week
  • 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.

Languages on offer

Arabic       Classical Latin       Chinese       Dutch       French       German       Italian          

Japanese       Medieval Latin      Modern Greek       Polish       Portuguese       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 lfa@york.ac.uk


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