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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for our Alumni and local community

When does the course start?

The courses will start week commencing Monday 11 October 2021 .

How many weeks does the course run for?

The course runs for 20 weeks until Week commencing Monday 14 March 2022 

How many hours a week will I be expected to commit to the course? 

There will be one two-hour class per week. To make good progress, you will also be expected to complete around two hours of self-study per week. Students are expected to attend at least 70% of the classes.

Are the courses free for students only?

The courses are free for registered Brunel students. However, you may be charged a withdrawal fee for poor attendance without a legitimate reason. Please see our mitigating circumstances policy.

 Can I take more than one language course?

As demand is high, students are only permitted to take one language / level course at a time.

Can I change the level of the course if it is not suitable for me?

Yes, providing there are places in an alternative class.

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

You will receive a certificate on successful completion of the course. You will be required to attend regularly (at least 70% of the classes) and pass the assessments.

How is the course assessed?

In order to obtain a certificate, you have the opportunity to complete a series of assessments: a coursework portfolio (70% weighting), consisting of seven  tasks completed during the course; a speaking test (30% weighting).

Are the course tutors native speakers?

All tutors are language specialits, highly experienced in teaching in University and adult centres and native speakers of the language .

Will I be expected to buy a course book? 

Yes, your tutor will give you details of the course book during the first class.

How many students are there in each class?

 Under normal circumstances we admit a maximum of 30 students in each class. However, in order to maintain safe social distances, class sizes will be limited at 16 students face to face. For online classes, we will admit up to 20 students.

Can I withdraw from the course after the course has started?

Fee-paying students (alumni and local community) may withdraw at any time. However, course fees cannot be refunded after the end of the first week of the course.

Brunel students may withdraw from the course free of charge up to the end of the first week of the course by fill in a withdrawal form. After this time, students must submit documentary evidence to excuse their absence from the course. If satisfactory evidence is not submitted, students may be charged a withdrawal fee of £100. Please see our mitigating circumstances policy and our terms and conditions.

What are the course fees for members of the community applicants?

The current fee is £400 for the full 20-week course.

What are the course fees for current Brunel staff members?

Brunel staff members receive a 50% reduction on the full course fee. The current reduced rate is £200.

What are the course fees for Brunel alumni?

Brunel alumni receive a 50% reduction on the full course fee. The current reduced rate is £200.

How can I contact the course tutor?

Your course tutor will give you her/his Brunel email address in the first class. You can also find your tutor’s contact details in the staff profiles.

When do the courses run?

Term 1:  Week commencing Monday 11 October - Week commencing Monday 13 December.     

Term 2 : Week commencing Monday 10 January - Week commencing Monday 14 March.

Are there any classes during the summer?

At present, we do not have any classes during the summer.

What languages can I study?

We teach Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish. 

What levels of language study are offered?

We teach courses from beginners to intermediate-advanced, levels A1-B2 according to the Common European Framework. You can find information about the levels offered in each language in the Language Levels tabs.

When can I apply for a language course?

The application are now open  and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 6 October 2021. If you are a member of the local community or Alumni you can apply here.

How do I know if my application has been successful?

You will receive an email if you have been offered a place or if you are on the waiting list. 

When will I be contacted if I am on the waiting list?

Applicants on the waiting list are contacted as soon as places become available. No further places are offered after the second week of the course.

Where do the classes take place?

 From October 2021, we will offer a mix of online and Face-to Face courses.


The certificate will display the dates of the course and the language and level studied. It will also show  the level attained according to the Common European Framework.

Can I receive a certificate even if I do not complete the assessment?

Yes, you can receive a certificate of attendance if you attend at least 70% of the classes.