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HumanitiesCertificate of Continuing Education in Italian

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for the next three-year cycle of the Certificate of Continuing Education in Italian which, numbers permitting, will commence in September 2024. We will also accept applications for direct entry to second year (commencing September 2025) from suitably qualified candidates.

Approved Qualification

This evening degree programme comprises undergraduate level modules in the language at first, second and third-year levels.

The two first-year modules, Introduction 1A and Introduction 1B, are intensive beginners’ classes. They are suitable for people with some or no knowledge of the language but with previous experience of language learning, and would equally suit those with qualifications in the language from some years ago who wish to refresh their knowledge.

The CCEd provides a General Teaching Council approved qualification and has, in previous years, appealed to candidates from diverse backgrounds, including:

  • secondary school teachers wishing to acquire an additional language;
  • teachers of classics;
  • primary school teachers;
  • musicians, journalists, lawyers and a range of professional people with an interest in Italy and its language.

University Standard in One Year

The intensive beginners’ classes will bring you up to first-year university standard in one year, with the aim of allowing you to continue your study of the language into second year and up to university pass degree level within three years. There is no long-term commitment, however, since enrolment is initially for one year and renewable on an annual basis. You will be free to opt out at any stage.

Direct entry to the second year is also possible for suitably qualified applicants, and the University will grant full recognition and credits for previous study.

On completion of the full course, you'll qualify for the award of the Certificate of Continuing Education.

Although this class is offered on a part-time evening basis, it mirrors the courses taken by our full-time undergraduates, and is taught by the same university staff, many of them native speakers, who also teach the day-time students. You will therefore be guaranteed access to genuine university standard courses on a part-time basis, leading to a reputable qualification, and you'll have access to the same University facilities enjoyed by full-time students, including:

  • libraries;
  • the Students’ Union;
  • IT facilities.

Valuable Resource

These courses in languages have proved to be a valuable resource for practising teachers wishing to acquire a new language or to top up existing university study.

The class is offered on a one evening (Monday) per week basis over 22 weeks, and follows the normal day-time University teaching semesters (i.e. from late September to early December and from late mid-January to late March).

The examination period is April and early May. Enrolments permitting, classes begin in late September. Since full-time students have a period of grace in which to change courses, it will be possible to accept late applications after this time. Please enquire if in doubt.

All classes take place in the University’s city centre campus, and are of three hours in duration, between 6pm and 9pm. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in the University car park at the High Street end of George Street. The covered car park on Richmond Street may also be available for evening use.

Course fees for the CCEd courses are currently around £1,000 all inclusive, covering 22 weeks of tuition and examination fees. If you plan to undertake the course for reasons of continuing professional development and could make a case to this effect, you might wish to approach your employer for support. If you are a practising teacher you could approach your school or local education authority. Practising teachers currently employed by Glasgow City Council should contact Gillian Campbell Thow, who has helped many teachers secure funding for our CCEd courses. 

A good number of the teachers in post who are currently registered on our CCEd courses in modern languages are in receipt of full or partial funding from their schools or local authorities. These courses also qualify for support of up to £500 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland, where an applicant's earnings are below the income threshold. Visit SAAS here:

You can download the course structure through this link: CCEd Italian Course Structure 2018