What is Routes into Languages?

The Routes into Languages programme aims to increase the take-up of language courses in higher education by encouraging more young people to continue studying languages at school and college and then at university, especially those from social groups currently under-represented in language study.

A key feature is to provide the secondary, FE and HE education sectors with the resources to work together to promote language study. It will also raise awareness of the role of languages in HE as a driver of national economic and civic regeneration.

Who are we funded by?

The Routes into Languages programme is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England

Where are we based?

The Programme is overseen by an Advisory Board chaired by a nominee of UCML. It is managed on a day-to-day basis by a small team based in the LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies at the University of Southampton, in partnership with CILT, who together provide support for the consortia and research projects, coordinate dissemination and evaluation and monitor the strands of activity on behalf of the Steering Group and HEFCE.

Who is this website for?

This website is aimed at school teachers and university staff.

What activities are taking place?

Funded activities include:

  • undergraduate ambassadors
  • e mentor schemes
  • language graduates talking about their experiences to students in schools and colleges
  • summer schools for non-Western European languages
  • taster days

How can you get involved?

What’s happening near you?

A wide range of Routes into Languages activities take place across the nine regions in England. You can find out more by selecting your region from the map.

How can you contact us?

Please email Angela Gallagher-Brett, Academic Coordinator (Routes), who will deal with your query as quickly as possible: routes@soton.ac.uk