Nottingham Language Academy is launching intensive revision classes this Easter as anxious pupils compete to secure university places before tuition fees rise to as much as £9,000 a year.

As pressure on higher education places mounts, the language school, based at The Ropewalk, in the city, is offering help at both A level and GCSE in French, German and Spanish during the school break.

Students starting university this September will be the last intake before higher tuition fees are introduced in 2012.

Nationally, more than 600,000 people have already applied through the University and College Admissions Service but the number of places available has been restricted to last year’s level of 487,000.

Demand for university places is being further fuelled by pupils who are cancelling planned gap years to beat the rise in fees.

The Easter holiday revision classes will be held at Nottingham Language Academy on April 18, 19, 20, and 21 and on April 26, 27 and 28.

“We want to give as much help as possible to pupils – and parents – concerned that missing out on a place later this year could cost them thousands of pounds,” said Linda Walker, who is a Business Language Champion in the East Midlands and who launched the Nottingham Language Academy in September last year.

“If pupils have to re-sit A levels they could end up in the first wave of students charged up to £9,000 a year in tuition fees.

“While some youngsters will be shutting themselves away to study at home for the Easter holidays, others may feel happier with a professionally structured approach and a classroom environment to help them revise more effectively. Nottingham Language Academy is here to help.”

The school, which offers tuition to individuals and businesses, also teaches English as a foreign language, alongside the modern languages of French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Greek and Mandarin.

Classes are run during the day, evenings and at weekends, and are designed for people who want to improve their job prospects, travel and see the world, live and work abroad, gain a place at university or learn something new for the fun of it.

The modern foreign languages courses are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which now forms the basis of language teaching and learning in most European Union countries.

Nottingham Language Academy is based at 8 The Ropewalk, Nottingham. For more information visit or call 0330 333 6192.

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