Finding the right language level!

To get the most out of your modern foreign language learning, you need to make sure you start off at the right level.

Our courses start at Beginners level, which is suitable for someone who has no previous experience of the language. We then have courses available at all levels through to Advanced which is the equivalent to Postgraduate level.

Don’t worry if you’re not sure at what level to start. Our tutors will assess your level at the beginning of the course to check that you are in the right group.

Do you want to learn
Ancient Greek, Cantonese, Dutch, Hebrew, Hungarian, Korean, Latin, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish, Thai or Welsh?

Year 

Study Pattern 

Course Title 

Course suitable for learners...

1 11 weeks Beginners who have never studied the language.
16 weeks Beginners Plus with very basic knowledge of the language or who have previously studied the language for up to 30 hours.

2

3 terms of
11 weeks each   
Improvers who have previously studied the language for up to 60 hours (pre-GCSE level).
Improvers Plus who have previously studied the language for up to 100 hours or who completed GCSE some time ago or who completed an A1 qualification in the language. (European Framework)

3
Lower Intermediate 1 who have previously studied the language for up to 140 hours or who completed GCSE recently (grade A-C).
Lower Intermediate 2 who have previously studied the language for up to 200 hours. For those who have recently completed GCSE (grade A*).
4 Intermediate who have previously studied the language for up to 250 hours or who have studied the language up to AS equivalent or who completed an A2 qualification in the language. (European Framework)
5 Advanced who have previously studied the language for up to 500 hours or who have completed a B2 qualification in the language. (European Framework)
Or do you wish to learn
Arabic, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish?
Year
Study Pattern

Course Title 

Course suitable for learners...

1 11 weeks Beginners who have never studied the language.
16 weeks Beginners Plus with very basic knowledge of the language or who have previously studied the language for up to 30 hours.
2 16 weeks Improvers who have previously studied the language for up to 60 hours (pre-GCSE level).
16 weeks Improvers Plus who have previously studied the language for up to 100 hours or who completed GCSE some time ago or who completed an A1 qualification in the language. (European Framework)
3 3 terms of
11 weeks each



Lower Intermediate 1 who have previously studied the language for up to 140 hours or who completed GCSE recently (grade A-C).
Lower Intermediate 2 who have previously studied the language for up to 200 hours. For those who have recently completed GCSE (grade A*).
4 Intermediate who have previously studied the language for up to 250 hours or who have studied the language up to AS equivalent or who completed an A2 qualification in the language. (European Framework)
5 Post Intermediate who have previously studied the language for up to 400 hours or who completed AS/A2 recently or who completed a B1 qualification in the language. (European Framework)
6 Advanced Conversation & Culture who have previously studied the language for up to 500 hours. For those who have completed a B2 qualification in the language. (European Framework)

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