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Level descriptions

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Here you will find a brief description about each of the levels we offer. This can assist you in deciding what level to study.

You may also find it helpful to read our course descriptions and/or do an online placement test.

Level 1

Most beginners start at Level 1, Part 1. Once you have completed Part 1, you can complete Parts 2 and 3 to complete your language level.

By the end of Part 3, you will be able to communicate in basic everyday situations. You will be able to understand simple texts and ascertain specific information on simple topics

Course structure:

  • Level 1, Part 1: For students with no knowledge of the language.
  • Level 1, Part 2: For students who have completed Level 1, Term 1 or the equivalent of 15 hours tuition.
  • Level 1, Part 3: For students who have completed Level 1, Terms 1 & 2 or the equivalent of 30 hours tuition.

False beginners

This course will be ideal for you if you have:

  • Completed 1 or 2 parts of Level 1
  • Passed at GCSE/O-level more than 4 years ago
  • A recent GCSE/O level grade C

By the end of the course, you will have revised, consolidated, and expanded grammar and vocabulary for basic everyday situations described in Level 1 above. 

Level 2

This course will be ideal for you if you have:

  • Completed Level 1
  • A GCSE/O-level or equivalent grade C or above
  • Reached A1 of the CEFR

By the end of the course, you will be able to communicate on everyday matters and be able to deal with simple written texts. 

Level 3

This course will be ideal for you if you have:

  • Completed Level 2
  • A recent GCSE/O-level, grade A
  • Reached A1/A2 of the CEFR

By the end of the course, you will have acquired the language and grammar to assist you with most situations likely to arise when travelling in areas where the target language is spoken. 

Level 4

This course will be ideal for you if you have:

  • Completed Level 3
  • An AS-level or A-level
  • Reached B1 of the CEFR

By the end of the course, you will be able to converse with relative ease on a wide range of issues and you will be able to read complex factual texts. 

Level 5

This course will be ideal for you if you have:

  • Completed Level 4
  • An A-level
  • Reached B1/B2 of the CEFR and have had further contact with the language

At this level, you will improve your command of topic-related vocabulary and idioms and the ability to vary your style according to the situation. By the end of the course, you will be able to express yourself confidently and with a high level of proficiency. 

Level 6

This course will be ideal for you if you have:

  • Completed Level 5
  • Achieved B2/C1 of the CEFR or a high level of proficiency in the foreign language.

At this level, you will learn how to recognise implicit meaning of written and spoken texts and how to make presentations on various subjects. By the end of the course, you will be able to communicate with near-native proficiency. 


Transferring levels

It is important to us that you are placed in the correct class. We will be happy to help transfer you if you feel that you need to transfer to a higher or lower level once your course has started.

Firstly, please talk to your tutor, who can advise you on the most appropriate level. After this, we will ascertain whether there is availability at the level you wish to transfer to - all courses have a maximum number of 16 spaces available.

If you would like to request a transfer, please make sure you do this within 3 weeks of the course commencement date. Requests after this point may not be processed.


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