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What level should I study?

Need help choosing which level to study?

To ensure you select the right level to study, we recommend that you read the level descriptions below and try our online placement tests. We also offer over the phone or in-person level assessments with our teachers. Don't forget to read the course descriptions which detail what grammar, functions and topics will be covered in class. Please get in touch with us if you need any help and we will be happy to guide you. 

Two assessment options: 

1) Online:  Online placement tests

2) Phone or In-Person Assessments:  Register for an assessment with a teacher


 

Beginner

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, Part 1 or the equivalent of 15 hours tuition.
Level 1, Part 3: for students who have completed Level 1, Parts 1 & 2 or the equivalent of 30 hours tuition.

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.

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.

Intermediate

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.

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.

 

Advanced

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.

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.

 

Placement tests

If you are a complete beginner, you do not require a language assessment and should enrol on a Level 1, Part 1 course. For students who have experience speaking the language, we recommend that you take the online placement test below. 

Please note: not all languages are represented with the online placement tests and the course that you wish to study may not currently be available. Should this be the case please contact the Modern Language Centre and we will assist you. 

Transferring levels

If you find that you need to transfer to a higher or lower level of your course once your class has started, please talk to your tutor who can advise you on the most appropriate level. Please then email your transfer request to  mlc@kcl.ac.uk at the beginning of your course commencement date. We may not be able to process any transfer requests after this deadline. Transfers are dependent on class space.