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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.

Course level

This course is suitable for learners...

Beginners who have never studied the language.
Beginners Plus who have previously studied the language for up to 30 hours; or for those with very basic knowledge of the language.
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 for those who completed GCSE some time ago or completed an A1 qualification in the language (European Framework).
Lower Intermediate 1 who previously studied the language for up to 150 hours; or for those who completed GCSE recently (grade A-C).
Lower Intermediate 2 who previously studied the language for up to 200 hours; or for those who recently achieved a GCSE (grade A*) or completed an A2 qualification in the language (European Framework).
Intermediate who previously studied the language for up to 280 hours.
Post Intermediate who previously studied the language for up to 400 hours; or for those recently achieved AS/A2 or completed a B1 qualification in the language (European Framework).
Advanced - Conversation & Culture who previously studied the language for up to 500 hours minimum; or for those who have completed a B2 (or C1) qualification in the language (European Framework).
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