All our courses range from Beginners to Advanced level, subject to language and demand. There are no entry pre-requisites for any courses other than credit-bearing courses for students. However, you should choose your level carefully to maximise the benefit from the course.
Studying at too high a level may mean you struggle. Studying at too low a level will mean you will not progress your language ability as far as you could. Our general guide to levels for each course indicates the modes of progression. See individual courses for details of course contents, which will give the best indication of learning outcomes and help you find the best course for you. Self-placement tests are available in some languages and can provide additional information.
All courses will recognise participation with certificates issued by the Centre for Foreign Language Study on behalf of Durham University.
Externally accredited qualifications are currently available through Durham University in:
Similar qualifications in other languages are available, including Chinese (HSK) and Portuguese through Newcastle University.