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Guide to Levels

The table below gives an indication of entry levels based on previous language learning and/or English educational qualifications, as well as, for European languages, the CEFR. They are a guide, not pre-requisites.

Please also note that summaries of course contents can be viewed for all languages via the links to the right of this page.

Entry Level

Language Development Courses

Language Progression Courses (in ascending order of levels)

Language Accelerator Courses / Credit-Bearing Modules
No experience Step 1 Beginners  Stage 1   
Some basic knowledge Step 2
  • CEFR A1-
  • Progression Beginners course
  • Low GCSE
Step 1 Elementary 
Step 2
  • CEFR A1+
  • Progression Elementary course
  • Credit-bearing module or Accelerator course at Stage 1
  • GCSE
Step 1 Lower Intermediate  Stage 2   
Step 2
  • CEFR A2-
  • Progression Lower Intermediate course
  • GCSE + some time abroad
Step 1 Intermediate 
Step 2
  • CEFR A2+
  • Progression Intermediate course
  • Credit-bearing module or Accelerator course at Stage 2
  • AS level
Step 1 Higher Intermediate  Stage 3   
Step 2
  • CEFR B1-
  • Progression Higher Intermediate course
  • Low/rusty A level
Step 1 Advanced 
Step 2
  • CEFR B1
  • Progression Advanced course
  • Credit-bearing module or Accelerator course at Stage 3
  • A level
Step 1 Higher Advanced 1 Stage 4
Step 2
  • CEFR B1+/B2-
  • Progression Higher Advanced 1 course
Step 1 Higher Advanced 2
Step 2