Which level do I choose?

The following are general guidelines as to the most appropriate stage of a language course based on your previous qualifications.

On enrolment, all learners will be given further advice and the opportunity to discuss their language stage with a member of staff to ensure that the correct module is chosen.

Semester 1 Modules – from October to December

  • Stage 1 - No prior knowledge.
  • Stage 3 - GCSE grade C or lower, CEF level A1.
  • Stage 5 - GCSE grade A/B, CEF level A2/B1.
  • Stage 7 - AS-level grade B, A2 grade C/D or lower, CEF level B1.
  • Stage 9 - A at A2 level, CEF level B2/C1.

Semester 2 Modules – from January to May

  • Stage 2 - very basic knowledge (e.g. one year of language studies several years ago).
  • Stage 4 - GCSE grade B/C, CEF level A2.
  • Stage 6 - GCSE A*, AS-Level D or below, CEF level B1.
  • Stage 8 - AS-level grade A, A2-level C or above, CEF level B1/B2.
  • Stage 10 - A* at A2 level, CEF level B2/C1.

International Baccalaureate Diploma:

At higher level:

  • Grade 7 - Stage 9/10.
  • Grade 6 - Stage 9.
  • Grade 5 - Stage 7/8.
  • Grade 4  - Stage 7.
  • Grade 3 -  Stage 5/6.

At standard level:

  • Grade 7 - Stage 8.
  • Grade 6 - Stage 7.
  • Grade 5 - Stage 6.
  • Grade 4 - Stage 5/6.
  • Grade 3 - Stage 5.

International Baccalaureate Certificate:

At higher level:

See above.

At standard level:

  • Grade 7 - Stage 7.
  • Grade 6 - Stage 6.
  • Grade 5 - Stage 6.
  • Grade 4 - Stage 5/6.
  • Grade 3 - Stage 5.

The Middle Years Programme is the equivalent of GCSE overall; individual subjects are marked on a scale of 1-7, with 7 being the highest. A score of 4 or above should equate to at least a grade C at GCSE (Stage 3).