What are the entry requirements for the University Language Scheme?

There are six different stages of study you can enrol on, depending on your current level of competence; these stages are mapped against the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

If you belong to one of the following groups you may also be subject to a short stagefinder assessment to determine your correct entry level:

  • Students who in the past studied the language and followed a course towards gaining a recognised language qualification, e.g. GCSE, BTEC, RSA without sitting and passing the exam.
  • Students who have learnt language informally while abroad or with family members
  • Students who have failed an A level qualification or equivalent.
  • Students whose qualification dates back five years or more
Stage of study Entry requirements and learning outcomes
Stage 1 For beginners with no previous knowledge of the language - working towards CEF A1. On completion of this stage students will be able to survive in a variety of standard situations.
Stage 2 For students with GCSE grade A-C or equivalent. Working towards CEF level A2 equivalent. On completion of this stage students will be able to demonstrate a limited autonomy in a variety of standard situations.
Stage 3 GCSE grade 6-9/B-A* in the last THREE years / AS level pass / A level pass at grade E / A level study but no pass grade /
SHU ULS stage 2 pass (or equivalent) - working towards CEF B1. On completion of this stage students will be able to function effectively in a variety of everyday social and work situations.
Stage 4 A level pass grade D or higher / SHU ULS stage 3 pass (or equivalent) – working towards CEF B2. On completion of this stage students will be able to function effectively in most social and work situations.
Stage 5 A level pass (or equivalent) plus one year of formal study - working towards CEF C1. On completion of this stage students will be able to operate effectively in any social and work situation.
Stage 6 A level pass (or equivalent) plus two years of formal study or a substantial overseas placement for a minimum of three
months - working towards CEF C1/C2. On completion of this stage students will be able to operate effectively in a broad range of complex often unpredictable situations.

Please note: Students in the final year of their Undergraduate course cannot obtain credit for Stage 1 language study. This means that if you want to study a language as part of your course for course credit in your final year, you must have at least a ULS stage 1 or GCSE pass or equivalent. However, if you are studying a language as an extra module you can chose any level.

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