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 (CEF A1) For beginners with no previous knowledge of the language. Working towards CEF level A1 equivalent. On completion of this stage students will be able to survive in a variety of standard situations.
Stage 2 (CEF A2) 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 (CEF A2/B1) For students with a ULS stage 2/AS/equivalent level pass/equivalent experience. Working towards CEF level A2/B1 equivalent. On completion of this stage students will be able to function effectively in a variety of everyday social and work situations.
Stage 4 (CEF B1/B2) For students with a ULS stage 3/A level/equivalent pass/equivalent experience. Working towards CEF level B1/B2 equivalent. On completion of this stage students will be able to function effectively in most social and work situations.
Stage 5 (CEF B2/C1) For students with a ULS stage 4/A level/equivalent pass plus one year of formal study. Working towards CEF level B2/C1 equivalent. On completion of this stage students will be able to operate effectively in any social and work situation.
Stage 6 (CEF C1/C2) For students with a ULS stage 5/A level/equivalent pass plus two years of formal study or a substantial overseas placement for a minimum of 3 months. Working towards CEF level C1/C2 equivalent. 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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