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.