Language levels

We offer five levels of language module from complete beginner to advanced.

Our entry requirements can be found below. We have different requirments depending on the language you want to study. 

Levels for our French, German, Italian and Spanish modules

We use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Below you can see the requirements for our modules and the level we expect you will achieve if you complete the module. 

If you're unsure of your level, you can download our self-assessment questionnaire. If you have any questions or want to check if a qualification is eligible contact us at 
lfa@leeds.ac.uk

Beginners

Requirements

  •  No prior knowledge of the language is required

Expected level on completion

  • A1/A2 CEFR level

Elementary

Requirements

  • Completion of beginner level Languages for All module
  • A1 CEFR level
  • An agreed alternative
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.

Can introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have.

Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Expected level on completion

  • A2/B1 CEFR level- the equivalent of a good GCSE grade

    Lower intermediate

        Requirements

        • Completion of elementary level Languages for All module
        • GCSE grade A-C or 4-9 in the new system
        • A2 CEFR level
        • An agreed alternative
        Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (eg very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.

        Can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate basic need.

        Expected level on completion

        • B1 CEFR level

            Upper intermediate

            Requirements

            • Completion of Lower intermediate languages for all module
            • AS level grade A-C
            • B1 CEFR level
            • An agreed equivalent
            Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure etc.

            Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.

            Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

            Expected level on completion

            • B2 CEFR level

            Advanced

            Requirements

            • Completion of the learning for all upper intermediate level
            • A level grade A-C
            • B1/B2 CEFR level
            • An agreed equivalent
            Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialisation.

            Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

            Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

            Expected level on completion

            •  B2/C1 CEFR level

              Advanced plus

                  Requirements

                  • Completion of the Languages for All advanced module
                  • 6-12 months living in a country
                  • Near native fluency
                  • B2/C1 CEFR level
                  Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.

                  Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

                  Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

                  Expected level on completion

                  •  C1/C2 CEFR level


                  Levels for our Japanese, Korean and Mandarin Chinese modules

                  Below are the levels that are required for entry to our Japanese, Korean and Mandarin Chinese modules. If you're unsure of your level, you can download our non- roman script self-assessment questionnaire. If you have any questions or want to check if a qualification is eligible contact us at lfa@leeds.ac.uk

                      Beginners

                        This module is open to people with no previous knowledge of the language. If you have studied the language before, an assessment with a module tutor will be required. 

                      Elementary

                      To start the elementary module you will need to demonstrate the following level in the language you wish to study:

                      • Some awareness of cultural and linguistic differences between the use of the language and English.  
                      • An understanding of commonly used vocabulary and everyday expressions.
                      • A basic knowledge of grammar such as sentence structure.    
                      • Extract the key information from simple audio material.
                      • Understand and make themselves understood by a sympathetic native speaker in specific contexts.    
                      • Produce short pieces of independent writing.
                      • Handle short conversations in a familiar context.    
                      • Be able to ask and answer a range of simple questions and demonstrate knowledge of future and past tenses.

                      Japanese

                      • Read and write hiragana, katakana and c.20-30 kanji.
                      • Have an awareness of character origin, form and different readings.

                      Korean

                      • Be able to read Hangul in a text without particularly understanding the content. 
                      • Be able to write a short paragraph (eg about yourself) in Hangul.

                      Mandarin

                      • Understand the rules of Chinese characters.
                      • Recognise some common Chinese words - see HSK level 1 (150 words).
                      • Copy and write some basic characters accurately.

                        Lower intermediate

                          • Demonstrate an understanding of commonly used instructions, vocabulary, requests and expressions.
                          • Demonstrate some awareness of cultural and linguistic differences between the use of the target language and English.
                          • Demonstrate knowledge of key areas of grammar, including continuous tenses and comparative and superlative forms.
                          • Extract accurately the key information from audio material.
                          • Read short texts.
                          • Produce short pieces of independent writing.
                          • Understand and make themselves understood by a sympathetic native speaker in specific contexts.
                          • Demonstrate an understanding of more complex sentences and expressing degree.

                          Japanese

                          • Read and write c.100-120 kanji and have an awareness of structure, form, radicals and rules of writing kanji.
                          • Be comfortable with hiragana and katakana.
                          • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of particles.

                          Korean

                          • Be able to read any kind of provided text with some understanding.
                          • Be able to demonstrate an ability to form some complicated sentence structures by using a variety of vocabulary and grammar (eg two different endings).

                          Mandarin

                          • Recognise c300 Chinese words - see HSK level 2.
                          • Write a good number of common words in characters confidently and accurately.