We offer:

  • An extensive range of European, non-European and community languages.
  • Morning, afternoon, evening and Saturday courses.
  • Experienced tutors who are mostly native speakers. They use a variety of lively activities and teaching methods to make learning fun, stimulating and useful.
  • Supporting cultural interest courses, eg films, cookery, literature and study tours.
  • Most of our courses are in two 15 week blocks, starting in September, and continuing in early February. Learners can join at any time, provided they can work at the same level as the rest of the class.

Which level should you join?

  • You largely self-select the course you want to join, taking into consideration length and amount of previous study, levels of knowledge, fluency and confidence.
  • You can always change between courses after consultation with your tutor, if you find that your chosen course is not at the right level for you.
  • You should expect to stay at the intermediate levels, eg Level 2 A and B for more than one year, in order to consolidate your knowledge at that level, but with new course content each year, of course.
  • It is best to discuss with your tutor at the end of courses in June which level you should join the following September.

Language Levels 2014-15

Levels 2014 – 2015

Who is it for?

What will it cover?

Common Academic (Equivalent approximate)

1A and B

Complete beginners – do not join this course if you already know any of the language.

Simple expressions, vocabulary and grammar to enable you to get by in everyday situations.

1B and C

“Not quite complete beginners”

Those who have studied a long time ago, or learnt a little when abroad, or on a “Get by on Holiday” course.

Revision of prior learning. Communication for everyday situations.

pre GCSE

1C and D

Post – Beginners’ course For learners who have completed a Level 1 A & B course.

Coping with less predictable everyday situations and learning to maintain a social conversation.

GCSE Grade D–G

2A and B

Lower intermediate learners

who have completed Level 1, or have a good basic understanding of the language.

Language skills to enable you to deal with ease in most practical and social situations.

GCSE Grade A–C

2C and D

Upper intermediate learners who are reasonably competent.

Conversation and advanced grammar to enable you to use the language with confidence.

AS Level

3A and B

Advanced learners who have been learning for several years and are fairly fluent.

Fairly fluent conversation about a wide range and variety of topics.

A Level

3C and D

(Advanced conversation)

Very advanced students who are fluent in the language.

Discussions on topical issues. Read and discuss literature and current affairs.

First year degree course

Advice and guidance: If you are unsure about which level to join, call 0117 903 8844 to speak to our specialist staff.