Choosing the correct level

 

Our tutors will be available at advertised registration events to advise you on the most appropriate level to study.  You can also:

  • check the relevant Module Description for the language and level you are interested in.
  • read the more detailed week-by-week module programme for each module on ELE
  • refer to the general Entry and Exit Descriptors below.
  • do the free placement test below (French, German, Italian, Spanish). Try as many questions as you can and bring your final score with you to FLC registration (ignore the Try Again! prompt). Please note that this placement test is produced byOxfordUniversityand provides a rough guide to levels only.

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French Placement Test Here

Score Level French

1-8          Beginners FLF1130 or Beginners Fast Track FLF2130

9-19        Intermediate 1 FLF2230

16-26      Intermediate Fast Track FLF2430

20-28      Intermediate 2  FLF2330

29-39      Advanced 1 FLF3415 / 3430

40-45      Advanced 2 FLF 3515 / 3530

46-50      Advanced 3 FLF3715/3730 or French for

               Business FLF3615 / 3630

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German Placement Test Here

Score Level German

0-12         Beginners FLG1130 or Beginners Fast Track FLG2130           

13-23       Intermediate 1 FLG2230 

24-34       Intermediate 2 FLG2330 

35-45       Advanced 1 FLG3415 / 3430

46-50       Advanced 2 FLG3515 / 3530 or German for Business FLG3615 / 3630

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Italian Placement Test Here

Score Level Italian

1-10         Beginners FLI1130 or Beginners Fast Track FLI2130

10-20       Intermediate 1 FLI2230

21-38       Intermediate 2 FLI2330

38-50       Advanced (see Languages Office, Room 130)

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Spanish Placement Test Here

Score Level Spanish 

0-11         Beginners FLS1130 or Beginners Fast Track FLS2130                         

12-20       Intermediate 1 FLS2230 

21-39       Intermediate 2 FLS2330 

40-45       Advanced 1 FLS3415 / 3430

46-50       Advanced 2 FLS3515 / 3530

46-50       Advanced 3 FLS3715 / 3730

Entry and exit descriptions:

Entry DescriptionExit Description

A complete beginner with little or no previous experience of the language. You may have had some exposure to the language and/or achieved a GCSE Grade C or below. Approx. equivalent to A1 of CEFR.

Beginners for Business: As above but is designed for students looking for a Beginners course concentrating on language for Business

Beginners Fast-track: As above, but students must be able to demonstrate a successful track record of learning another similar foreign language/s, e.g. minimum pass at GCSE (A*-B) level in another MFL.

Beginners: Has basic understanding of present, past and future tense. Can get by in simple everyday situations. Understands the gist of conversations in predictable situations e.g. at the restaurant.

Beginners Fast-Track: See Intermediate 1 Exit Description

 

Entry DescriptionExit Description

Completion of FLC Beginners or pass at GCSE Grade A-B (or equivalent).  Can deal with everyday situations with reasonable confidence, e.g. making travel arrangements or finding your way around. Approx. equivalent to A2 of CEFR.

Intermediate 1 for Business: Completion of FLC Beginners for Business or pass at GCSE Grade A-B (or equivalent). Can deal with everyday situations with reasonable confidence, e.g. making travel arrangements or finding your way around. Approx equivalent to A2 of CEFR. Ideally suited for those considering a career in Business.

Intermediate Fast-track: Students must be able to demonstrate a successful track record of the chosen language with a minimum of A* or A grade at GCSE (or equivalent). Knowledge of an additional foreign language is an advantage.

Can deal with routine daily activities and exchange oral and written information on predictable topics. Can confidently describe professional roles and responsibilities in a basic way and talk about personal relationships.

Entry Description Exit Description
Completion of FLC Intermediate 1 or AS level (Grade A-B) or A level (Grade C or below) or equivalent. You will be able to use the language in a wide range of situations. Approx. equivalent to B1 of CEFR. Can exchange oral and written information on familiar topics. Can give opinions about topics such as politics, company culture, the environment. Can read and write confidently about various topics.

Entry DescriptionExit Description
Completion of FLC Intermediate 2 or A level Grade A-B (or equivalent). You will be able to communicate well in the language. Approx. equivalent to B2 of CEFR. Can deal with various work-related and leisure tasks. Oral proficiency is good and clear and conversations about unpredictable topics can be understood. Can give and understand advice on professional matters.

Entry Description Exit Description 
Completion of FLC Advanced 1 or A level + 1 year (or equivalent). You may also have spent time in a country where the language is spoken. Approx. equivalent to C1 of CEFR. Can confidently write letters and documentation to native speakers. Can deal effectively with work-related and leisure tasks, making appropriate use of the language according to the professional or social context.

 Entry Description Exit Description
Completion of FLC Advanced 2 and/or students with language skills at higher advanced level. Particularly appropriate for students returning from an extended period of study abroad. Approx. equivalent to C1 of CEFR. Can deal with complex and varied tasks at social and professional level. Vocabulary is varied and precise, speech is near fluent and most complex situations are understood.