Guidance on deciding your level
If you want to speak to an adviser, you can prepare for that conversation thinking about answers to the following questions:
- What is your previous history of studying the language? (At school or outside school in formal classes? Have you spent any length of time in a country where the language is spoken? How long ago did you study the language? How much have you used the language since then?)
- Do you have a good understanding of basic grammar and vocabulary? (How did you do in the first part of the quiz? How do you rate yourself on the CEFR Framework? How did you get on with the OpenLearn materials?)
- Do you feel confident reading and listening to authentic materials? (How did you do in the second part of the quiz? How do you rate yourself on the CEFR Framework? How did you get on with the OpenLearn materials?)
Like many other students you may not be equally strong in all language skills: perhaps you are better at reading but not at speaking. Or you are virtually fluent and understand the language well, but have little grammatical knowledge or have not written much in the language. There is nothing wrong with this, but you need to be aware that all our modules require minimum standards in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
You may find you are somewhere in between two levels and may want to consider how much time you can devote realistically to your studies. If you are taking a module slightly above your level, you need to factor in the additional time to catch up in those areas that you are weaker in.
Please note that you will have to study at least one module at intermediate level (L112, L113, L116 or L150) as part of your qualification.