Our language courses are graded in steps. Find out the right one for you with this guide.

Please note, this is a guide only – for details about what is covered in each course, please see individual course information, using our online course search.

Tasters : ‘Inspire yourself’ or ‘Taste of’ sessions

Discover simple, fun phrases and gain confidence in a like-minded group. In our ‘Taste of’ sessions, you can try some typical snacks from the culture in a social setting, with a language tutor to inspire you.

Beginners: steps 1-3

For learners with no experience or very basic skills. You will build confidence gradually on topics such as food and drink, family and shopping. You will get to grips with pronunciation and learn numbers, days of the week, dates and times.

Improvers: steps 4-6

For those who have recent experience or have completed a year of beginners’ courses. You should know numbers and dates, and be able to deal with basic travel situations and greetings. At improvers’ level, you will learn more about the culture of the country concerned.

As you move through the steps, you will learn structures and use simple past and future tenses in a range of travel contexts, such as talking about yourself, eating out, buying tickets and finding the way.

At step six, you will continue to build your confidence and practise your skills, and learn more vocabulary, grammar and structures.

Intermediate: steps 7-9

For those who have completed a year at improvers’ level or have recent experience of using the language at that level. You will learn to make appropriate uses of all tenses by taking part in discussions and activities to improve fluency and extend your vocabulary.

You will also learn to read authentic texts, write to friends or businesses and consider different regions and accents.

As you move through the steps, you will tackle more complex interactions and absorb the culture through extended activities and materials.

Advanced: step 10 and onwards development

At this level, you will explore and discuss authentic texts and listening materials based on topical issues, everyday life, culture and current affairs. You will take part in dialogues and discussions and be encouraged to express opinions, preferences and points of view.

Your knowledge and understanding of structure will be extended as you describe experiences and events using a range of tenses.