Short Courses

Language Levels

Browse our language levels so you can be sure that you are studying at the right level for you.

Beginners 1-3/Japanese Beginners 1-6

(3 terms, 60 contact hours - CEFR A1)

(Japanese; 6 terms, 120 contact hours - CEFR A1)

 

 

 

Pre-requisites

This level is about you and your immediate environment.

At the end of A1 level, you’ll be able to:

  • introduce yourself and talk about your family, hobbies and where you live
  • ask simple questions and carry out tasks like ordering a drink or asking for directions.

Please note: Beginners Japanese has levels 1-6, taught over 6 terms.

 

Beginners 1: None, for complete beginners

Beginners 2 & 3: Completion of Beginners 1 and 2 respectively

Japanese Beginners 3-6: Completion of Beginners 2-5 respectively

CEFR Outcome

Upon completion of Beginners 3 (Beginners 6 for Japanese) you will achieve the Common European Framework level CEFR A1.

     

Elementary 1-6

(6 terms, 120 contact hours - CEFR A2)

 

 

Pre-requisites

This level is your essential kit for travelling abroad or helping a visitor.

At the end of A2 level, you’ll be able to:

  • talk about a past holiday and make recommendations on what to see and do
  • talk about your future plans, compare options and choose.
 

Elementary 1: Completion of CEFR A1 or Beginners 3  (Beginners 6 for Japanese)

Elementary 2-6: Completion of Elementary 1-5 respectively

CEFR Outcome

Upon completion of Elementary 6 you will achieve the Common European Framework level CEFR A2

     

Intermediate 1-6

(6 terms, 120 contact hours - CEFR B1)

 

 

Pre-requisites

This is the level you need to live abroad and get by in most situations. 

At the end of B1 level, you’ll be able to:

  • describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions
  • narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film.
 

Intermediate 1: Completion of CEFR A2 or Elementary 6

Intermediate 2-6: Completion of Elementary 1-5 respectively

CEFR Outcome

Upon completion of Intermediate 6 you will achieve the Common European Framework level CEFR B1

     

Upper Intermediate 1-6

(6 terms, 120 contact hours - CEFR B2)

 

 

Pre-requisites

This is the level you need to work or study in the language.

It is the minimum level required by universities for international first year students.

At the end of B2 level, you’ll be able to:

  • understand most current affairs TV programmes
  • have a degree of fluency that allows you to take an active part in discussions with native speakers.
 

Upper Intermediate 1: Completion of CEFR B1 or Intermediate 6

Upper Intermediate 2-6: Completion of Upper Intermediate 1-5 respectively

CEFR Outcome

Upon completion of Upper Intermediate 6 you will achieve the Common European Framework level CEFR B2

     

Advanced (CEFR C1/C2)

 

Pre-requisites

At level C1, you’ll be able to:

  • express yourself fluently and spontaneously, almost effortlessly

It will only be conceptually difficult subjects that hinder you.

At level C2 you’ll be able to:

  • express yourself spontaneously at length, avoiding or navigating any difficulty smoothly

The courses on this level are open-ended and students can join in any term.

 

Advanced: Completion of CEFR B2 or Upper Intermediate 6

'Actuel' courses in French, German, Italian and Spanish:

Completion of CEFR C1 or at least two years of Advanced

CEFR Outcome

Upon completion of two years of Advanced courses, you will achieve the Common European Framework level CEFR C1

 

CEFR Information

More information about the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) can be found on the Council of Europe Website here.

Still not sure?

For enquiries about which level would be most appropriate for you, please contact one of our language teams:

French | languagesforall-french@ed.ac.uk

German | languagesforall-german@ed.ac.uk

Italian | languagesforall-italian@ed.ac.uk

Japanese | languagesforall-japanese@ed.ac.uk

Spanish | languagesforall-spanish@ed.ac.uk

Chinese |  info@confuciusinstitute.ac.uk

All other languages | languagesforall@ed.ac.uk

 

For all general enquiries, please contact us on 0131 650 4400 or COL@ed.ac.uk.

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