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Levels of Learning

Flair & Affinity Programmes

French, German & Spanish

Levels in these Foreign language courses are aligned to proficiency levels as provided by the guidelines issued by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This is depicted in the table below.

  • CEFR Level
    What the CEFR level of proficiency means
  • A1 (Breakthrough)
    French 80 hours Spanish 80 hours German 80 hours
    Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
  • A2 (Waystage)
    French 80 hours Spanish 90 hours German 90 hours
    Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
  • B1 (Threshold)
    French 100 hours Spanish 120 hours German 100 hours
    Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
  • B2 (Vantage)
    French 120 hours Spanish 150 hours German 150 hours
    Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.


Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N5 (basic) and N4 (elementary) level courses of 90 hours duration each, aligned to the JLPT system of international certification.

Mandarin Chinese

Level I survival kit in Mandarin Chinese to provide basic proficiency, aligned to the HSK I standard.

Level II to develop greater proficiency in spoken Mandarin Chinese, in line with HSK II requirements.