Languages and Levels available as MOMD

Many degree programmes at Birmingham allow students to take one module outside their main area of specialism for at least one year.  Language modules are amongst the most popular choice for MOMDs and Languages for All offers a wide variety of languages and levels.

For exact details about how these modules fit into your degree programme, please consult the appropriate year tutor in your home department. See MOMD language courses available by programme year.

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In line with your previous language learning and qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following levels:

Level 1 - (Beginner) Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish

Level 2 - (Near Beginner) Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish

Level 3 - (Lower Intermediate) French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish

Level 4 - (Intermediate) French, German, Japanese, Italian, Spanish

Level 5  - (Higher Intermediate) French, German, Spanish

Level 6 - (Advanced) French, German, Spanish

Level 7 - (Post Advanced) French, German, Spanish

Level 8 - (Proficiency), French, German, Spanish

Higher level students can pursue language modules in project or Tandem learning format. Please see Tandem, Project and 40 credits modules

All our courses are mapped onto the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.  In many of our languages you can study at a level ranging from A1 to C1. 

Level 1

Currently offered in Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish

Beginner – For learners with no previous knowledge of the language and a GSCE in another foreign language

IWLP Level 1:  by the end of the course the majority of students will have reached A1 in certain skills

Level 2

Currently offered in Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish

Near Beginner – For learners with around 50 hours of previous tuition

IWLP Level 2:  by the end of the course the majority of students will have reached A1 in all skills

Level 3

Currently offered in Chinese Mandarin, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish

Lower Intermediate – For learners with around 100 hours of previous tuition

IWLP Level 3:  by the end of the course the majority of students will have reached A2 in certain skills

Level 4

Currently offered in French, German and Spanish

Intermediate – For learners with GCSE Grade A to C or equivalent

IWLP Level 4:  by the end of the course the majority of students will have reached will have reached and consolidated A2 in all skills

Level 5

Currently offered in French, German and Spanish

Higher Intermediate – For learners with AS Grade A to C or equivalent

IWLP Level 5:  by the end of the course the majority of students will have reached and consolidated B1 in receptive skills and will be working towards B1 in productive skills.

Level 6

Currently offered in French, German and Spanish

Advanced – For learners with A2 Grade A to C or equivalent

IWLP Level 6:  by the end of the course the majority of students will have reached and consolidated B1 in all skills and will be working towards B2 in certain skills.

Level 7

Currently offered in French, German and Spanish

Post Advanced – For learners with University undergraduate level in the target language

IWLP Level 7:  by the end of the course the majority of students will have reached and consolidated B2 in most skills and will be working towards C1 in selected areas.

Level 8

Currently offered in French, German and Spanish

Proficiency – For those who have already reached a sophisticated level in the target language

IWLP Level 8: by the end of the course, the majority of students will have achieved B2 in all skills and C1 in speaking.

Portuguese, Basque, Catalan, and Galician MOMDs are offered through the Department of Modern Languages   – please ask for contact details.