Open Access courses

Learn a language, experience a new culture. There's something for everyone in our Open Access Programme.

Open Access gives everyone the opportunity to take a Languages for All course, including University of Birmingham postgraduate students, staff, and members of the public. You will study alongside students who take our courses as part of their programme of study or as extracurricular modules. All classes are held on the main University Edgbaston campus.


Entry levels

Before enrolling on a course always check your starting level. One of the key factors in getting the most out of your language course is to start at the correct level, and this will depend on your previous experience and study.

If you are unsure of your entry level, refer to the Quick Guide below.  We also recommend you try one of our online placement tests . We have tests for most languages in our programme and they give you a good indication of the most appropriate entry level for you. 

If you feel your previous experience is not sufficiently tested by the online information available, please contact the relevant Language Co-ordinator in Languages for All.

Quick guide to levels

  • Beginner, with no previous study - Level 1
  • Post beginner (already completed a Beginners course) - start at Level 2
  • GCSE level but needs practice - Level 3
  • GCSE level Grade A/A* - Level 4
  • AS level or old A level - Level 5
  • A level - Level 6
  • Additional study after A level - Level 7
  • Proficient/Near native – Level 8

You can also refer to the What level am I? grid and compare your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills against those provided for each level.

And if you're still unsure, send us an email enquiry and we'll be happy to help.