We offer a full range of levels at CSL from Beginner to Advanced. Our levels are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and are as follows:

  • Beginner (A1) *
  • Elementary (A2)
  • Pre-Intermediate (A2)
  • Intermediate (B1)
  • Upper-Intermediate (B2)
  • Advanced (C1)

We also offer Proficiency (C2) if there is sufficient demand. If you are interested in a course at Upper Advanced / Proficiency (C2) level, please contact us.


You have no previous knowledge of the language.

CEFR level:  A1 / Breakthrough 
Cambridge Exams: Not applicable
IELTS: Not applicable

'Can do' statements

You have completed the Beginner stage if you...

  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases covering various topics
  • Can introduce  yourself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you have
  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help


Basic communication is possible with assistance and you understand simple sentences slowly and clearly.

CEFR level:  A2-B1 / Waystage
Cambridge Exams: KET
Key English Test

'Can do' statements

You have completed the Elementary / Pre-Intermediate stages if you ...

  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to various subjects (for example, very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment etc.)
  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks and can exchange information on familiar and routine matters
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of your background/life, your environment and needs


You can make effective and independent use of the language in familiar situations, although there are still problems in communication.

CEFR level:  B1 / Threshold 
Cambridge Exams: PET
Preliminary English Test

'Can do' statements

You have completed the Intermediate stage if you...

  • Can understand the main points of familiar matters encountered in work, school, leisure etc.
  • Can deal with most situations where you live or where you travel
  • Can produce simple text in topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and add explanations, opinions and plans.


Your use of language is consistent and usually correct, but problems in fluency and accuracy still occur.

CEFR Level: B2 / Vantage
Cambridge Exams: FCE
First Certificate in English

'Can do' statements

You have completed the Upper-Intermediate stage if you ...

  • Can understand abstract and concrete language forms, including technical discussions in your chosen academic or work field
  • Can interact with a degree of competence and confidence with native speakers 
  • Can produce well-written text on a wide range of subjects and explain your viewpoint on topical issues


You have a good command of the language. It is fluent, accurate and well-organised with only a few uncertainties in complex situations.

CEFR level: C1 / Effective Proficiency 
Cambridge Exams: CAE
Certificate in Advanced English

'Can do' statements

You have completed the Advanced stage if you ...

  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts and recognize both explicit and implicit meaning
  • Can express yourself fluently and immediately
  • Can be confident in social, academic and professional situations
  • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects


You have an excellent command of the language and can tackle the most difficult tasks.

CEFR level: C2 / Mastery 
Cambridge Exams: CPE
Certificate of Proficiency in English

'Can do' statements

You have completed the Proficiency stage if you ...

  • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read
  • Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, and can present arguments 
  • Can express yourself immediately, very fluently and precisely.

Are you ready?


If you need help

Phone +44 1792-459615