Languages at Leicester

Exams and certificates

Languages at Leicester offers many courses in 19 languages – each course offers its own assessments which test your reading, writing, listening, and speaking ability. These assessments are voluntary and allow you to mark your progress and depending on how well you do you will be issued with a Languages at Leicester Certificate of Proficiency with a grade of pass, merit or distinction.

However, if you are looking for a qualification that is externally verified by an independent awarding body and recognised then we are a centre for the following internationally recognised qualifications:

Japanese Language Proficiency Test 

The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test or JLPT, is a standardized criterion-referenced test to evaluate and certify Japanese language proficiency for non-native speakers, covering language knowledge, reading ability, and listening ability.

The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) has been offered by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services since 1984 as a reliable means of evaluating and certifying the Japanese proficiency of non-native speakers. JLPT is the largest-scale Japanese-language test in the world. 

The JLPT has five levels:

  • N1
  • N2
  • N3
  • N4
  • N5

The easiest level is N5 and the most difficult level is N1. There are two test dates throughout the year.

Please visit our JLPT page for examination dates and how to register.

We offer JLPT preparation courses for level N5 to N2:

British Sign Language exams

Languages at Leicester offers nationally recognised qualifications in British Sign Language through two awarding bodies: Signature for Level 1 and the Institute of British Sign Language (iBSL) for Level 2.

Signature is the leading awarding body for deaf communications qualifications in the UK. Our three 10-week Level 1 British Sign Language courses are awarded by Signature.

iBSL is a UK awarding organisation accredited by Ofqual. Our Level 2 year-long British Sign Language course culminates in an assessment awarded by iBSL.  It provides a range of qualifications in British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Studies that meet the needs of learners of all ages and abilities.

For information about our BSL courses please visit our BSL page.

DELE exams

DELE Spanish Diplomas are the official titles certifying the learner with a level of competence and mastery of the Spanish language, granted by Spain's Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. The Instituto Cervantes organises examination sessions, while the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain designs the exams and oversees corrections and the final evaluation of all exams.

Languages at Leicester is an official examination centre for the DELE exams. Please visit the DELE page for information about the exam dates and how to register.

Diplômes de Français Professionnel AffairesB1 - (DFP Affaires B1) - French for Business

Professional French Exams  - The Diplômes de français professionnel are certifications designed and offered by the Paris Ile-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

It is aimed at certifying your French oral and written communication skills in the main areas of the professional world. Languages at Leicester offers the DFP Affaires B1 course and assessment. The Diploma in French for Business will enable you to show that you are able to use oral and written French in an effective manner in the principal situations of professional communication, and that you are fully prepared to handle the interpersonal, administrative and commercial aspects of company business. For more information visit our French for Business Page.

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