What’s my current level of English?
When you apply, we may ask you to confirm you’re a competent user of English. The table below lists qualifications that typically demonstrate English ability and our recommended minimum grade/score.
No qualifications, or still not sure?
If you're still not sure if your English skills are at the right level, try this short activity.
Find out if your English is good enough
Look through the following statements about reading, writing, speaking and listening. For each statement, use the buttons to indicate your level of agreement. When you've shown your rating against each statement, we'll give you some advice about what to do next.
While reading and writing are important skills, you'll also come across video and audio material in your study. You’ll also need to communicate effectively with your tutor and fellow students and may need to speak to a member of staff to get help. These skills are reflected in the following:
If you're a Welsh speaker
Efallai nad ydych yn hyderus ynglyn â defnyddio Saesneg academaidd yn eich astudiaethau oherwydd mai Cymraeg yw eich iaith gyntaf. Dan ein Cynllun Iaith Gymraeg fe allai fod yn bosibl trefnu i diwtor sy'n siarad Cymraeg farcio eich aseiniadau. I drafod beth allai fod ar gael cysylltwch â'r Brifysgol Agored yng Nghymru, os gwelwch yn dda, naill ai trwy'r Saesneg neu'r Gymraeg, cyn gynted ag y byddwch yn cofrestru ar y cwrs: 02920 471170 neu email@example.com.
Perhaps you are not confident about using academic English in your studies because Welsh is your first language. Under our Welsh Language Scheme it may be possible to arrange for a Welsh-speaking tutor to mark your assignments. To discuss what might be available please contact The Open University in Wales, in either English or Welsh, as soon as you register on your course: 02920 471170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.