Achieving Success at MLS

How do we Manage your Progress?

MLS places great emphasis on monitoring and supporting student language and academic development.  We do this from before you arrive at the College until after you leave.

      • Before Arrival – you are usually required to provide evidence of your language and academic level or professional background before arrival at the College.  Alternatively, you are encouraged to sit an MLS pre-arrival test before coming to the College to give us an indication of your language level.  For executive or tailor made courses we will ask for a fuller training needs analysis to be completed.
      • On Arrival – you will be given a placement test to determine your current English language level and to assess gaps in your learning.  The Director of Studies will then place you in a class which is at the most appropriate level and which best meets your needs.

      • Throughout your Course – you will be assessed on your classroom performance as well as through regular tests.  Each month* in English language (Element 2) and twice a term on business English (Element 5) courses, you will sit a formal test and have the opportunity to review this and your classwork with your teacher.  You will also have the opportunity to speak to your teacher about your progress at any time through informal meetings.  For students studying content-based modules, assessment will take place twice a term through examinations or coursework based assessment.
        * Tests may be suspended in July and August

  • On Completion of your Course – you will receive a training report which shows the progress you have made.  In your tutorials and in your final report we refer to CEFR descriptors to indicate your level of English.  This is broken down further into a score known as the MLS 200.  Please see below for a breakdown of this and how it corresponds to the CEFR and class levels.
MLS 200 Score CEFR Class Level
0 – 21 A0 – A1 Beginner
22 – 54 A1 – A2 Elementary
55 – 87 A2 – B1 Pre-intermediate
88 – 120 B1 Intermediate
121 – 153 B2 Upper Intermediate
154 – 186 C1 Advanced
187+ C2 Proficiency

The purpose of the MLS 200 Scoring system is to help you to see your overall progress and also to enable you to focus on targets over your language learning programme. These targets are set and monitored by your teachers through the tutorial system to ensure you progress to the highest level of English that you are capable of, in the time that you have here at MLS.

Grading of MLS’ BTEC Higher National Units (HNC/HND)

The grading of Pearson Edexcel BTEC Higher National qualifications is at the unit and the qualification level.  Each successfully completed unit is graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction.  All grades are awarded for the achievement of outcomes against the specified assessment criteria provided by Pearson Edexcel BTEC.  Merit and Distinction grades reflect higher-level achievement.

Grading of MLS’ NCFE Programme Units

The grading of the NCFE programmes is at the unit and the diploma level.  All grades are awarded for the achievement of outcomes against the specified assessment criteria agreed by the College with NCFE.  The possible grades are Achieved or Not Achieved.

This grading is supplemented by MLS grading at Merit and Distinction level.  The Merit and Distinction grade descriptors provided are generic, grade the total evidence produced for each unit and describe the learner’s performance over and above that for a Pass grade.  They can be achieved in a flexible way, to reflect the nature of the sector concerned.  This is particularly relevant for students following a University Foundation programme.

Learning Support at MLS

We are committed to making sure that MLS offers a happy and successful experience for all of our clients.  Where a student has a particular learning support need, we will do our best to put measures in place to assist the learning experience at MLS.  We ask that all students who have declared their specific learning or welfare need complete our Learning Support Questionnaire, which will assist us in understanding what support the College may provide.

MLS is not a specialist learning support unit and where we assess that the level of support required by an individual cannot practically be delivered at MLS, we will advise you accordingly and this may result in an admissions rejection.

If you have additional learning support requirements and would like to make an application to MLS, please complete the Learning Support Questionnaire and send it to our admissions team along with your application.

MLS Student Successes

MLS is proud of the achievements of its students and a summary of student success rates can be seen below:

English Language Courses:

Period % achieving expected grades
2018 95.5%
2017 87.25%
2016 80%
2015 84.7%
2014 82.4%
2013 80.8%

University Pathway Courses:

Year Students achieving a qualification Grades over 70% (Distinction)
2017 93% 21%
2016 100% 55.5%
2015 81% 12.5%
2014 100% 11.5%
2013 91% 12.5%
Academic Excellence Scholarships

Congratulations to two of our University Foundation students (2017) – Chih-Wei (Jimmy) from Taiwan, and Ali from Jordan, who have both been offered an Academic Excellence Scholarship by Bournemouth University.  These scholarships are awarded by Bournemouth University in recognition of students’ outstanding personal and academic profiles.

Edexcel BTEC HNC/HND Courses:


Final Awards 2012 / 2013 2013 / 2014 2014 / 2015 2015 / 2016 2016 / 2017 2017 / 2018
Distinction 25% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Merit 50% 80% 50% 0% 0% 0%
Pass 0% 20% 25% 0% 100% 100%
No award 25% 0% 25% 0% 0% 0%
Total 100% 100% 100% 0% 100% 100%


Final Awards 2012 / 2013 2013 / 2014 2014 / 2015 2015 / 2016 2016 / 2017 2017 / 2018
Distinction 28.5% 14.5% 40% 100% 0% 0%
Merit 28.5% 71% 60% 0% 0% 66.7%
Pass 14.5% 14.5% 0% 0% 0% 33.3%
No award 28.5% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Total 100% 100% 100% 100% 0% 100%

 NCFE Vocational Language Courses:

Final Awards 2012 / 2013 2013 / 2014 2014 / 2015 2015 / 2016 2016 / 2017
Achieved 87% 92% 97% 95% 97%
Not Achieved 13% 8% 3% 5% 3%
Total 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%