Achieving Success

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 present evidence of your language and academic level or professional background prior to 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 Element 2 and twice a term on business English (IBC) 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


Grading of MLS' Higher National Units (HNC/HND)

The grading of 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.  A pass is awarded for the achievement of all outcomes against the specified assessment criteria provided by Edexcel.  Merit and distinction grades are awarded for higher-level achievement.  The merit and distinction grade descriptors provided by Edexcel 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.