University of Bath

Learn German at the Foreign Languages Centre

Find out about our courses and how to enrol on the right on for you.

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Develop your language and intercultural skills

Course Levels

We offer five levels in German, from Beginner to Advanced.

Beginner

You should enrol on this course if you have a basic knowledge of German. This level is not suitable for those who have never studied German before. If you are a complete beginner, contact us.

At the end of this course, you will:

  • have had an introduction to the language (pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar)

  • be confident in talking about a variety of topics, such as: family, free time, shopping and work

  • have learnt about the culture of the countries where German is spoken

Lower intermediate

You should enrol on this course if you have completed the Beginners level with us. Alternatively, you can join this course if you have a GCSE or are at A1 level in the CEFR.

At the end of this course, you will be able:

  • to express opinions and engage in conversation on a number of familiar topics

  • to understand simple written texts on familiar matters

  • to write short texts on familiar topics

Intermediate

You should enrol on this course if you have completed the Lower Intermediate level with us. Alternatively, you can join this course if you have an AS level or are at A2 level in the CEFR.

At the end of this course, you will be able:

  • to express opinions and engage in spoken activities related to a wide range of topics

  • to understand relatively long and complex written texts

  • to produce relatively elaborate text with a good level of accuracy

Upper intermediate

You should enrol on this course if you have completed the Intermediate level with us. Alternatively, you can join this course if you have an A level or are at B1 in the CEFR.

At the end of this course, you will be able:

  • to express yourself fluently in German

  • to understand complex spoken or written German with ease, including different registers

  • to use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes

Advanced

You should enrol on this course if you have completed the Upper Intermediate level with us. Alternatively, you should be proficient in German: you might have lived in a German speaking country, for instance, or be at B2/C1 in the CEFR.

If you attend this course you will be able to practise German on a weekly basis by working with complex written materials (including advanced grammar and idioms), often of an abstract nature, and to engage in a variety of speaking and listening activities.

Enrolment

The Summer Term will start on 8 May and enrolments are now open. To enrol, you should select the appropriate link for you below:

Summer Term

New students are welcome at the beginning of each term, so you can join a course even if you have not studied with us before, provided you are at the right level.

Independent Language Learning

Our students can access independent language learning resources including films, books, and online resources to help you build your knowledge and language skills from the Language Learning Zone.