Skip to main content

Learn French with the Skills Centre as a member of the public or University staff

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

Two students writing in a French class
Develop your language and intercultural skills

We offer various levels in French, from beginner to upper intermediate.

Post Beginner

This level is suitable for those who have completed the complete beginner course with Foreign Languages and/or:

  • can understand classroom language
  • can introduce myself and others
  • can ask and answer simple questions
  • are confident when using the present tense
  • can produce sentences in the negative form
  • can express likes and dislikes

Elementary Part 2

Enrol in this course if you:

  • have some previous knowledge of French and/or completed a beginner course in the past, or the Elementary part 1 course
  • can understand touristic information and describe a place/town
  • can use the near future tense with ‘aller’
  • can use the present tense, including irregular verbs like 'pouvoir', 'vouloir', 'savoir', and 'connaître'
  • can understand simple job advertisements

Lower Intermediate Part 2

Enrol on this course if you have some knowledge of French (completed the lower intermediate part 1 course with Foreign Languages and/or have a GCSE or similar qualification), or if you can:

  • express an opinion
  • compare things such as various types of accommodation
  • understand short recordings on everyday life, delivered in relatively slow pace, standard dialect French
  • recognise past tenses (passé composé and imparfait)
  • write short texts

Intermediate Part 2

Enrol on this course if you:

  • have completed the intermediate part 1 with Foreign Languages and/or have an AS level or equivalent in French and are able to interact in French in common social situations with a degree of flexibility
  • can express opinions and engage in conversation on a number of non-abstract topics, and participate in a debate
  • can write a CV and understand and answer questions for a job interview
  • have the necessary vocabulary to talk about travelling and the environment
  • can use a range of tenses to express present, past and future, as well as the conditional and the subjunctive at a basic level
  • can understand the gist and some detail of recorded or broadcast audio material on topics of personal and general interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear and delivered in standard dialect

Upper Intermediate Part 2

Enrol on this course if you have completed the upper intermediate part 1 with Foreign Languages and/or have an A level or equivalent in French, or if you:

  • are already able to communicate in a number of less predictable situations, including some more abstract topic areas
  • can navigate comfortably between a wide range of tenses and moods, including the conditional for hypothesis and you know when to use the subjunctive at a basic level
  • can talk or write about topics of personal and general interest such as work, study, leisure and health
  • can write with a good level of accuracy
  • can speak with reasonably good fluency and without notes
  • can understand the gist and some detail of recorded or broadcast audio material on topics of personal and general interest such as work, study, leisure and on current affairs when the delivery is clear and delivered in standard dialect

Outside the classroom, we also share cultural events organised by French associations in the UK such as the Institut Français and Alliance Française with our students. These events offer additional opportunities for you to develop your knowledge of French language and culture.

Enrolment

The Spring term will start week on 13 February 2023 and enrolments will be open for members the of public and staff on 9 January. To enrol, please choose the appropriate link below:

Enquiries

If you have any questions, please contact us.