University of Bath

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.

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Course Levels

We offer five levels in French, from Complete Beginner to Advanced.

A description of each course level can be found below. If after reading it, you are still unsure which level to enrol, scroll down to the bottom of the page and take our placement test.

Complete Beginner

This level is suitable for those who have never studied French before.

At the end of this course you will:

  • have had an introduction to the language (pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar)
  • be confident in talking about every day topics, such as: greetings, nationalities and countries, numbers, shopping, accommodation, travel and directions, everyday life, leisure, house and home
  • have learnt about the culture of the countries where French is spoken

Elementary Part 1

Enrol in this course if you:

  • have some previous knowledge of French and/or completed a Beginner course in the past.

Or if you:

  • can count at least up to 50 and know the French alphabet
  • can understand basic classroom instructions
  • can give simple information about yourself (age, nationality, likes and dislikes etc)
  • have a grasp of simple grammar rules (present tense, personal pronouns, adjectives etc)
  • ask questions

Intermediate Part 1

Enrol on this course if you:

  • have completed the Lower Intermediate level with us and/or have an AS level or equivalent in French.

Or if you:

  • 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
  • can understand straightforward written texts on familiar matters such as accommodation and health
  • can use comparatives
  • can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters such as home, family, the environment and health
  • can talk about events which happened in the past using the passé compose and the imperfect tenses

Upper Intermediate Part 1

Enrol on this course if you:

  • have completed the Intermediate level with us 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
  • 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

Advanced Part 1

Enrol on this course if you:

  • have a very sound knowledge of grammar
  • can express yourself reasonably fluently
  • can produce extended pieces of writing
  • can present an argument convincingly and take part in debates
  • can analyse complex texts
  • can understand authentic broadcasts

Placement Test

If you are unsure which level to enrol on, you can take the following placement tests:

Self-assessment French test for members of the public

Self-assessment French test for members of staff

Once you have completed the test you will be directed to the correct enrolment page.

Enrolment

The Autumn Term will start on 30 September and enrolment for members of staff and public are now open. To enrol, you should select from the appropriate link below:

University staff

Member of the general public

Independent Language Learning

Members of the public and staff 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.