University of Bath

Learn French with the Skills Centre if you are a University of Bath student

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

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Develop your language and intercultural skills

Course Levels

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

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 al 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)
  • can ask questions

Lower Intermediate Part 1

Enrol on this course if you:

  • have some previous knowledge of French (completed the Beginner and Elementary courses with us and/or have a GSCE or similar qualification).

Or if you can:

  • understand isolated phrases that relate to areas of high personal relevance (like personal or family information, shopping, immediate environment, work etc)
  • recognise the difference between the present and the past tenses
  • express simple opinions
  • give an account of your daily routine
  • write short texts about everyday topics

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

Preparation for DELF Exam (B1 level)

We can support you to gain an official certification issued by the French Ministry of Education. Our preparation course will be useful to you if you are planning to sit the DELF B1 exam CEFR B1. This might be essential if you are planning to live or work in a French speaking country or if you want your CV to stand out from the crowd, as it is an internationally recognised proof of your language level.

You will enrol on our 22-week course over two semesters and we will offer:

  • 2 hour classes per week where your teacher will prepare you for the speaking and listening part of the exam
  • online material for self-study (grammar, vocabulary learning, past papers etc.)
  • individual support for reading and writing exams including correction of and feedback on past papers
  • interactive activities to do before and after classes
  • the opportunity to join a PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) session per week

Once you have completed the course, you can take the examination in one of the registered centres listed below.

DELF centres in the United Kingdom


The Autumn Term will start on 30 September. Enrolments for University of Bath students will be open on 23 September. Please revisit this page on 23 September when you will be able to enrol yourself on the course of your choice through the link below.

Independent Language Learning

University 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.