University of Bath

Learn French with the Skills Centre

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

Finding out more about our levels and enrolment dates.

We offer seven 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

Post Beginner

Enrol on this course if you:

  • have completed the Complete Beginner with us.

Or if you:

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

Elementary Part 2

Enrol in this course if you:

  • have completed a full Beginner’s course in the past, or the Elementary Part 1 course.

Or if you can:

  • understand touristic information and describe a place/town
  • use the near future tense with ‘aller’
  • use the present tense, including irregular verbs like POUVOIR, VOULOIR, SAVOIR and CONNAÎTRE
  • understand simple job advertisements

Lower Intermediate Part 2

Enrol on this course if you:

  • completed the Lower Intermediate Part 1 course with FL 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 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, 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 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 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

Advanced Part 2

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

Enrolment

The Spring Term will start in February and enrolments are now open for members the of public and staff and 28 January for students. To enrol, you should select from the appropriate link below:

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