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University of Bath

Learn German 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 on for you.

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Develop your language and intercultural skills

Course Levels

We offer three levels in German, Complete Beginner, Lower Intermediate Part 1 and Advanced Part 1.

Complete Beginner

This level is suitable for those who have never studied German 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 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 Part 1

Enrol in this course if you:

  • have some previous knowledge of German (completed the Beginner’s course with us and/or have a GCSE or similar qualification).

Or if you:

  • have covered elementary grammar (and are familiar with the Perfect Tense)
  • can understand classroom instructions
  • can take part in a basic factual conversation on a predictable topic such as hotel transactions or ordering food and drinks
  • can write short texts about everyday topics (likes and dislikes, where you live etc)
  • can talk about your/others studies and work

Advanced Part 1

Enrol in this course if you:

  • have a high level of proficiency in German and/or have lived in a German-speaking country.

Or if you:

  • are 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 engaging in a variety of speaking, listening and writing activities.
  • can express yourself fluently in German
  • can understand complex spoken or written German with ease, including different registers
  • can use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes
  • are able to debate on complex issues
  • are familiar with more intricate aspects of the language, such as particles or indirect speech


The Autumn Term will start on 30 September and enrolments will be open for members the of public and staff on 15 July. To enrol, you should select from the appropriate link below:

Independent Language Learning

Members of the public and University 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.