University of Bath

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

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

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Course Levels

We offer five levels in German from Complete Beginner to Advanced.

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 level 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 drink
  • can write short texts about everyday topics (likes and dislikes, where you live etc)
  • talk about the studies and work of yourself and others

Intermediate Part 1

Enrol in this course if you:

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

Or if you:

  • can interact in German in common social situations with a degree of flexibility
  • can understand straightforward written texts on familiar topics such as friendship, housing, free time activities
  • can write to give your opinion on current issues
  • can talk about German culture
  • have an appropriate grasp of grammar, such as tenses, word order and declension

Upper Intermediate Part 1

Enrol in this course if you:

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

Or if you:

  • already communicate in a number of less predictable situations, including some more abstract topic areas
  • can navigate comfortably between a range of tenses
  • have a good grasp of grammar, including the Passive and the Subjunctive
  • can produce written output responding to different written and aural sources
  • can write German with a good level of accuracy, including the use of more complex structures
  • can deliver a speech with reasonably good fluency and without notes

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

Enrolment

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

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