University of Bath

Learn German with the Skills Centre

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 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

Enrol in this course if you:

  • have completed the Beginner levels with us, have a GCSE or are at A1 level in the CEFR

You can also enrol on this course if you:

  • have some previous knowledge of German

  • 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)

  • can talk about your studies and work


Enrol on this course if you:

  • have completed the Lower Intermediate level with us, have an AS level or are at A2 level in the CEFR

You can also enrol on this course if you:

  • can understand straightforward written texts on familiar topics such as friendship, housing, free time activities

  • can write your opinion on current issues

  • can talk about German culture

  • have a solid understanding of grammar such as tenses, word order and declension

Upper Intermediate

Enrol on this course if you:

  • you have completed the Intermediate level with us, have an A level or are at B1 in the CEFR

You can also enrol on this course if you:

  • can communicate in a number of less predictable situations, including some more abstract topic areas

  • can navigate comfortably between a wide range of tenses

  • have a good understanding 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


Enrol in this course if you:

  • have completed the Upper Intermediate level with us, are proficient in German or if you lived in a German speaking country or are at B2/C1 in the CEFR

To enrol on this course you should:

  • be able to express yourself fluently in German

  • be able to understand complex spoken or written German with ease, including different registers

  • be able to use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes

  • be able to debate on complex issues

  • be familiar with more intricate aspects of the language, such as particles or indirect speech


The Autumn Term will start in October and enrolments will open on 18 July 2018 for Member of Public and Staff and 1 October for students. To enrol, you should select from the appropriate link for you below:

Independent Language Learning

University students or staff members 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.