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Learn Japanese 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 one for you.

Students in an Advanced Japanese Class
Develop your language and intercultural skills

Course Levels

We offer four levels of 10-week Japanese courses over the whole academic year:

  • Complete Beginner (Semester 1)
  • Post Beginner (Semester 2)
  • Lower Intermediate Part 1 (Semester 1)
  • Lower Intermediate Part 2 (Semester 2).

Descriptions of our semester 1 levels can be found below.

The aim of each course is to give some knowledge of the Japanese language, so that you will be able to communicate in everyday settings using all 4 skills (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing).

Please contact us if you have already passed GCSE, AS, A2, JLPT N5, N4, N3, N2 and/or N1. You should also contact us if you are able to speak fluently, even if you are not confident at reading and writing, or if you have lived in Japan in the past. The detailed entry guidelines (level check list) and Schemes of Work for each course are also available.

Complete Beginner

You should enrol on the Complete Beginner if you have never studied Japanese before, or you just know a few words or phrases. This course is not suitable for those who have studied Japanese before.

At the end of this course, you will:

  • have received an introduction to the language (pronunciation, vocabulary and basic grammar)
  • be able to use greetings and useful phrases
  • be able to introduce yourself and family (e.g. name, nationality, age, occupation, hobbies, likes and dislikes and describing people)
  • be able to use the Japanese alphabets (Hiragana and some Kanji)
  • be able to understand simple written and spoken texts in Japanese
  • have been introduced to some aspects of Japanese culture, traditional customs and habits in Japan

Lower Intermediate Part 1

You can enrol on this course if you:

  • have completed the Post Beginner course with us, are at the A1 level of the CEFR or are at a similar level.

Or if you can:

  • speak confidently about everyday topics such as: daily routines, hobbies and interests, abilities and talents, past experiences and events, and future plans using some complex grammar structures
  • express thoughts and opinions
  • discuss some aspects of Japanese culture, traditional customs, and habits in Japan
  • read and write Hiragana and Katakana fluently


The Autumn Term will start on 11 October 2021 and enrolments will be open for members of the public and staff on 13 September. To enrol, you should select from the appropriate link below:


If you have any questions, please contact us.