University of Bath

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 two levels in Japanese, Complete Beginner and Lower Intermediate Part 1. Please contact us if:

  • you have passed GCSE, AS, A2, JLPT N5, N4, N3, N2 and/or N1 tests
  • you are able to speak fluently (even though you are not confident at reading and writing)
  • you have a Japanese family background
  • you have lived in Japan in the past

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 talk about every day topics, such as: self-introduction, family, useful phrases (greetings, when shopping and at a restaurant)
  • be able to read and write simple texts in Japanese using the Japanese alphabet (Hiragana and some Kanji)
  • 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, have some knowledge of Japanese and/or have a GCSE or similar qualification.

Or if you can:

  • greet people, introduce yourself and ask simple questions
  • talk about your daily routine
  • talk about the weather
  • describe people
  • have a good knowledge of Japanese pronunciation

Enrolment

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.