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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 2 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.

Post Beginner

This course is suitable if you have completed the Complete Beginner course with us, or you are at a similar level.

At the end of Post Beginner course, you will:

  • be able to talk about everyday topics, such as: daily routines, weekend and holiday plans and experiences, and introducing your hometown
  • be able to use some phrases for weather, shopping and at a restaurant
  • be able to use the Japanese alphabets (Hiragana and Katakana) and some Kanji
  • be able to understand short written and spoken texts in Japanese.
  • have been introduced to some aspects of Japanese culture, traditional customs and habits in Japan

Lower Intermediate Part 2

This course is suitable if you have completed the Lower Intermediate Part 1 Course with us, or you are at a similar level. Alternatively, you can join this course if you have a GCSE in Japanese or are at A1/A2 level in the CEFR.

At the end of Lower Intermediate Part 2 course, you will be able to:

  • talk confidently about everyday topics such as: fashion, weather forecasts and your health and well-being using some complex grammar structures
  • understand and follow instructions, including directions and during emergencies
  • speak about a variety of subjects in formal and informal ways
  • read, write, listen to, and understand short texts, including both fiction and non-fiction
  • discuss details within your field of interest
  • discuss some aspects of culture, traditional customs, and habits in Japan and other countries


Enrolment for the Semester 2 2021/22 courses is now closed.

Enrolment for the Semester 1 2022/23 courses will open in September 2022.


If you have any questions, please contact us.