University of Bath

Learn Japanese with the Skills Centre

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 three levels in Japanese: Complete Beginner, Post Beginner and Lower Intermediate Part 2. 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 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 alphabets (Hiragana) and some Kanji
  • have been introduced to some aspects of Japanese culture, traditional customs and habits in Japan

Post Beginner

You can enrol on this course if you:

  • have completed the Complete Beginner course with us or/and I have some knowledge of Japanese.

Or if you can:

  • greet people and talk about your nationality
  • count up to 99 (you can say your age and phone number)
  • talk about your studies and hobbies (likes and dislikes)
  • describe your family using I and na-adjectives

Lower Intermediate Part 2

You can enrol on this course if you:

  • have successfully completed the Beginner level with us, have a GCSE or similar qualification.

Or if you:

  • have some knowledge of Japanese
  • have a good knowledge of Japanese pronunciation
  • can greet people, introduce yourself and ask simple questions
  • can talk about the weather
  • know some phrases to use if you go shopping
  • know how to type in Japanese


The Spring Term will start in February and enrolments are now open for member of the public and staff and 28 January 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.