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Learn Spanish 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.

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Course Levels

We teach European Spanish, but some references are made to the other forms of Spanish spoken around the world, especially to Spanish spoken in Latin America.

We offer five levels in Spanish, Complete Beginner, Lower Intermediate Part 1, Intermediate Part 1, Upper Intermediate Part 1 and Advanced Part 1.

A description of each course level can be found below.

Complete Beginner

This level is suitable for those who have never studied Spanish before.

At the end of this course you will:

  • have had an introduction to the language (pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar)
  • be confident in exchanging personal information, daily and leisure activities
  • have learnt about the culture of the countries where Spanish is spoken

Lower Intermediate Part 1

Enrol on this course if you:

  • have some previous knowledge of Spanish (completed the Beginner course with us) and/or have a GCSE or a similar qualification.

Or if you can:

  • greet people and introduce yourself (age, nationality etc)
  • use the present tense and talk about your daily routine (regular, irregular and reflexive verbs)
  • describe members of your family using possessive adjectives
  • understand when people talk about their profession
  • express opinions (likes and dislikes)
  • write short texts about the above topics

Intermediate Part 1

Enrol on this course if you:

  • have completed the Lower Intermediate level with us, have an AS level or equivalent in Spanish.

Or if you can:

  • interact in Spanish in common situations with a degree of flexibility
  • express opinions and engage in conversation on a number of non-abstract topics such as jobs and free time
  • understand straightforward written texts on familiar topics such as travel and facts about society
  • use and understand the past tenses
  • talk about the environment
  • understand the news reports

Upper Intermediate Part 1

Enrol in this course if you:

  • have completed the Intermediate level with us, and/or have an A level or equivalent in Spanish.

Or if you can:

  • communicate in a number of less predictable situations, including some more abstract topic areas
  • navigate comfortably between a wide range of tenses
  • express your opinion about current issues and use the subjunctive
  • formulate hypothesis
  • write with a good level of accuracy
  • deliver a speech with reasonably good fluency and without notes

Advanced Part 1

Enrol in this course if you:

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

Or if you:

  • have a very sound knowledge of grammar
  • can express yourself reasonably fluently
  • can produce extended pieces of writing
  • can present an argument convincingly and take part in debates
  • can analyse complex texts dealing with any topics
  • can understand authentic broadcasts

If you attend this course, you will be able to practise Spanish on a weekly basis by working with complex written materials, including advanced grammar and idioms, often of an abstract nature, and engaging in a variety of speaking and listening activities.


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

University staff

Members of the general public


If you have any questions, please contact us.