University of Bath

Learn Spanish with the Skills Centre if you are a University of Bath student

Find out about our courses and how to enrol on the right one for you.

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Course Levels

We offer six levels in Spanish, from Complete Beginner to Advanced. 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.

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

Elementary Part 1

Enrol on this course if you:

  • have some notions of Spanish and/or have completed a Beginner course in the past.

Or if you

  • can count at least up to 100 and know the Spanish alphabet
  • can understand basic classroom instructions
  • can give simple information about yourself (age, nationality, likes and dislikes etc)
  • can ask questions
  • can have a grasp of grammar rules (present tense, personal pronouns, adjectives etc)

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 1 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.

Preparation for DELE Exam (B1 level)

We can support you to gain an official certification issued by Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. Our preparation course will be useful to you if you are planning to sit the DELE B1 exam CEFR B1. This might be essential if you are planning to live or work in a Spanish speaking country or if you want your CV to stand out from the crowd, as it is an internationally recognised proof of your language level.

You will enrol on our 22-week course over two semesters and we will offer:

  • 2 hour classes per week where your teacher will prepare you for the speaking and listening part of the exam
  • online material for self-study (grammar, vocabulary learning, past papers etc.)
  • individual support for reading and writing exams including correction of and feedback on past papers
  • interactive activities to do before and after classes
  • the opportunity to join a PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) session per week

Once you have completed the course, you can take the examination in one of the registered centres listed below.

DELE centres in the United Kingdom


The Autumn Term will start on 30 September. Enrolments for University of Bath students will be open on 23 September. Please revisit this page on 23 September when you will be able to enrol yourself on the course of your choice through the link below.