University of Bath

Learn Spanish with the Skills Centre

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

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Course Levels

We offer seven 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

Post Beginner

Enrol on this course if you:

  • have completed the Complete Beginner course with FL.

Or if you can:

  • use basic structures and vocabulary to interact with others
  • introduce yourself (nationalities, occupation etc.)
  • describe a house using demonstrative adjectives and prepositions of place
  • talk about your daily routine
  • use the verbs llamarse, tener, estar and haber in the present tense

Elementary Part 2

Enrol on this course if you:

  • have some notions in Spanish and/or completed the Elementary Part 1 level with us, completed a Beginner’s course in the past.

Or if you:

  • can count at least up to 100 and can provide details about yourself (age, nationality, occupation etc.)
  • can understand basic classroom instructions
  • can talk about your town and family
  • have a grasp of simple grammar rules (present tense, personal pronouns, adjectives etc.)
  • can talk about travelling (means of transport)

Lower Intermediate Part 2

Enrol on this course if you:

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

Or if you can:

  • ask and answer questions
  • describe what you do in your free time
  • express preferences and opinions (verb gustar)
  • use the preterite and present perfect and contrast the two
  • understand news articles adapted for this level

Intermediate Part 2

Enrol on this course if you:

  • have completed the Intermediate Part 1 level with us, have an AS level or equivalent in Spanish.

Or if you can:

  • interact in Spanish in common social 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 and you can recognise Present Subjunctive
  • talk about the environment
  • understand news reports

Upper Intermediate Part 2

Enrol in this course if you:

  • have completed the Intermediate level with us, 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 and moods
  • 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
  • discuss about various topics that you can research independently

Advanced Part 2

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.

Enrolment

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:

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