What level am I?

All of our five languages (French, German, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish) can be studied at varying levels. Some of our languages are just available at beginner level such as Mandarin, and some are available all the way up to advanced level such as Spanish.

The table below shows which languages are available to study at each level:

Level of language courses offered
LevelFrenchGermanJapaneseMandarinSpanish
Beginners - Route A ✓ 
Intermediate - Route B n/a
Advanced - Route C ✓  n/a n/a

Most students start learning a language in their first year of study, however, it is possible to start a language in the second or final year of your course on consultation with the University's languages department.

Levels of study

There are three levels of difficulty to study languages at: beginner, intermediate and advanced level. The languages class that you will join will be determined by your prior experience.

  • Beginner - no prior knowledge/less than GCSE grade C
  • Intermediate - GCSE grade A* - C or AS Level grades D or E or equivalent
  • Advanced - A2 Level pass or equivalent

If your ability in a particular language is greater than the advanced level entry requirements (e.g. you are fluent), then you will not be able to study that particular language at the University. However, you may choose to study a different language instead. We reserve the right to assess your language level on arrival and you may be advised to attend an alternative route.

For example:

  • If you have a GCSE in Spanish at grade B, you will qualify for intermediate level.
  • If you have a GCSE in German at grade C or above, you are only eligible for intermediate level.
  • If you have an A2 Level in Japanese, you are not eligible to take Japanese, as we don't offer it at advanced level.
  • Likewise, if you have a GCSE in Mandarin at grade C, you are not eligible to take Mandarin.
  • If you have lived in a French speaking country and studied in French at secondary school level, you are not eligible to take French as you have already achieved an advanced proficiency.
  • If you are a native/near native speaker but without any developed skills in writing the language, you are still not eligible to take a class in that language.

How will I study?

Languages at the University of Hertfordshire are taught in a mixture of interactive lectures, small group seminars and language lab sessions.

All languages are studied as a minor (25%) component of a course that will be paired with another subject from either the Hertfordshire Business School or the School of Humanities and Joint Honours.

Subjects that can be combined with a language are listed below under their respective subject area/school of study:

Different levels of study

Find out more about our different language levels of study (routes) from Dr. Agustín Rico-Albero, Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Film at the University of Hertfordshire, in the video below: