Language courses

Extra-curricular language courses for Bayes undergraduates

For undergraduates studying at Bayes Business School, we offer language courses in addition to your degree.

The courses will develop your linguistic abilities in a business context by consolidating language skills, expanding vocabulary, developing listening comprehension and improving speaking ability.

At the Business School we recognise that graduates with language skills are better able to compete in a competitive job market. We work in conjunction with City, University of London's Centre for Language Studies to offer the languages that are most frequently requested by recruiters.

Languages and levels offered

  • Arabic: Beginner
  • French: Beginner, Lower-intermediate, Upper-intermediate, Advanced
  • German: Beginner, Lower-intermediate, Upper-intermediate, Advanced
  • Mandarin: Beginner, Lower-intermediate
  • Japanese: Beginner, Lower-intermediate
  • Spanish: Beginner, Lower-intermediate, Upper-intermediate, Advanced

The courses will only run if there is sufficient demand.

What level am I ?

All our courses are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).  This is only a general guide – lecturers will adapt their programme to the linguistic level of the students in the class.

LevelUK Qualification (starting level)Starting LevelEuropean Level (CEFR) *working towards
BeginnerNo prior knowledge necessary No knowledge, apart form a few wordsA1
Lower intermediatePre-GCSE, or rusty GCSEBasic understanding of language A2
Upper intermediateGood GCSE, rusty ASGood understanding of languageB1
AdvancedA-levelComfortable use of language B2


Classes are delivered for 2 hours per week during term-time.

Teaching style and assessment

During the classes you will be taught in a variety of ways, including: lectures, group work, work with a partner and short presentations. In self-study time, you will be expected to read, listen to the language and use methods to learn more about the culture in which your chosen language is spoken.

Module assessment is 100% coursework. You will also have the opportunity to complete an online language portfolio during your course.

On successful completion of your language course, you will receive a certificate to demonstrate your level of proficiency.


Each course is completed over one full academic year.


For courses that are above ‘Beginner’ level, you will be asked to complete a diagnostic test so we can establish your competency in your chosen language. Applications for 2023/24 are now open.

Register your interest in a language course for 2023/24.

The deadline for your registering your interest is 13.00 on Friday 29th September 2023.

If a course is oversubscribed, we use 'lottery system' to award a place. Find more information about what happens if a course is oversubscribed here.

Further information

If you have any questions relating to the provision or content of extra-curricular language courses, please contact [email protected]