Key facts

  • Cost: £285
  • Credits: 10


This introductory course will help you to develop basic communication skills in the language. You will learn how to greet people, exchange personal details, talk about yourself and your daily life, and interact in common everyday situations (shops, restaurants, hotels, etc.). You will also be introduced to cultural aspects of the areas where the language is spoken. 

Choose this course if you want to: 

  • Learn basic, familiar everyday expressions and simple phrases in the language. 
  • Be able to exchange personal information and interact in simple common situations. 
  • Have opportunities to practise your skills with other speakers of the language. 

Who is this course for?

This course is recommended for absolute beginners who have had very little or no contact with the language before. In this course, you will be working towards level A1 of the Common European Framework of Languages. 

For more information on our levels and the Common European Framework, please click here  


Course assessment is optional but on successful completion you will obtain 10 credits at Level 1 (SCQF 7). 

Mode of study

Language classes are interactive and collaborative, with plenty of exposure to the language and many opportunities to practise and learn with your peers.  

You will also have access to Moodle, the University’s virtual learning environment, where you will find additional activities for you to practise what you have learnt in class and to extend your knowledge. 


At this elementary level you’ll be able to take part in very simple exchanges in common everyday situations, for example as a visitor in an area where the language is spoken.  

Or you can progress to the next step, Post Beginners A2, to continue to develop your skills in the language 

Find out more

The University holds open days throughout the year where you can meet with staff to discuss our short course provision. Find out more about University of Glasgow open days