Japanese

Japanese FlagThere are more than 125 million native speakers of Japanese and, despite the language's apparent complexity, its popularity as a second language is growing (particularly in China, South Korea and Australia).

A knowledge of Japanese can be very useful in all aspects of international trade, finance and banking. Japan is also a popular and fascinating holiday destination, and Japanese culture - from J-pop to J-horror - is now present globally with scores of non-native speakers enjoying Japanese music, films, TV, literature and, of course, comic books.

Japanese Beginners (Level 1)

This is for you if you have no prior knowledge of Japanese (or so little that you effectively want to start again from scratch). You will learn basic skills to enable you to make yourself understood and to find out information in everyday situations.

  • Course: Mondays 6-8pm
    Delivery: On-campus (face-to-face)
    Timeline: Starts 11 October 2021 - Ends 21 March 2022
    Length: 20 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £210 (payable in two termly instalments)
  • Course: Wednesdays 3-5pm
    Delivery: Online
    Timeline: Starts 20 October 2021 - Ends 23 March 2022
    Length: 20 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £210 (payable in two termly instalments)
  • Course: Wednesdays 7-9pm
    Delivery: On-campus (face-to-face)
    Timeline: Starts 20 October 2021 - Ends 23 March 2022
    Length: 20 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £210 (payable in two termly instalments)

How to apply

Fast Track Level 1

This is for you if you have no prior knowledge of Japanese (or so little that you effectively want to start again from scratch). You will learn basic skills to enable you to make yourself understood and to find out information in everyday situations. Fast Track courses enable you to complete the level in just one term, instead of two terms.

  • Course: Saturdays 10am - 2.30pm
    Delivery: On-campus
    Timeline: Starts 16 October 2021 - Ends 18 December 2021
    Length: 10 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £210

How to apply

Japanese Post-beginners (Level 2)

You can already manage in basic situations using the present tense, and you have some knowledge of Hiragana and Katakana. You can already manage in everyday situations using the present tense. You have reached the A1 level in the ELP self-assessment grid and/or completed the Beginners (level 1) Course.

Key information

  • Course: Tuesdays 6-8pm
    Delivery: On-campus (face-to-face)
    Timeline: Starts 12 October 2021 - Ends 22 March 2022
    Lengths: 20 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £210 (payable in two termly instalments)
  • Course: Wednesdays 3-5pm
    Delivery: Online
    Timeline: Starts 13 October 2021 - Ends 23 March 2022
    Lengths: 20 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £210 (payable in two termly instalments)
  • Course: Wednesdays 6-8pm
    Delivery: Online
    Timeline: Starts 13 October 2021 - Ends 23 March 2022
    Lengths: 20 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £210 (payable in two termly instalments)

How to apply

Fast Track Level 2 

You can already manage in basic situations using the present tense, and you have some knowledge of Hiragana and Katakana. You have reached the equivalent to a level A1 in the ELP self-assessment grid and/or completed the Beginners (level 1) Course. Fast Track courses enable you to complete the level in just one term, instead of two terms.

Key information

  • Course: This course is due to start in Term 2 (January 2022)
    Delivery: On-campus (face-to-face)
    Timeline: TBC
    Lengths: 10 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £210

Japanese Intermediate (Level 3)

You are already knowledgeable in Hiragana, Katakana and basic Kanjis. You have reached the A2 level in the ELP self-assessment grid (equivalent to a good grade at GSCE) and/or completed the Post-beginners (level 2) Course.

Key information

  • Course: Mondays 5-7pm
    Delivery: Online
    Timeline: Starts 18 October 2021 - Ends 21 March 2022
    Length: 20 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £240 (payable in two termly instalments)

How to apply

Fast Track Level 3 

You are already knowledgeable in Hiragana, Katakana and basic Kanjis. You have reached the equivalent to a A2 level in the ELP self-assessment grid (equivalent to a good grade at GSCE) and/or completed the Post-beginners (level 2) Course. Fast Track courses enable you to complete the level in just one term, instead of two terms

Key information

  • Course: This course is due to start on Term 3 (April 2022)
    Delivery: On-campus
    Timeline: TBC
    Length: 10 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £240

Japanese Upper-intermediate (Level 4)

This course is for learners who are able to understand Japanese text written in Kana and Kanji with some support. You should be familiar with at least 300 kanji. You are confident when speaking about yourself and can talk about something that you are interested in. You have reached a B1.1 level in the ELP self-assessment grid(equivalent to an A-Level grade F to C) and/or completed the Intermediate (level 3) Course.

Key information

  • Course: Thursdays 5-7pm
    Delivery: Online
    Timeline: Starts 14 October 2021 - Ends 24 March 2022
    Lengths: 20 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £240 (payable in two termly instalments)

How to apply

Japanese Advanced (Level 5)

This course is for learners who are able to understand Japanese text written in Kana and Kanji with some support. You should be familiar with at least 500 kanji. You are confident when speaking about yourself and can talk about something that you are interested in. You have reached the equivalent to a full level B1 on the ELP self-assessment grid (equivalent to an A-Level grade B to A) and/or completed the Upper-Intermediate (level 4) course.

Key information

  • Course: Thursdays 7-9pm
    Delivery: Online
    Timeline: Starts 14 October 2021 - Ends 24 March 2022
    Lengths: 20 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees:  £240 (payable in two termly instalments)

How to apply

Japanese Language Proficiency Test Prep-course - Levels N5 and N4

This 10-week course aims to prepare participants to successfully take the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) at levels N5 and N4. The training intends to further develop and consolidate participants' Japanese language skills in five areas: grammar, vocabulary, kanji, reading comprehension and listening comprehension. Participants taking this course should have completed a Beginners level for JLPT N5 and a Post-beginners level or an Intermediate level for JLPT N4, or equivalent training.

  • Course: TBC
    Delivery: Online
    Timeline: Term 2 (2022)
    Lengths: 10 weeks (30 learning hours)
    Fees: £120 (payable in two termly instalments)

How to apply

Japanese Language Proficiency Test Prep-course - Levels N3, N2 and N1

This 10-week course aims to prepare participants to successfully take the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) at advanced levels N3, N2 and N1. The training intends to further develop and consolidate participants' Japanese language skills in five areas: grammar, vocabulary, kanji, reading comprehension and listening comprehension. Participants taking this course should have completed an Intermediate or Upper-intermediate level for JLPT N3, an Advanced or Post-Advanced level for N2 and a Proficiency level for JLPT N1, or equivalent training.

  • Course: TBC
    Delivery: Online
    Timeline: Term 2 (2022)
    Lengths: 10 weeks (30 learning hours)
    Fees: £120 (payable in two termly instalments)

How to apply