German adult learning courses

Enrolment for autumn term 2024

  • 9am on Thursday 18 July - Enrolments open for languages, dance, exercise and games, cookery and nutrition, counselling, psychology, history and culture, lipreading, family learning, work skills and IT.
  • 9am on Tuesday 23 July - Passport to Wellbeing

About this subject


Do you want to speak to family and friends in another language? Perhaps you are going on holiday and want to be able to order in a restaurant? Or maybe you just fancy a new challenge?

German is recognised as one of Europe's most useful business languages thanks to the Germany's status as an economic powerhouse. But it's also spoken in Austria, Switzerland and even some parts of Italy, making German an ideal language for business gurus and mountaineers alike!

Our courses run over a period of weeks for a term three times a year from September to July plus short courses at the start of summer.

Enrolments open each term in March, July and November. If courses have already started you may still be able to join so please contact us.

If courses are full please sign up to our newsletter to hear when enrolments open again.

Course levels

We offer German courses from beginner to intermediate level, in line with Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages. Each level is split into termly modules that will help you progress at your own pace.

Our experienced tutors will tailor the course to ensure that every learner reaches their own language learning goals.

  • Our beginners language courses are designed to get you speaking the language from day one. You will also have the chance to practise your listening, reading and writing skills, and learn some essential grammar.
  • Our Intermediate language courses aim to build your language skills by introducing you to more complex grammar and vocabulary that will help you to freely discuss a range of topics.

German courses

All of our language courses are mapped against the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages. For 2023 to 2024, we have changed how we name our courses to better reflect the CEFR levels and help learners understand where they are in their language learning journey.

Each course spans two to three years and is arranged into termly modules. If you are unsure which level is right for you, please refer to the table here or complete our online self-assessment form below.

Our course levels CEFR Level Number of hours of prior
learning you should have
had to join the first module
of this level
Beginners (Modules 1 to 3) A1 Beginner 0
Beginners (Modules 4 to 6) A1 Beginner 50
Beyond Beginners| (Modules 1 to 3) A2 Elementary 100
Beyond Beginners (Modules 4 to 6) A2 Elementary 150
Lower intermediate (Modules 1 to 3) B1 Intermediate 200
Lower intermediate (Modules 4 to 6) B1 Intermediate 250
Intermediate (Modules 1 to 3) B1 Intermediate 300
Intermediate (Modules 4 to 6) B1 Intermediate 350
Intermediate (Modules 7 to 10) B2 Upper Intermediate 400
Upper intermediate (Modules 1 to 3) B2 Upper Intermediate 450
Upper intermediate (Modules 4 to 6) B2 Upper Intermediate 500
Upper intermediate (Modules 7 to 9) B2 Upper Intermediate 550

Self assessment

Complete our languages self assessment form to help you to choose the right language level.

Self assessment form

Fees and discounts

We have a range of discounts and support with fees available, including money off your first course if you are a library member, a Surrey Heritage user, or over the age of 66.

Please note: Your tutor will also advise you of any required course books, which typically cost £15 to £30. They will also be able to recommend other optional resources that you may find useful for your learning.

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