Course summary

Whether you're taking your first steps to learn another language or are at an advanced level, our courses will help you to communicate confidently in your chosen language. 

Our interactive online courses provide real-time lessons with an expert tutor to practise speaking and listening. You will also have the flexibility of an online course. Access to all multimedia learning resources is included.

Our Beginner Russian courses start in September and January.

Who is this class for?

Russian Beginner is the first exposure to the language, allowing you to start to communicate.

The course is made up of three parts. If you're an absolute beginner, you should start with Part 1. For those who've done some study before, you may be able to join Part 2 or Part 3 directly – contact us if you're unsure of your level by using the details at the bottom of the page.

Discounts and offers

We are now offering a 36% discount on our Beginner level Evening Language Course fees to University of Westminster alumni, students and University of Westminster staff. Sign up now to start your new journey with us.

January start

You can book:

  • Part 3 for £250 (£280 after 16 May)*

Terms and conditions

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Course structure

Our beginner's course is made up of three parts, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Each part builds on what you've learnt previously.

At the beginner level:

  • Part 1 is for you if you have no or little previous knowledge of Russian
  • Part 2 is for you if you have completed Part 1, or if you have studied Russian for about 20 hours
  • Part 3 is for you if you have completed Parts 1 and 2, or if you have studied Russian for about 40 hours

You can skip Part 1 and proceed straight to joining Part 2 or 3 if you have prior experience. If you’re not sure of your level, email us via the contact details at the bottom of this page.

If you can't see the part you need in the booking table, please check back, as we add more dates throughout the year.


Our Russian lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations, with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Please note that the distribution of course content across terms may vary from year to year. This is due to the variable length of terms in different academic years. There may also be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students’ interests.

Learning resources

We will use Ruslan Russian 1 Course Book and Ruslan Russian 1 Workbook throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying the books.

You can join Part 1, 2 or 3 of the course depending on your prior experience.

In Part 1 of the Russian Beginners course, you'll cover the following topics and grammar:


In this term, we will cover:

  • personal introductions, courtesies, greetings
  • the Cyrillic alphabet
  • at the airport
  • professions
  • numbers 0–10
  • asking for and giving directions
  • the family


You will learn:

  • genders of nouns
  • the nominative, accusative and genitive cases nouns in the singular
  • personal pronouns in the nominative, accusative and genitive cases in the singular and plural (я - меня, ты - тебя, мы - нас etc.)
  • possessive pronouns (мой, твой etc)
  • verbs – infinitives, the first conjugation in the present tense and imperatives
  • demonstrative pronouns (этот, тот)
  • the expressions ‘my name is…’ and ‘I have…’ in the present tense

Part 2 builds on what you learnt in Part 1, covering the following topics and grammar:


In this term, we will cover:

  • travelling, countries, nationalities and languages
  • months of the year
  • in the hotel
  • days of the week
  • in the restaurant – food and drinks
  • interests and hobbies
  • numbers 10–1000 and above


You will learn:

  • infinitive forms and the past tense
  • verbs – infinitives and the second conjugation of verbs in the present tense
  • irregular verbs любить ‘to like’, есть ‘to eat’, пить ‘to drink’, мочь ‘to be able’/‘can’
  • adjectives – full and short forms in the nominative case, noun-adjective agreement
  • the prepositional case for nouns in the singular and for personal pronouns in the singular and
  • plural (на столе, о тебе, в них etc.)
  • the accusative and prepositional cases denoting time
  • nouns with uncommon endings (время, дочь etc.)

Part 3 is the final level of the Russian Beginners course, and covers the following topics and grammar:


In this term, we will cover:

  • town where you live
  • telling the time and time zones in Russia
  • phone conversations
  • at the theatre and cinema – theatre productions and films, musical instruments
  • mass media and the internet
  • sports
  • houses and flats in Russia, countryside houses, accommodation


You will learn:

  • impersonal constructions and adverbs (интересно, хорошо etc.)
  • the nominative, accusative and genitive cases of nouns in the plural
  • verbs of motion – ’to go on foot’ and ‘to go by transport’ (идти – ходить, ехать – ездить)
  • reflexive verbs, including the intransitive verb ‘to like’ (встретиться, нравиться etc.)
  • the dative case of nouns in the singular
  • the instrumental case for nouns in the singular
  • the dative and instrumental cases for personal pronouns in the singular and plural


October start

Part 1 of this course is now closed, but will be running again in autumn 2021. Bookings for Part 1 will open in June 2021.

January start

Bookings close on Sunday 13 June 2021, so make sure you don’t miss out!

The early bird discount price is available if the course is booked by 16 May 2021*

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How we're delivering courses

This course is delivered in an online, virtual classroom, where you'll benefit from live, face-to-face engagement with experienced language teachers.

Wherever you are in the world, you'll become part of the University of Westminster's global community. You can be assured of a warm welcome here, where your wellbeing, the quality of our teaching and your learning experience are our priorities.

We arrange online Meet the Teacher sessions three weeks before our courses start where you can discuss your language level, meet our teachers and find out more about our courses. If you're interested, please register via this form and we'll contact you with further information.

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Looking for another language or level?

If we don't currently offer the language or level you're looking for, please register your interest with us, and we will get in touch if the course becomes available.

Course dates

October intake

  • Part 1: 05 October – 11 December 2020
  • Part 2: 18 January – 26 March 2021
  • Part 3: 12 April – 28 June 2021*
  • Part 3: 12 April – 18 June 2021 **

* For courses running on Mondays only (No classes on Bank Holiday Monday 3 May 2021 and Monday 31 May 2021)

**For courses running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only

January intake

Part 1: 18 January – 26 March 2021
Part 2: 12 April – 18 June 2021
Part 3: 21 June – 23 July 2021*

*Classes in Part 3 run twice a week

January start is for selected languages only.