• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
This certificate of Higher Education in Language Studies at The Open University UK offers a flexible introduction to the study of languages, introduces you to key concepts in language learning, and develops your study skills. 
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Overview

You can choose French, German, Italian1 and Spanish at beginners’ and intermediate levels, and Chinese (Mandarin)1 at beginners’ level or you can increase your knowledge and skills in using English for academic study.

By the end of the Higher Education in Language Studies course at The Open University UK , you’ll have moved well beyond the basics in at least one of your chosen languages.

Key features of the course

  • Develops you into an independent user (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level B1) of at least one modern language
  • Introduces you to the cultures that use your chosen languages
  • Extends your competence in intercultural communication
  • Builds a solid foundation for studying languages at more advanced levels

Career relevance

Languages and intercultural skills are key assets in tourism, international business and administration, and the diplomatic service. They are also highly valued by employers in a wide range of other sectors, who place a premium on the ability to make contact and communicate with global trade partners and to understand overseas business environments – and who often acknowledge this with higher salaries. 

According to the National Centre for Languages, knowing foreign languages opens the doors to a wide range of economic, social and personal benefits. Being able to communicate effectively with our customers, colleagues and business partners is critical to competitiveness and social cohesion. The languages most in demand in UK industry are French, German, Spanish and Mandarin, though knowledge of any other language will also give you the edge.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      Full time – 1 to 2 years

    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      Time limit – 7 years

  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Bon depart: beginners' French
  • Rundblick: beginners' German
  • Portales: beginners' Spanish
  • Andante: beginners' Italian 
  • Beginners' Chinese 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

  • There’s a choice of starting points in your chosen modern language(s) – your choice will depend on your current level of confidence and proficiency. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6024 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6024 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6024 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6024 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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