• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
This English Language certificate at The Open University UK explores human communication by focusing on the English language, its history, diversity and flexibility.
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Overview

You’ll learn what distinguishes machine language from human language, and how people adapt and change their ways of communicating in multilingual and multicultural contexts. You’ll investigate how language works with other modes of communication and learn basic language description and analysis. You’ll also explore English as a creative medium to express humour, thoughts and emotions. It’s not, however, designed to teach English to speakers of other languages.

Key features of the English Language certificate at The Open University UK

  • Explores the contemporary diversity of English in the UK and beyond.
  • Introduces debates surrounding the historical and contemporary position of English in relation to other languages.
  • Teaches strategies that promote critical evaluation of texts.
  • Develops you as a competent communicator.
  • Reveals how the English language works, and how the choice of words and grammar affect the message.

Career relevance

Study of the English language requires an understanding of the complexities of communication whether spoken or written. It develops your understanding of communication in an increasingly multilingual world. This makes this qualification relevant to a wide variety of careers, including:

  • Public administration, local government, the civil service, and social services.
  • Advertising, journalism, publishing, creative industries and public relations.
  • Education.
  • Legal work.
  • Business, banking and retail.
  • Human resources.
  • Charities and campaigning.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      Time limit – 7 years

  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introducing English language studies 
  • Exploring languages and cultures
  • English for academic purposes online 
  • Communication skills for business and management
  • Bon départ: beginners' French 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.
  • You don’t need any prior knowledge about the English language to start this qualification. However, it’s not designed to teach the English language to speakers of other languages, so you’ll need adequate reading and writing skills.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6192 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6192 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6192 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6192 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Funding

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