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Language Studies (Honours), B.A.

Language Studies (Honours), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
By the end of the Language Studies (Honours) course at The Open University UK, you’ll understand how language is structured and used in different contexts and be an effective and culturally aware communicator – attributes that are increasingly valuable in today’s global environment.

About

Key features of the Language Studies (Honours) Language Studies (Honours) course at The Open University UK

  • Develops you into a proficient user (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level C1) of at least one modern language
  • Develops advanced knowledge of the cultures that use your chosen languages
  • Extends your competence in intercultural communication
  • Offers the option of a week in France, Germany and/or Spain
  • Enables you to understand how language is structured and used in different contexts

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Skills for career development

By the time you graduate, you’ll be an effective communicator with an awareness of cultural differences and similarities – attributes that are particularly valuable in an environment of increasing international contact. If you learn about English alongside another language, your study of its structure, history, and place in societies and cultures will greatly enrich and develop your understanding of all aspects of communication.

Certain skills flow directly from your studies like translation, fluent communication in more than one language, the ability to compose and analyse a range of texts, and the ability to work well with members of other cultures and communities. You’ll also develop a broad set of employability skills, including the ability to:

  • manage and motivate yourself
  • plan, organise and prioritise your work
  • manage time and work independently and as part of a team
  • evaluate and reflect on your own work
  • set realistic objectives and meet your own goals
  • understand contemporary global issues and appreciate cultural diversity
  • draw together, analyse and critically evaluate information
  • use your knowledge about how language works in a range of settings
  • communicate effectively, clearly and accurately with others
  • put together reasoned arguments and question assumptions
  • use information and communication technology (ICT) effectively
  • analyse data and undertake research using a range of methods.

Career relevance

As a linguist, you’ll enjoy a broad range of career opportunities directly related to your field: teaching; translating; interpreting; the diplomatic service; the media (publishing, journalism and advertising); leisure, tourism and travel; and working in international organisations and government bodies. There is also particular demand for language skills in education and more broadly across the economy in client-facing roles.  These range from business development, sales, marketing, logistics, tourism to supporting and managing performance in global markets, and to offering services (from health and social care to driving instruction) in an increasingly diverse UK.  Studying a language can also be your passport to new life abroad.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      Part time – 6 years Full time – 3 years Time limit – 16 years

  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in French
    • Partially taught in German
    • Partially taught in Spanish
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introducing English language studies
  • French studies 1: language and culture of the French-speaking world
  • German studies 1: language and culture of the German-speaking world
  • Spanish studies 1: language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world
  • Vivace: intermediate Italian
  • Exploring languages and cultures

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study 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. 

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 Applies to you

    5856 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5856 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Our current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £5,856

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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