• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
This Language Studies (Honours) course at The Open University UK allows you to study two modern languages – from French, German and Spanish – or to combine one of them with English. You can even include some Italian or Chinese.

About

Learning a language and about how languages work (including English) opens doors to other cultures and communities, and gives you experience of the world that goes deeper than the average tourist trip. 

It can also provide a key to the global workplace. By the end of your studies, 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.

Key features of the 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

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.

Other careers

Employers in all fields value applicants who can communicate well, analyse, evaluate and present ideas and arguments effectively. These skills can be used in work where research or written communication plays a major part such as information work, advertising, marketing, journalism, publishing and public relations.

Many graduate-level jobs are open to graduates of any discipline, particularly in business, finance, management consultancy and the public sector. Some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree. Linguists are particularly adept at relating to other people and being open to different points of view which are highly regarded skills in many professional settings. 

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
    • Duration description
      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
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introducing English language studies
  • Bon départ: beginners' French
  • Rundblick: beginners' German
  • Portales: beginners' Spanish 
  • Exploring languages and cultures
  • English for academic purposes online
  • Andante: beginners' Italian 
  • Beginners' Chinese

              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.

                Schedule IELTS

                StudyPortals Tip: The UK government has confirmed new English-language testing requirements for visa and immigration purposes. Learn more

              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.
              • Access to a computer with broadband internet access, which will be vital for online learning.

              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

                6024 GBP/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 18072 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
              • EU/EEA

                6024 GBP/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 18072 GBP for the full programme 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.
              Current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £6,024.

              Funding

              Check the programme website for information about funding options.

              StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

              The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

              Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.