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Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
This Diploma 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. You can choose French, German, Italian and Spanish at beginners’ and intermediate levels, and Chinese (Mandarin) at beginners’ level.

About

Key features of the Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies at The Open University UK

  • 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
Skills for career development

This certificate raises your awareness of cultural differences and similarities – a key employability skill when people with different language and cultural backgrounds are increasingly meeting and working together. You’ll develop language skills in at least one modern foreign language and there is also a strong emphasis on communication in our digital age.

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.

Exploring your options

Once you register with us (and for up to three years after you finish your studies), you’ll have full access to our careers service for a wide range of information and advice – including online forums, website, interview simulation, vacancy service as well as the option to email or speak to a careers adviser. 

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 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Full time – 1 to 2 years Time limit – 7 years

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

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

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) depending on your current level of confidence and proficiency. 
  • What you do need is a certain level of English, and to have access to the relevant technology.

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

    5856 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5856 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Funding

Students living outside the UK aren’t normally eligible for a tuition fee loan. We suggest checking with your national government or education authority for advice on funding.

There are a number of scholarship opportunities listed on the Scholarship Portal website.

The site features over 1,000 scholarships listed by country, ranging from the Amelia Earhart Fellowship for Women in Science and Engineering, to a Young Horticulturalist of the Year Award.

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.

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