As the first language of more than 100 million Europeans, German is Europe’s most widely spoken first language and is also an important language of diplomacy and trade. German-speaking countries have a rich cultural history and are significant players in the cultural, economic and political future of Europe. Germany plays a role within the emergent economies of Central and Eastern Europe, and is a major investor in global markets, with many leading German companies becoming household names.
You may want to learn German for travel within Europe, to appreciate the culture of Germany, Austria and Switzerland or as a career asset. There’s a demand in the international business community for people with a good working knowledge of the language . The ability to speak and understand German is a highly useful skill, and studying German at the OU will not only give you an insight into contemporary culture – it will broaden your horizons.
Undergraduate or bachelors degrees are nationally recognised qualifications consisting of academic study designed to help you gain a thorough understanding of a subject.
For a degree in a named subject, such as business studies or humanities, you'll study mainly in your chosen subject, although you may be able to include some modules from other subjects.
With The Open University you could also study an Open degree where you can combine a range of modules from similar or different subjects to suit either your particular career or personal interests.
You can use a degree to:
A Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) is equivalent to two thirds of an honours degree. They are nationally recognised qualifications focusing either on a particular job or profession, or academic study.
DipHEs are designed to increase the professional and technical skills of staff within a profession or extend your knowledge and understanding of a particular subject. A DipHE shows that you are capable of extended study at university level.
You can use a DipHE to:
The Diploma of Higher Education might be of particular interest to those living and working in Scotland.
A Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) is a nationally recognised qualification focusing on either a particular job or profession, or academic study. Equivalent to the first year of a full honours degree, they are the most basic level of qualification that can be gained in higher education and show that you are capable of studying successfully at university level.
You can use a CertHE to:
There are two ways to start a qualification. If you haven’t studied for a long time or need to build your confidence, beginning your studies with an Access module may be the right choice for you.
Choose a qualification to find out more.
You can study a single module on its own for personal interest or to improve your career prospects. See the list of all our individual courses in German.
If you already have a degree, you may want to see postgraduate courses and qualifications in Languages.
If you want to study for an undergraduate qualification and you are living outside the UK and Republic of Ireland, visit our international prospectus.
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