Learning a modern language is enjoyable and rewarding. It can be your passport to a new career and perhaps a new life abroad. We offer courses from beginners’ to graduate level in French, German and Spanish; beginners' and intermediate courses in Italian; and beginners' courses in Chinese and Welsh.
Whether you’re a complete beginner, want to brush up existing skills, or are looking for a degree in languages, we can provide a flexible, step-by-step way of achieving your learning goals. You’ll develop proficiency in all four skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening. Some of our courses even offer a week at a residential school in a country where the language is spoken.
We also offer modules about the English language. Whether you want to study the history of English and its development as a global language, investigate how grammar works to create different meanings, or explore the creativity within a range of texts, our English language modules will surprise and challenge you. Modules aimed at developing your academic and professional communication skills in English are also available.
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 Languages.
If you already have a degree, you may want to see postgraduate courses and qualifications in Languages
If you live outside of the UK, Republic of Ireland and Europe, please visit our website for international students.
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