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Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies: French and German pathway

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This diploma of higher education is made up of 240 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

Stage 1 comprises a broad range of options in languages and in English. Language modules are carefully designed and paced so that you can develop and build skills in all aspects of speaking and understanding the language, while exploring the life and culture in the countries where those languages are spoken. 

Your module choices in this stage will depend largely on your previous level of language study. Our Languages diagnostics website will help you decide which module (beginners' or intermediate level) is the best starting point for you.

For example, if you have little prior experience of studying French you should start your studies with Bon départ: beginners' French (L192)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W41-4,module,L192,,1 (30 credits), followed by Ouverture: intermediate French (L120)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W41-4,module,L120,,1 (30 credits).

If you have little prior experience of studying German you should start your studies with Rundblick: beginners' German (L193)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W41-4,module,L193,,1 (30 credits), followed by Auftakt: intermediate German (L130)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W41-4,module,L130,,1 (30 credits).

We strongly recommend all students study the intermediate French and German modules, as these will provide you with the ideal preparation for further French and German study at Stage 2.

As an alternative to beginners’ French and German you may choose to study other languages at beginners’ level (Chinese and Welsh) or to study Spanish or Italian up to intermediate level. These options will enhance your ability to study languages at a distance which will provide invaluable preparation for Level 2 study. if you are interested in developing your academic communication skills, you could study English for academic purposes online (L185)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W41-4,module,L185,,1 (30 credits).

Stage 2

Stage 2 comprises one French and one German 60-credit module.

Envol: upper intermediate French (L211)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W41-4,module,L211,,1 will expand your ability to use the language, deepen your cultural knowledge and develop your study skills. It uses an exciting blend of interactive online, audio-visual and print resources to give you a structured overview of key aspects of life in the French-speaking world today. You‘ll study a number of topics including: lifestyle, habitat, culture, the environment, politics, science and technology. You’ll also attend a residential school in France (or study an online alternative).

Motive: upper intermediate German (L203)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W41-4,module,L203,,1 will expand your ability to use the language, deepen your cultural knowledge and develop your study skills. It uses an exciting blend of interactive online, audio-visual and print resources to give you a structured overview of key aspects of life in the German-speaking world today. You'll study a number of topics including: lifestyle, habitat, culture, the environment, politics, science and technology. You'll also attend a residential school in Germany (or study an online alternative).

On completing these modules, your language proficiency will be at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes four years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from three to 12 years.

Fees

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