This certificate of higher education has one stage, comprising 120 credits.
You’ll start Stage 1 with a compulsory 30-credit introductory module.
Thereafter, for your remaining 90 credits, you can combine either two modern languages (from French, German and Spanish) or one modern language and the study of English, with additional options in Chinese and Italian, choosing a starting point based on your current modern language proficiency.
Optional Access module – visit Am I ready? to find out about starting this course with a preparatory Access module.
You’ll start with a broad introduction to the key concepts relating to language learning, languages and how languages work, and intercultural communication, that will support and complement your language-specific studies.
If you choose a beginners’ language module, we recommend you study that module at the same time as Exploring languages and cultures (L161) before moving on to intermediate level.
If you wish to study two modern languages, your language skills in one of these must be sufficient to start studying at an intermediate level in order to comply with the academic requirements of the certificate.
If you’re considering studying for a diploma or degree in languages with the OU, after you complete this certificate you should be aware that English, French, German or Spanish, are the only languages you can take to advanced level.
The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.
We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The Certificate of Higher Education in Language Studies uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:
- studying a mixture of printed and online material. Online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
- working in a group with other students.
All qualifications require you to complete learning and assessment activities within a required timescale and according to pre-determined deadlines. You will therefore need to manage your time effectively during your studies and the University will help you to develop this skill throughout your degree. Information on assessment will be available to you at the start of each module.
If you feel you may need additional support with any of the elements above, visit our disability page to find more about what we offer. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your individual requirements, so we can put arrangements in place before you start.
Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment
This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Cognitive skills
- Practical and professional skills
- Key skills
The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.
Read the detailed learning outcomes here
If you have already studied at university level, you may be able to count it towards your Open University qualification – which could save you time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study. At the OU we call this credit transfer.
It’s not just university study that can be considered, you can also transfer study from a wide range of professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.
You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. We will need to know what you studied, where and when and you will need to provide evidence of your previous study.
For more details of when you will need to apply by and to download an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.
On completion of this undergraduate course, we'll award you the Certificate of Higher Education in Language Studies.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the qualification-specific regulations below and the academic regulations that are available on our Essential Documents website.