BA (Honours) Language Studies
DescriptionCourse Code: Q30 Course Level: Undergraduate Subject Area: Languages Course Qualification: Degree This course is available for study in: Aland Islands, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Channel Islands, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City State
What you will learn
Learning languages opens doors to other cultures and gives you an experience of the world that goes deeper than the av…
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What you will learn
Learning languages opens doors to other cultures and gives you an experience of the world that goes deeper than the average tourist trip. It can also provide you with a key to the global workplace.
The BA Language Studies course gives you a choice of studying one language and English, or two languages taken from French, German and Spanish.
On completing this degree course, you will be a fluent communicator in at least one language and will understand how language is structured, and how its use varies in different contexts. You will also acquire valuable, transferable skills in setting and achieving goals, managing and motivating yourself, collaborative working and using ICT.
Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.
Time required and cost
You require 360 credits to complete this course. Time to complete studies can range from 4 to 16 years depending on how many credits are studied each year. Typically 9 hours of study a week equates to 30 credits achieved in a year.
What you pay is based on the number of credits you study in a year and this depends on the modules you choose. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2013/2014:
- £5,124 if you study 120 credits in a year (full-time)
- £2,562 if you study 60 credits in a year
- £1,281 if you study 30 credits in a year.
NB: Costs and course content is subject to change.
As a linguist you will be an effective communicator with an awareness of cultural differences and similarities – valuable attributes in the modern workplace. As a result of your studies you will have also learnt skills like translation, composing and analysing a range of texts, and collaborative working respectful of other cultures. Linguists enjoy a broad range of career opportunities: teaching, translating, media (publishing, journalism and advertising), leisure, tourism and travel, diplomacy, and working in international organisations.
Please see the tables shown on the Pathway pages via the links shown at the bottom of this page.
There are no formal entry requirements to study this degree. You will however need to be to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.
Classification of course
On successful completion of the required number and type of modules you will be awarded a Bachelor of Arts Language Studies degree.
Your honours degree will be classified either as first-class honours, upper second-class honours, lower second-class honours or third-class honours. The class of degree is determined by the best grades you achieve in a minimum of 120 and up to 240 credits from those modules above Level 1.
At least 120 of those credits must come from modules at Level 3.
For information on Credits, click here.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:
- Student Regulations
- Module Regulations
- General Qualification Regulations
- BA Language Studies
- Schedule A to the Qualification Regulations.