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BA (Honours) Language Studies with English and Spanish

This is one of several subject combinations available in our BA (Honours) Language Studies (Q30). In your study of English, you’ll find out how the language works and how it varies depending on the context. You’ll also explore its history, its politics, and how it came to be such a hugely influential global language. Your Spanish studies will cover a range of aspects relating to the language and its cultures around the world. On completion, you’ll be an independent and intercultural user of Spanish, have a wide-ranging understanding of how the English language is used to influence, and persuade.

Key features of the course

  • Develops you into a proficient user (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level C1) of Spanish
  • Develops advanced knowledge of the cultures where Spanish is used
  • Explores the evolution and diversification of English as a global language
  • Develops your understanding of effective communication in English
  • Offers the option of a week in Spain (or online alternative)

Course Summary

Degree

Degree

  • Also known as an undergraduate or bachelors degree.
  • Internationally respected, universally understood.
  • An essential requirement for many high-level jobs.
  • Gain a thorough understanding of your subject – and the tools to investigate, think critically, form reasoned arguments, solve problems and communicate effectively in new contexts.
  • Progress to higher level study, such as a postgraduate diploma or masters degree.
Course code
Q30
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
360
How long it takes
Part time – 6 years
Full time – 3 years
Time limit – 16 years
Study method
Distance learning

Course details

This qualification has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.

  • In Stage 1, you’ll study a compulsory 60-credit module. You’ll choose your remaining 60 credits from a range of language modules.
  • In Stage 2, you’ll study a 60-credit English language studies module and a 60-credit Spanish module.
  • In Stage 3, you’ll study a 60-credit English language studies module and a 60-credit Spanish module.

Prepare for OU study with an Access module

We offer two starting points depending on how confident you are or how long it’s been since you last studied. Choose to dive straight in at Stage 1, or if you’d prefer some extra preparation, you can get started with an optional Access module. See Entry requirements for more details.

Stage 1 (120 credits)

Your chosen route will be a combination of two subjects: either English language studies with a modern language (French, German or Spanish) OR two of these modern languages.

You have two options for completing the different stages of your study:

  • Study both subjects at the same time, working through Stages 1, 2 and 3 in order.
  • Study one subject first, completing these subject modules at each Stage, then repeating the route for your second subject.

We strongly advise that you start your study with the compulsory module. This is either Introducing English language studies (L101) or Exploring languages and cultures (L161) depending on your chosen route.

For modern language modules, your choices at Stage 1 will depend on your current level of language proficiency. If you are unsure about your current level, you can use our languages self-assessment quiz to check.

Beginners and Intermediate language modules are both 30-credit modules, both starting in October and ending in June. Intermediate language modules are pedagogically designed to follow on from Beginners language modules.

We strongly recommend that you do not study a Beginners and Intermediate modules together, unless you already have sufficient prior knowledge of the language to study at Intermediate level.

Stage 2 (120 credits)

In Stage 2, you’ll explore the evolution and diversification of English. You'll also expand on your ability to use Spanish and your cultural knowledge of Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries. This includes a one-week residential school in Spain, or an online equivalent, known as the Alternative Learning Experience (ALE).

Stage 3 (120 credits)

In Stage 3, for your English studies, you can choose between learning about how the English language is shaped by its users to get things done in different contexts or explore creativity in the English language around the world1. For your final Spanish module, you’ll advance your understanding of the society and culture of contemporary Spain and Spanish-speaking countries as well as extending the practical skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish.

1Exploring English grammar (E304) is available for study until October 2022.

We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the qualification described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available modules – may change over time. If we make changes to this qualification, we’ll update this page as soon as possible. Once you’ve registered or are studying this qualification, where practicable, we’ll inform you in good time of any upcoming changes. If you’d like to know more about the circumstances in which the University might make changes to the curriculum, see our Academic Regulations or contact us. This description was last updated on 17 March 2021.


Accessibility

We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BA (Honours) 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
  • face-to-face and/or live online tutorials (face-to-face events may be replaced with an online alternative where required)
  • working in a group with other students
  • finding external/third party material online
  • using specialist software such as Adobe Connect – if you study Exploring English grammar (E304)
  • continuous and end-of-module assessment in the form of online quizzes, recorded presentations, essays, short answer questions, and in some cases an examination
  • using feedback: continuous assessment involves receiving detailed feedback on your work from your tutor and using this feedback to improve your performance
  • engagement with learning and assessment within a pre-determined schedule or timetable – time management will be needed during your studies and the University will help you to develop these skills throughout your degree
  • some modules may require you to attend a residential school or an online alternative.

For more detailed information, see the Accessibility Statements on individual module descriptions. If you feel you may need additional support, visit Disability support to find more about what we offer.


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; elearning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Read the detailed learning outcomes here

Credit transfer

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.


Classification of your degree

On successfully completing this course, the name of your undergraduate degree will reflect your chosen route. For example BA (Honours) Language Studies with French and German. The class of degree (first, upper second, lower second or third-class honours) depends on your grades at Stages 2 and 3.

You’ll have the opportunity to attend a degree ceremony.

Recognition in your country

If you intend to use your Open University qualifications to seek work or undertake further study outside the UK, we recommend checking whether your intended qualification will meet local requirements for your chosen career. Read recognition in my country.

Regulations

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 Student Policies and Regulations website. 

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification.

There’s a choice of starting points in your chosen modern language(s) – your choice will depend on your current level of confidence and proficiency. See our guidance on choosing the right modern language level, which includes a self-assessment quiz to help you decide between beginners’ or intermediate French, German and Spanish.

How much time do I need?

  • Most of our students study part time, completing 60 credits a year.
  • This will usually mean studying for 16–18 hours a week.
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How much will it cost?
Ways to pay for your qualification and other support

How much will it cost in England?

We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost.

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification up front.
  • A qualification comprises a series of modules, each with an individual fee. Added together, they give you the total cost.
  • Most OU students study part time at a rate of 60 credits a year.
  • Our current fee for 60 credits is £3,168*.
  • Our current fee for 120 credits, which is equivalent to a year's full-time study, is £6,336*.
  • At current prices, the total cost of your qualification would be £19,008*.

*The fee information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2022. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees.

Residential schools

This qualification has one or two compulsory modules (L222, L223, L226) that each include a residential school you must attend. For each school you must pay £300 for accommodation and meals. You’ll pay when you book the residential school, after you’ve enrolled on the module. You must also pay for your travel to and from the venue.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we may replace face-to-face events with online alternatives. Read the module descriptions for further information.

If you can’t attend the school for reasons beyond your control, you may apply for the online alternative. There’s no additional cost for the online alternative.


Skills for career development

By the time you graduate, you’ll be an effective communicator with an awareness of cultural differences and similarities – attributes that are particularly valuable in an environment of increasing international contact. If you learn about English alongside another language, your study of its structure, history, and place in societies and cultures will greatly enrich and develop your understanding of all aspects of communication.

Certain skills flow directly from your studies like translation, fluent communication in more than one language, the ability to compose and analyse a range of texts, and the ability to work well with members of other cultures and communities. You’ll also develop a broad set of employability skills, including the ability to:

  • communicate effectively, clearly and accurately with others
  • manage and motivate yourself
  • plan, organise and prioritise your work
  • manage time and work independently and as part of a team
  • evaluate and reflect on your own work
  • set realistic objectives and meet your own goals
  • understand contemporary global issues and appreciate cultural diversity
  • draw together, analyse and critically evaluate information
  • use your knowledge about how language works in a range of settings
  • put together reasoned arguments and question assumptions
  • use information and communication technology (ICT) effectively
  • analyse data and undertake research using a range of methods.

Career relevance

As a linguist, you’ll enjoy a broad range of career opportunities directly related to your field: teaching; translating; interpreting; the diplomatic service; the media (publishing, journalism and advertising); leisure, tourism and travel; and working in international organisations and government bodies. There is also particular demand for language skills in education and more broadly across the economy in client-facing roles. These range from business development, sales, marketing, logistics and tourism to supporting and managing performance in global markets, and to offering services (from health and social care to driving instruction) in an increasingly diverse UK. Studying a language can also be your passport to a new life abroad.

Other careers

Employers in all fields value applicants who can communicate well, analyse, evaluate and present ideas and arguments effectively. These skills can be used in work where research or written communication plays a major part such as advertising, marketing, journalism, publishing and public relations.

Many graduate-level jobs are open to graduates of any discipline, particularly in business, finance, management consultancy and the public sector. Some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree. Linguists are particularly adept at relating to other people and being open to different points of view which are highly regarded skills in many professional settings.

Exploring your options

Once you register with us (and for up to three years after you finish your studies), you’ll have full access to our careers service for a wide range of information and advice – including online forums, website, interview simulation, vacancy service as well as the option to email or speak to a careers adviser. Some areas of the careers service website are available for you to see now, including help with looking for and applying for jobs. You can also read more general information about how OU study enhances your career.

In the meantime, if you want to do some research around this qualification and where it might take you, we’ve put together a list of relevant job titles as a starting point (note that some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree):

  • teacher
  • language teacher, in modern languages or English as a foreign language
  • lecturer
  • translator
  • interpreter
  • diplomatic service officer
  • journalist
  • advertising account manager
  • marketing officer
  • copywriter
  • editor
  • PR consultant
  • tour manager
  • event organiser
  • travel agency manager.

Register for this course

This is the English and Spanish route through our BA (Honours) Language Studies. You will register on the BA (Honours) Language Studies and enrol on the relevant modules for this route.

Start dates
Credit transfer: apply by 05/08/2021

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