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Certificate of Higher Education in Business Management and French

This certificate allows you to combine business management with French. You’ll divide your study equally between both subjects. It offers a broad grounding in key concepts associated with business management and a sound knowledge of the basic concepts associated with the study of French. You’ll explore how businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions. You’ll see what’s involved in functions such as marketing, accounting and finance. Combining this with the study of a modern language opens doors to other cultures and communities, and can provide a key to the global workplace.


Key features of the course

  • Develops a broad understanding of business organisations and their key elements.
  • Explores some wider considerations such as environments, markets and processes; and how these work together.
  • Develops you into an independent user of French, reaching level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  • Develops broad knowledge of the cultures that speak French, and basic intercultural communication competence.

A nationally recognised qualification in its own right, this certificate of higher education is also equivalent to the first third of the BA (Honours) Business Management and French (R55).

Course Summary



  • Widely recognised qualification.
  • Equivalent to the first third of an honours degree.
  • Study for interest or career development.
  • Shows that you can study successfully at university level.
  • Count it towards further qualifications such as a foundation degree, DipHE or honours degree.
Course code


  • 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.
How long it takes
Part time – 2 years
Full time – 1 year
Time limit – 7 years
Study method
Distance learning

Course details

This certificate has only one stage, comprising 120 credits:

  • In Stage 1, you’ll study a 60-credit introductory business management module and two 30-credit language modules.

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)

You’ll divide your study equally between business management and French.

Which language modules you choose will depend on your current French language proficiency. You can either start at beginners’ level and then go on to intermediate level, or (if you have sufficient prior knowledge of French) start at intermediate level and study an extra module – Exploring languages and culture (L161). See our guidance on choosing the right French language level.

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.


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 Business Management and Languages uses a variety of study materials and may have 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.
  • Using mathematical and scientific expressions, notation and assorted techniques.
  • Working in a group with other students.
  • Using and producing diagrams or screenshots.
  • Undertaking practical work.
  • Finding external/third party material online.
  • Using specialist software.
  • Continuous and end-of-module assessment in the form of 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.
  • Some modules may require you to attend a residential school.

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’ve already completed some study at another university, you may be able to count it towards your Open University qualification – reducing the number of modules you need to study.

You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. Just tell us what you studied, where and when, and we’ll compare this against the learning outcomes for your chosen course.

For more details and an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.

On completion

On successfully completing this course, we’ll award you our Certificate of Higher Education in Business Management and French. The title of your certificate will show your chosen language:

  • Certificate of Higher Education in Business Management and French.
  • Certificate of Higher Education in Business Management and German.
  • Certificate of Higher Education in Business Management and Spanish.

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.


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. 

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

However, there’s a choice of starting points in the modern-language element – 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.
  • The 30-credit beginners’ and intermediate modules in French, German and Spanish, however, are not designed to be studied at the same time.

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 £6,336*.
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*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.

Skills for career development

You’ll develop a broad set of employability skills, including the ability to:

  • Understand key business functions such as marketing, human resources, information management, accounting and finance, and operations in their wider organisational and social context.
  • Put together reasoned arguments and question assumptions.
  • Draw together, analyse and critically evaluate information and data, using a range of research methods.
  • Understand the nature of leadership skills and behaviours within organisations.
  • Communicate effectively, clearly and accurately with others.
  • Use information and communication technology (ICT) effectively.
  • Manage time and work independently and as part of a team.
  • Take responsibility for your own personal development, set realistic objectives and meet your own goals.
  • Manage and motivate yourself.
  • Plan, organise and prioritise your work, evaluate and reflect on it.

Career relevance

The skills and knowledge you’ll develop will equip you to follow a number of career paths, and are recognised by employers as having great value for work in management and business. Your understanding of another language and the cultures that use it, enhances that value – widening your opportunities in the international market. A qualification in business management with a language can lead to opportunities in a wide range of areas such as:

  • Middle and senior management positions across all sectors.
  • Advertising and marketing.
  • Accountancy.
  • Human resources.
  • Banking, including investment banking.
  • Sales and retail.
  • Management consultancy.
  • Business journalism.
  • Transport and logistics.
  • Translation and interpreting.
  • Editing and publishing.

Other careers

Employers are keen to utilise the commercial awareness that business graduates offer, as increasing globalisation and continual changes in technology, communications, financial services and distribution of goods and services open up new business opportunities. They value applicants who can communicate well, analyse, evaluate and present ideas and arguments effectively. This awareness can also lead to opportunities in specialist areas concerned with offering guidance to managers, such as management consultancy or business journalism. If you want to work as a translator in your chosen language, this diploma will allow you to develop a business specialism.

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 certificate.

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 and 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 certificate):

  • Business development officer.
  • Recruitment consultant.
  • Marketing executive.
  • Publicity officer.
  • Risk analyst.
  • Advertising account manager.
  • Management consultant.
  • Business journalist.
  • Accountant.
  • Human resources manager.
  • Sales and retail manager.
  • Business analyst.
  • Translator or interpreter.
  • Logistics manager.
  • Travel agency manager.
  • Editor.

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Start dates
Credit transfer: apply by 09/12/2021

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