This certificate offers a flexible introduction to the study of languages, introduces you to key concepts in language learning, and develops your study skills. You can choose French, German, Italian1 and Spanish at beginners' and intermediate levels, and Chinese (Mandarin)1 at beginners' level or you can increase your knowledge and skills in using English for academic study. By the end of the course, you'll have moved well beyond the basics in at least one of your chosen languages.
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.