Open University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

English Language (W85)

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Course summary

This diploma explores human communication by focusing on the English language, its history, diversity and flexibility. You’ll learn what distinguishes machine language from human language and how people adapt and change their ways of communicating in multilingual and multicultural contexts. You’ll investigate how language works from written texts and conversations down to the smallest units of sounds. You’ll also explore English as a creative medium to express humour, thoughts and emotions. This qualification is not, however, designed to teach English to speakers of other languages. Key features of the course

  • Explores the history of English, its contemporary diversity, its role as a global language and use in various parts of the world.
  • Engages in debates surrounding the historical and contemporary position of English in relation to other languages.
  • Teaches strategies that promote critical analysis and evaluation of texts, and an ability to reflect on your own language use.
  • Develops you as a competent communicator enhancing your employability.
  • Reveals how the English language works, and how the choice of words and grammar affect the message.


This diploma has two stages. The first stage will introduce you to the study of language and communication in English. You’ll also choose two further complementary modules from a selection of English language and modern language modules. In the second stage, you’ll examine the history of the English language and its position in the world today. You’ll also choose one further complementary module from English literature, creative writing and modern languages.

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

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English Language (W85) at Open University - UCAS