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Arts and Languages Pathway

Updated Friday 6th March 2015

Mapping your Open Pathway from informal to formal learning.

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This Pathway invites you to explore subjects in Arts and Languages in more depth. It shows how you can progress to formal study with The OU. If you feel you are not quite ready for this, you can prepare for study at higher education level with a badged open course on OpenLearn. Where you start on this pathway will depend on your individual circumstances and any previous educational qualifications.

Informal Learning

Here are some more free OpenLearn courses that might be of interest. Remember there is no limit to the number of courses you can take and many more are available on OpenLearn.

Beginners’ German: Food and Drink (6 hours)
Read and hear about types of food and drink and find out how to order and pay for things in cafes and restaurants.

Beginners’ Chinese (6 hours)
A look at Mandarin Chinese and some insights into Chinese society and culture.

English in the world today (8 hours)
An introduction to the role that English plays in the world today, this unit examines the social, political and cultural factors that have influenced its development.

Heritage case studies: Scotland (5 hours)
The heritage traditions of Scotland are unique in comparison to the rest of Britain. Two case studies demonstrate how heritage sites have helped to forge the Scottish national identity and history.

War memorials and commemoration (4 hours)
An opportunity to practise good study techniques using the theme of commemoration and memorials, you’ll begin to think about how form influences meaning in the arts and how ideas influence approaches to the humanities.

Writing what you know (8 hours)
See familiar things in everyday life in a new light and learn how authors use their own personal histories to form the basis of their work.

Visions of protest: Graffiti (8 hours)
What is graffiti? Consider different arguments for and against the perception of graffiti as a form of vandalism and explore how graffiti has been used as a means of communication and as an articulation of protest.

Formal Learning

Arts and Languages Access module (Y031)

This Access module is an ideal starting point if you have little or no previous knowledge of arts and languages and would like to develop both your subject knowledge and your study skills. It explores a range of subjects, including art history, English, English language studies, history, modern languages, and also touches on the areas of creative writing and religious studies. On completion you’ll receive an OU Access Module Certificate and will be well prepared to progress to a nationally recognised qualification.

Try out the online activities at Is an Access module right for me? to assess whether this is the right starting point for you.

Undergraduate study

You can take a module as a standalone course or as part of a qualification. If you choose to study towards a qualification, please check The Open University course page for full details of the modules included and the order in which they must be studied.
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If you would like to study across a wider range of subjects our BA/BSc (Honours) Open Degree allows you greater freedom of choice, subject to you obtaining the required number of credits at each stage.
OU students have full access to the OU careers service for information and advice.
To find out more about OU courses visit the Open University course page. Alternatively email or call 0300 303 5303 to speak to an adviser.
* Modules are set at different Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) levels and are measured in credits.

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