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I want to study languages

Why study languages?

Studying languages opens up a whole new world of opportunities.

Learning languages in today's globalising world is more important than ever. Contrary to popular belief globalisation does not mean that everybody now speaks English.

- 75% of the world's population don't speak any English

- Fewer than 40% of EU citizens claim that they can hold a conversation in English

Organisations and businesses today are becoming more and more international in scope and as a result language skills are in high demand.

On a personal level too, by speaking a language other than English, a whole new world of global friendships, travel and culture is open to you!

For more reasons visit link


Study options in the UK

You can learn languages throughout your educational and working life. At secondary school, college and university there are a wide range of options available for young people, and languages can be studied in various ways.


A wide choice of languages is available to study at GCSE and A-level. Ask at your local school or college to see what languages they offer.

An increasing number of schools and colleges also offer alternative qualifications to GCSE and A/AS levels, such as NVQs, which have more of a vocational or business focus, and Asset Languagesexternal link,which is aimed at all ages and abilities.

Higher education:

- 74% of UK employers want to employ people with conversational skills in a foreign language.

With over 116 universities in the UK and over 4000 language based courses, you have a lot to choose from! To find the right course for you why not start by taking a look on UCASexternal link or DirectGovexternal link.

For more tips and advice on what to study and where, see: link

EU Programmes:

The European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programmeexternal link encompasses four sub-programmes which fund projects at different levels of education and training:

Useful links

- Routes into Languages: link

- LLAS (The Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies): link

- Why study languages: link

- Studying languages at University: link