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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 http://www.llas.ac.uk/700reasonsexternal 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.

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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: http://www.studyinglanguages.ac.uk/external 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: http://www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk/index.htmlexternal link

- LLAS (The Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies):  http://www.llas.ac.uk/external link

- Why study languages: http://www.whystudylanguages.ac.uk/external link

- Studying languages at University: http://www.studyinglanguages.ac.uk/external link