Taught course


Open University · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

Entry requirements

You'll need:

  • a UK honours degree (preferably a 2:1 or above) or other recognised equivalent qualification*
  • proficiency in your first language at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level C2
  • proficiency in your second language at CEFR level C1

*If you don’t have an honours degree, you can talk to an OU advisor about your options.

Months of entry


Course content

This postgraduate certificate enables you to start developing your professional skills as a translator. You’ll engage in authentic translation tasks to develop useful employability skills, explore different approaches to translation and develop an understanding of the links between theory and practice. With a focus on recent research, you’ll develop an awareness of the wider cultural, ethical and professional contexts of translation. The languages offered on this qualification are French, German, Italian, Spanish, Modern Standard Arabic, or Mandarin Chinese, in combination with English.

Information for international students

This qualification can be studied from anywhere in the world.

Fees and funding

For more information about fees and funding, please visit The Open University website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    8 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

The Open University
0300 303 5303