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Changes to policy and curriculum

Diploma of Higher Education in English (W61) - Qualification amendment

The Open University plans to make some changes to Stage 1 of the Diploma of Higher Education in English (W61) from October 2021.

In 2019, we introduced the optional module Introducing English language studies (L101) into the structure of this qualification. From October 2020 we will also introduce two new interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities modules; each will include content from four Arts and Humanities disciplines:

  • Cultures (A112) will combine the study of Art History, Classical Studies, Creative Writing and English Literature
  • Revolutions (A113) will combine the study of History, Music, Philosophy and Religious Studies

These two modules will replace the existing recommended Arts and Humanities interdisciplinary Stage 1 module, Voices, Texts and Material Culture (A105). Moving from one module to two offers more discipline-specific content at Stage 1, which will provide a more discipline-focused path of study through students' qualifications.

Following the introduction of these new modules, the number of optional modules available at Stage 1 will be reduced. For the Diploma of Higher Education in English (W61), students will have the choice between Cultures (A112) or Introducing English Language studies (L101). All other module options currently available to study on these qualifications will no longer be available for students to register on from October 2021. If a student wishes to complete one of the optional modules currently available to study, they must do so by this date or they will instead be required to study A112 or L101.

Please talk to your Student Support Team if you need any further information. You can find out how to contact them on Contact the OU.