The Advanced Diploma in Arabic Language is a customised award designed according to the standards and guidelines set out by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). The programme is intended for candidates eager to become familiar with certain aspects of Arab culture, society and history and/or pursue education in academic fields such as Arab/Middle Eastern Studies/history, Islamic Studies and many other fields. The philosophy of this programme is to teach Arabic as a living language to a diverse body of students with a wide variety of academic and professional needs. Therefore, it aims to develop all four skills, namely listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Arabic is a Semitic Language and is closely related to Aramaic and Hebrew. Literary Arabic is an official language of 27 countries, and is spoken by well over 300 million native speakers in a wide region stretching across the Middle East, North Africa and Horn of Africa. Besides being the liturgical language of 1.6 billion Muslims, Arabic is also an official language of the Arab League, the Organisation of Islamic Conference and the African Union, and one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
- Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 7)
- Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 8)
- Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 9)
- Arabic for Special Purposes (SCQF 10)
Students choose one unit from a list of 8 compulsory units. These will be made available at the start of the academic year:
- Introduction to Islamic Studies (SCQF 9)
- Women and Islam (SCQF 10)
- Islamic Core Sources and Approaches (SCQF 10)
- Islamic Ethics (SCQF 10)
- Islamic Economics and Finance (SCQF 11)
- Islamic Commercial Law (SCQF 11)
- Applied Islamic Banking and Insurance (SCQF 11)
- Islamic Accounting and Auditing (SCQF 11)