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The award
SQA

How long you will study
20 month

Domestic course fees
GBP 1000 per year

How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
September, January

International course fees
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About Advanced Diploma in Arabic Language at Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education

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.

Core Units

  • 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)

Optional Units

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)

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Entry requirements

Students may enter this programme at either SCQF level 7 (Certificate Level) or SCQF level 9 (Diploma Level):Certificate Level EntryThis means students should have the ability: to speak about themselves, their lives and their environment and to paraphrase as necessary to make themselves understood, to read simple authentic texts on familiar topics and understand the general meaning, to write informal notes and essays on familiar topics connected to daily life and to comprehend and produce accurately the basic sentence structure of Arabic.Eligibility will normally be assessed by taking a test. Applicants must pass this before an offer letter can be issued.For entry at this level, studying full-time, the duration would be 20 months.Diploma Level EntryThis means students should have the ability: to read a range of styles in Arabic, from formal to informal and journalistic to expository, to understand texts of general interest, to carry out basic research and understand main ideas in non-technical writing, to use context and grammar to identify the form and guess the meaning of unfamiliar words, to write essays and opinion pieces on topics they have studied and to read, write and speak with increasing grammatical accuracy.Eligibility will normally be assessed by taking a test, or completion of the Certificate in Arabic Language.For entry at this level, studying full-time, the duration would be 8 months.

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