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The award

How long you will study
7 month

Domestic course fees
GBP 400 per year

How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
September, January

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Diploma in Arabic Language at Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education

The Diploma in Arabic Language is intended for students who are 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 History/Studies as well as Islamic Studies. 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. It is designed as a customised award according to the standards and guidelines set out by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

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 9)
  • Arabic for Special Purposes (SCQF 10)

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardSQAHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study7 month
    Course startsSeptember, JanuaryDomestic course feesGBP 400 per yearInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

To be ligible to enrol for this programme, students would have completed level SCQF 8, or equivalent, in Arabic. This 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. Applicants must pass this before an offer letter can be issued.

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