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.
- Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 9)
- Arabic for Special Purposes (SCQF 10)