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

Please note: this programme is still subject to approval by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

The Introductory Certificate in Arabic Language is intended for candidates interested in learning Arabic language for personal enrichment; to become familiar with certain aspects of Arab culture, society and history; or to pursue further education in the academic fields of Middle Eastern History, Arabic Studies, Religious Studies, International Studies, and 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 or personal interests. Therefore, it aims to develop all four skills of 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 the 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 the Islamic Conference and the African Union, and is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Through religious, academic, scientific, philosophical and business terminologies, Arabic has left important influences on other languages of the Islamic world, where Arabic is not the main or official language. Moreover, due to the vicinity and trade connections between Europe and Islamic lands, there have been major Islamic contributions and cultural influences to both medieval Europe and the Renaissance period. All of these make the learning of Arabic language fascinating, and this programme can develop your knowledge, confidence, and communication skills.


Core Units

  • Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 5)
  • Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 6)

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Entry requirements

To be eligible to enrol for this programme, students should have some beginner’s knowledge of Arabic: the alphabet, pronunciation and writing thereof, and basic topics such as introducing themselves to one another, greetings, numbers and counting, and knowledge of some Arabic vocabulary.Eligibility will normally be assessed by taking a test. Applicants must pass this before an offer letter can be issued.

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