Certificate in Arabic Language 2018/19

  • To develop learners’ ability to communicate with native speakers in real-life situations on a variety of topics.
  • To enable students to learn and understand the shape, patterns, structures, sounds and conventions of modern standard spoken Arabic in a range of contexts.
  • To develop students’ ability to learn and appreciate different methods of expression in diverse styles.
  • To provide students with the opportunity to understand the people and culture of the Middle East by knowing the language.
  • To enable students to compose short descriptive and narrative text about topics covered by the programme using numerous grammatical structures and a range of Arabic expressions.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to enrol for this programme, students would have the competency of beginners and lower-intermediate level and 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 (pass mark is 65). Applicants must pass this before an offer letter can be issued.

  Alternatively, if applicants can provide evidence that they have successfully passed the Introductory Certificate in Arabic Language, with pass mark of 65, or equivalent, this would also satisfy the academic entry requirements. A grade of 60 in each of the units’ final exam components may be considered.   All other requirements, such as English Language proficiency and references remain applicable.   Interview Any prospective students may be invited for an interview if they have not achieved the required grade by a small margin of a maximum of 3 marks, but they have demonstrated the required skills, showed interests and motivation towards learning.   Accreditation of prior learning. Qualifications from other educational institutions can be accepted; based on number of hours, levels, date of qualification/certificate (must be less than 2 years). Pre-sessional pathways The intensive summer course: beginner one and two can be used as pathways to apply for Certificate in Arabic Language But, an entry test is required as no tests or exams are included in the summer intensive programme.  

Course Length

7 months

Tuition Fees

Fees are £1,650 for Home/EU students

Please note bursaries are available.

Students can choose to study one individual unit instead of the whole programme at a cost of £375.*

* These fees are subject to change.

About this course

This programme at Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education is designed to prepare students who want to become familiar with certain aspects of Arabic culture, history and the radical changes that are currently happening. It will also develop the communication skills of those who desire to pursue further education in the academic fields of Middle Eastern Studies, Religious/Islamic Studies and International Relations or those who want to live and work in an Arab-speaking country and discover the people through their melodic and lyrical language.

This programme has been designed according to the standards and guidelines set by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). By the end of the programme, students will have a good command of the language used in everyday social conversations, current affairs and job-related situations. The programme will provide students with an insight into Islam and the rich history of the Muslim world.

This programme is approved and credit-rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). It is available on a full-time or part-time basis.

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.

Future Study & Careers

Those who study Arabic can find careers in fields such as journalism, business and industry, education, finance and banking, translation and interpretation and consulting.

Additional Information

Please note applicants need to take a test after applying for this course.


Four elements of assessment have been assigned for each unit: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Each unit will be assessed individually.

Additional Information

Programme Elements

The programme is comprised of two compulsory units. The whole programme is equal to 40 credit points with 20 credit points for each unit. The Certificate will be awarded to students who successfully pass both units.

The programme units are as follows:

Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 7) aims to allow students to practice and develop oral communication skills, train them to listen to and understand spoken Arabic at normal speed within a range of contexts and a variety of styles, offer practice in reading and responding to different types of written language and enable students to produce written Arabic using grammatical structures and a rich vocabulary.

Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 8) seeks to provide students with the opportunity to converse fluently, accurately and in a participatory fashion in a variety of topics, train them to understand the patterns, structures and conventions of spoken Arabic at the higher level, understand various kinds of authentic texts dealing with a variety of selected topics and to write short, simple narrative and descriptive paragraphs about the topics/themes covered.

Core Units

  • Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 7)
  • Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 8)

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