Diploma in Arabic Language 2018/19

  • To provide students with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing with fluency and confidence to engage with a variety of topics for different purposes, situations and audiences.
  • To develop students’ linguistic and analytical skills in order to understand the patterns, structures and conventions of modern standard spoken Arabic in a range of contexts and a variety of styles and including authentic texts.
  • To develop students’ linguistic and cognitive skills to become independent Arabic speakers for professional and personal enrichment.
  • To train students to compose descriptive, discursive and narrative texts on a range of topics using varied grammatical structures and Arabic expressions.
  • To provide exposure to different topics throughout the programme to develop students’ insight into the nature of Arabic culture and society and improve their intercultural competence.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible 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 (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 Certificate in Arabic Language, with a pass mark of 60or equivalent, this would also satisfy the academic entry requirements. 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).

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

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).

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 (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) have been assigned for each unit. 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 Diploma will be awarded to students who successfully pass both units.

The programme units are as follows:

Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 9) aims to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate the skills in speaking necessary to understand and communicate in Arabic as a sympathetic speaker of the native language confidently, effectively, precisely and appropriately; enable them to understand most of the details of spoken language of various kinds (lectures, conversations, radio and television broadcasts etc.) at the advanced level; train students to become critical readers of a range of authentic texts/articles (literary, journalistic etc.) dealing with a variety of topics; and provide them with the opportunity to compose descriptive, discursive and narrative essays about various topics using complex and diverse language.

Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 10) aims to enable students to communicate effectively and appropriately in a variety of fields (business, literature, humanities, and politics), and  allow them to listen to and understand reports and commentaries in those fields, presented in Arabic.  Students will also get the opportunity to read and understand original Arabic materials on a range of topics, and practice different writing styles (e.g. formal letter, news reports, presentations).

Core Units

  • Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 9)
  • Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 10)

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