Advanced Diploma in Arabic Language

  • To provide students with 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, argumentative and narrative writings 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

As the programme includes an optional module at a high academic level, candidates are expected to have good communication skills and qualifications such as:

  • A level: preferably ABB (BBC minimum requirement)
  • Scottish Higher: AABBB (BBBC minimum requirement)
  • Scottish Advanced Higher: AB (BB minimum requirement)
Other qualifications should be equivalent to at least the Framework for Higher education Level 3 or the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Level 6/7 and can be in any subject area. However, qualifications in social sciences, cultural studies and religious studies are preferable. Students may enter this programme at either SCQF level 7 (Certificate Level) or SCQF level 9 (Diploma Level): Certificate Level Entry

This means students 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 45). 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 or equivalent, this would also satisfy the Arabic Language academic entry requirements. All other requirements, such as English Language proficiency and references remain applicable. Diploma Level Entry 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 45). 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 or equivalent, this would also satisfy the Arabic Language academic entry requirements. All other requirements, such as English Language proficiency and references remain applicable.


Course Length

20 months (Certificate Level Entry - full-time) 8 months (Diploma Level Entry - full-time)


Tuition Fees

Fees are £3,300 for Home/EU students and £4,400 for students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.*

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 Advanced Diploma in Arabic Language is a customised award designed according to the standards and guidelines set out by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). The programme is intended for candidates 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 Studies/history, Islamic Studies and many other fields. 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.

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 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.

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.

We regret to announce that we are unable to offer this programme in 2017-18 to applicants who require a Tier 4 visa, if they rely on our internal entry test to gain entry to the programme.

 Assessment

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 four compulsory units and one optional unit chosen from any other programme in consultation with the Programme Co-ordinator. The whole programme is equal to 92 credit points, with 20 credit points for each Arabic Language unit and 12 credit points for the optional unit. The Advanced Diploma will be awarded to students who successfully pass all 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 as a sympathetic participant in the native language 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 some complex grammatical structures and a range of Arabic expressions.

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 standard Modern 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.

Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 9) intends to provide students with the opportunity to communicate in Arabic effectively, precisely and appropriately; enable them to understand most of the details of spoken language (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 numerous topics using complex and diverse language.

Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 10) aims to enable students to communicate effectively and appropriately during business discussions and negotiation of contracts; train them to listen to and understand commercials, business, economic and financial reports and commentaries presented orally in Arabic; provide students with the opportunity to read and understand original Arabic materials dealing with business, trade and finance.


Core Units

  • Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 7)
  • Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 8)
  • Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 9)
  • Arabic as a Foreign Language (SCQF 10)

Optional Units

Students choose one unit from a list of 8 compulsory units from either the Advanced Diploma in the Study of Islam and Muslims or from the Professional Diploma in Islamic Economics and Finance. These will be made available at the start of the academic year:

  • Introduction to Islamic Studies (SCQF 9)
  • Women and Islam (SCQF 10)
  • Islamic Core Sources and Approaches (SCQF 10)
  • Islamic Ethics (SCQF 10)
  • Islamic Economics and Finance (SCQF 11)
  • Islamic Commercial Law (SCQF 11)
  • Applied Islamic Banking and Insurance (SCQF 11)
  • Islamic Accounting and Auditing (SCQF 11)

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