Arabic Language Programme

Course Summary


1 year

Start Date

September 2024


Arabic Language

Course Details

Entry Requirment

Academic Requirements

While there are no formal academic requirements, it is essential for prospective students to possess the ability to read the Arabic language. This foundational skill will ensure that all participants can fully engage with the course materials from the outset. Students from “non-standard” settings, who do not meet the above-mentioned criteria and those with informal learning are welcome to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

English Language Requirement

Students whose first language is not English will need to show proof of English language proficiency.

Evidence may take one of the following forms:

  • Successful completion of a minimum of twelve months’ education in a country that we consider to be 'majority English speaking;’
  • Successfully completed a qualification containing English, which we consider meeting the CEFR B2 level in all four language skills;
  • Passed one of the English language tests accepted by ILCD. We accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum level of 6.5 and 6.0 in each component, as well as a ESOL B2 qualifications.

Programme Outline and Aims

The aim of the Arabic Language Programme is to develop a thorough grasp of Arabic through a curriculum that emphasizes the core linguistic skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will be immersed in a learning environment that prioritizes the acquisition of these skills, enabling them to communicate effectively and confidently in a variety of contexts. The programme is designed to build a strong foundation in the language, by focusing on the practical application of language skills and supporting students in achieving fluency and proficiency that will serve them in academic research or in any professional field where Arabic is used.

Programme Content

Our Arabic Language Programme is a 1-year course tailored to elevate students from beginner to higher intermediate levels, concentrating primarily on the linguistic aspects of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

The curriculum begins with emphasizing reading and writing skills, coupled with foundational grammar and vocabulary for sentence construction and daily communication. Progressing to listening skills, the programme includes diverse listening exercises to bolster comprehension, followed by speaking proficiency enhancement through regular practice, role-playing, and pronunciation exercises. As students advance, they delve into intermediate reading and writing, analysing texts to improve comprehension and crafting essays, while also honing advanced communication skills for complex conversations and presentations. Assessments comprise written exams, oral presentations, listening tests, and class participation, ensuring a well-rounded mastery of the Arabic language.


Module Code Credits Contact GLH
Arabic 1 AR001 20 30 80
Arabic 2 AR002 20 30 80
Language Skills ARL06 20 120 80
Skills Workshops N/A N/A 30 N/A

Programme learning outcomes

A .Knowledge And Understanding:

After this programme learners will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • K1 The linguistic description of Arabic using grammatical, morphological and stylistic frameworks;
  • K2 The pragmatic factors which determine the use of Arabic;
  • K3 Different approaches to translating a variety of Arabic registers;
Teaching/learning methods

Knowledge and understanding are acquired and developed through formal teaching which may take the form of lectures, seminars, and individual feedback or a combination of these methods, along with recommended reading, and the writing of essays and a dissertation.


The summative assessment of knowledge and understanding take the form of a combination of methods including coursework, formal examinations and oral presentations. Formative assessment is ongoing throughout the programme and will usually include feedback in classes and seminar-based tasks.

B.Intellectual/Cognitive Skills – Able To:

  • C1 Analyse materials from a variety of registers and genres for learning, teaching and research purposes;
  • C2 Discriminate between various theoretical frameworks to determine their suitability to a given purpose.
Teaching/Learning Methods

Skills will be introduced in lectures and developed through selective and focused reading, writing of essays and examinations. Critical modes of enquiry will be developed and fostered through the study of specific topics, workshops, personal study and seminar discussions. Through the preparation for essays and projects, learners’ research and analytical skills will be reinforced. Group work and the subsequent peer assessments will advance learners’ ability to give and receive constructive criticism and build on feedback.


Essays, collaborative assignments and projects assess all areas of intellectual skills, while summative examinations and formative tests assess the ability to collect and process information and arguments under strict time constraints. Independent study and the Dissertation allow the evaluation of wider personal and independent research and independent interpretation.

C .Practical Skills – Able To:

  • P1 Utilise advanced receptive and productive Arabic skills for effective communication;
  • P2 Efficiently use IT software for language acquisition and teaching;
  • P3 Autonomously access technical and discipline specific material in the Arabic Language from a range of fields; from the classical to contemporary;
  • P4 Utilise bibliographical and library tools effectively.
Teaching/learning methods

Practical skills are developed through seminar classes, the writing of essays and group projects.


These skills are assessed through examinations, presentations and in the oral-examinations.

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Learner Support

The institute offers learners extensive support for their learning via a variety of services, including the institute library, 1:1 tutorials, skills workshops and online portals. The workshops provide learners with opportunities to develop their academic skills and thinking by delivering carefully planned content across an array of topics including, academic writing, referencing, critical thinking and effective study skills.

Learners can book sessions with their tutors for 1:1 for academic or non-academic support. These tutorials allow the individual needs of learners to be assessed an appropriate action plans to be developed by the staff. Tutorials may be booked by staff if they feel it is required.

Transferable Skills

Learners will acquire and develop a broad range of transferrable skills:

T1. Intrapersonal Skills

With minimum guidance can work professionally within the discipline area and manage own learning using full range of resources for the discipline. Can manage and efficiently utilise a wealth of information for a variety of purposes including learning, teaching and research.

T2. Communications

Can engage effectively in discussion and use a range of mediums to efficiently communicate information and opinion in a manner appropriate to the environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does this course lead to? Accoridion Arrow

Upon successful completion of our Arabic language program, students will have attained a high level of proficiency in Arabic, and graduates of this program will be eligible to enrol onto our Higher Arabic and Islamic Studies program.

2. What Language Is The Course Taught In? Accoridion Arrow

The mode of instruction for teaching, learning and assessments will all be in English

3. Are There Any Fees? Accoridion Arrow

The course is completely free.

4. Which Times Does The Course Run? Accoridion Arrow

Applicants may have the option to apply for either the daytime or evening provision for this programme. Classes run from Monday to Thursday and will run between 9:30 - 2:00pm in the daytime and from 6:00pm - 8:30pm in the Evening.

5. Are There Any Holidays? Accoridion Arrow

Yes, there are half-term and end of term holidays. We follow the academic calendar for colleges and schools as set by Birmingham City Council.

6. What Happens After I Apply? Accoridion Arrow

After applying, your name will be added to the class for enrolment. This provision has a limited capacity and students will be added on a first come first served basis.

7. Do I Need To Attend An Interview? Accoridion Arrow

After successful completion of your application, your name will be added to attend this provision. Upon arrival at the campus, a member of administration will reach out to you for your induction.

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Student Destinations

Our graduates progress to postgraduate studies at leading institutes, including:

University of Birmingham
Markfield institute of higher education
Newman University Birmingham