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Academic Requirements

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Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education is a place where potential and ability are valued over background or ethnicity and is committed to creating a diverse student body. We believe further and higher education should be available and welcome to all. 

All applications will be assessed on individual merit and will take into account your personal statement and work experience as well as academic qualifications. This helps to ensure that we attract the best and brightest students regardless of background. 

We accept a wide range of academic qualifications and understand that not all students will have traditional qualifications. Students who do not meet the formal entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be invited to attend an interview. 

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Academic entry requirements

Entry requirements

Full entry requirements can be found below and on each programme page.

Programme of study SCQF level Is previous knowledge needed Entry requirements
Introductory Certificate in Arabic Language 5 No Progress test* after 4 weeks of study
Certificate in Arabic Language 7 Yes Equivalent to SCQF level 6 in Arabic & entry test** OR

Successful completion of Introductory Certificate in Arabic Language***

Diploma in Arabic Language 9 Yes Equivalent to SCQF level 8 in Arabic & Entry test** OR

Successful completion of the Certificate Arabic Language***

Advanced Diploma in Islamic Studies 10 No 2 Higher or equivalent
Diploma in Moral Economy & Sustainable Development 11 No An honours degree from a UK university or equivalent

Relevant work experience would be beneficial

Executive Diploma in Islamic Finance & Entrepreneurship 11 No An honours degree from a UK university or equivalent

Relevant work experience would be beneficial

Professional Diploma in Islamic Banking & Finance 11 No An honours degree from a UK university or equivalent

Relevant work experience would be beneficial

HNC in Business (year 1) 7 No 2 Highers or equivalent and National 5 Maths or equivalent
HND in Business (year2) 8 No Successful completion of the HNC in Business plus HNC requirements
HNC Management & Leadership (year 1) 7 No 2 Highers or equivalent and National 5 Maths or equivalent

Relevant work experience would be beneficial

Diploma Management & Leadership (year 2) 8 No Successful completion of the HNC in Management & Leadership plus the HNC requirements

*Progress test pass mark of 65/100
**Entry test pass mark of 65/100
*** Successful completion is a pass mark of 65/100

Arabic Language qualifications
Previous knowledge and qualifications

If you are unsure what level you are at, you can use the following table to assess your prior knowledge:

SCQF level   CEFR level     Entry requirements Equivalence in classroom learning
SCQF5 A1 None No prior experience of learning the language – this course is for complete beginners
SCQF6 A2 A1 100 teaching hours with an overall grade of 65/100 or summer course level 1
SCQF7 B1 A2/A2+ At least 200 teaching hours with an overall grade of 65/100 or summer course level 2
SCQF8 B1+/B2 B1 At least 300 teaching hours with an overall grade of 65/100
SCQF9 B2/B2+ B1+/B2 At least 400 teaching hours with an overall grade of 65/100
SCQF10 B2+/C1 borderline B2/B2+ At least 500 teaching hours with an overall grade of 65/100
Al-Maktoum College summer and short courses
These programmes may be used as a pathway to apply to study on the Certificate in Arabic Language. You will however, be required to sit an entry test before being accepted onto the programme. This is due to there being no formal tests or exams included in the intensive programmes (summer school/language & culture).
 
Interviews

Students may be interviewed as part of the application process. We will contact you by email and provide details of how to attend the interview, either taking place face-to-face in the College or virtually using Microsoft Teams or Zoom.  

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Qualifications from other educational institutions may be accepted; based on number of hours, levels, date of qualification/certificate. Email admissions@almcollege.ac.uk for more information