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Diploma in Arabic Language

Upper intermediate/ advanced

This 1-year programme in Arabic Language is designed to consolidate your previous knowledge at an upper intermediate to advanced level. You will be exposed to Arabic language, as spoken by native speakers, both in professional and day to day life situations.

  • Tuition fees: £1,980
  • Programme level: SCQF level 10, Upper intermediate/advanced
  • Start date: September or January
  • Study mode: Full-time, Part-time
  • Duration: 1 year

What will I study?

The Diploma in Arabic Language develops the language skills learned in the Certificate in Arabic Language. Practical knowledge will be developed in the four key areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

This programme is designed to offer students the knowledge of Arabic in a range of topics such as child labour, violence against children, women’s rights in the West and in the Arab world, addiction, arts, migration, brain drain and education in Arab world. It will also offer a comparison between Standard Arabic and regional dialects as well as knowledge of Arabic cinema, media and films and Arabic literature.

You will develop the necessary skills to converse effectively and appropriately during discussions, lectures, interviews, and debates. You will also be expected to read and comprehend original Arabic materials dealing with a range of social, political and economic issues. 

The programme seeks to consolidate the fundamentals of Arabic grammar at an advanced level. The course is organised around communicative and interactive activities that will allow students to build skills in the most effective way. 

This programme is designed to develop your knowledge, confidence, and communication skills at level B2/C1 on the Common European Framework Reference (CEFR).


What will I learn?

  • Develop your skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing with fluency and confidence to engage with a variety of topics for different purposes, situations and audiences
  • Develop your 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
  • Develop your linguistic and cognitive skills to become an independent Arabic speaker for professional and personal enrichment
  • Train you to compose descriptive, discursive and narrative texts on a range of topics using varied grammatical structures and Arabic expressions
  • Provide exposure to different topics throughout the programme to develop your insight into the nature of Arabic culture and society and improve your intercultural competence

Programme information

Entry requirements

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English Language requirements 

Teaching takes place in English and Arabic and you must demonstrate that their English language proficiency is at a level that will allow you to follow your intended programme successfully.

If English is not your first language you must hold a qualification as evidence of your English language skills. Full details of the qualifications we accept, can be found here.

Student Visa requirements for study in the UK

International students looking to study in the UK should note that Arabic Language programmes are not eligible for Student Visa sponsorship.

Full entry requirement information can be found here

Arabic speakers are in greater demand then ever before. Those who study Arabic can find careers in fields such as journalism, business and industry, education, finance and banking, translation and interpretation, consulting, working for local councils or for international organisations.

Graduates might also pursue further studies in translation and Middle Eastern studies.


Teaching & assessment

Each 20-credit unit compromises 200 hours of learning. Each semester consists of 6 hours of teaching and 40 minutes of activities a week. The delivery of this unit will be based on a series of seminars, group discussions/ presentations, virtual learning and tutoring supported by the College materials, information from a reading list, and online materials.

In addition to the contact hours, 6 hours of self-study and 40 minutes of preparation for the activities a week should be devoted by students to complete work assigned by the tutor.

Each unit contains different themes based on the level. Within each theme, you will learn a set of vocabulary and grammar topic and will develop your language skills through reading, listening, writing and speaking tasks related to the theme introduced.

The programme is taught through a naturalistic and communicative approach, learning not only the language but also Arabic culture.

Assessment will include two tests, a writing assignment and a final exam (per unit). Each test will concentrate on vocabulary and grammar with the final exam including all four skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The writing assignment is composed of 300-350 words in level 9 and 400-450 words in level 10. Students are also required to present a topic of their choice in Arabic. 


You should apply directly using the College online application system and your application will usually be assessed within 3 working days. We my contact you to provide further information or to invite you to a short informal interview.

Please make sure you have the following information before starting your application:

  • Academic transcripts and qualification certificates
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if required)
  • Passport details
  • Referee details

We consider all aspects of the application: academic qualifications, personal statement and references.

All correspondence will be sent from after an application of study has been submitted and you should direct any questions there.

Unit information

Arabic as a foreign language 9

This unit provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate your speaking skills necessary to understand and communicate in Arabic and comprehend the language confidently, effectively, precisely and appropriately. The unit will enable you to understand most of the details of spoken language of various kinds (lectures, conversations, radio and television broadcasts) at upper intermediate/ advanced level. It will also provide training to become critical readers of a range of authentic texts/articles (literary and journalistic) dealing with a variety of topics; and provide you with the opportunity to compose descriptive, discursive and narrative essays about various topics using complex and diverse language.

Arabic as a foreign language 10

This unit will enable you to communicate effectively and appropriately in a variety of fields (business, literature, humanities, and politics), and allow you to listen to and understand reports and commentaries in those fields, presented in Arabic. You will also get the opportunity to read and understand original Arabic materials on a range of topics, and practice different writing styles (for example formal letter, news reports, presentations).

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