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Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

A part-time pathway to degree-level study with the Department of Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Leeds.

Why take this course?

This course is ideal for you if you want a flexible and relevant part-time programme studying Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.

On successful completion of the course you can progress to the second year of a Bachelors Degree with the Department of Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.

What qualifications do I need?

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and are keen to support those who have the potential to succeed but whose personal circumstances may have affected their levels of achievements. We ask for GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above and 3 A levels at grade C or above or equivalent (for example, an Access to Higher Education diploma with a strong profile of merits at level 3).

If you are a mature learner and you don't have formal qualifications please talk to us as alternative entry routes are available.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you are not sure about the suitability of your qualifications as we will be happy to discuss this with you.

Further Information

Comprehensive support available

Financial Support

There are no upfront fees and we offer generous, non-repayable financial support (depending on your circumstances).

Studying here

Teaching is only one afternoon a week so you can fit in your studies alongside work and family commitments. You will be taught by friendly and supportive staff who have experience working with adult learners.

Relevant Topics

As a student of an internationally renowned university you will have access to a range of world-class facilities.

"Initially, I was very anxious because I had been out of education for so long, but I managed to get into it quite quickly. I think it helped that members of staff are very approachable and available for help and advice."

(Shazia: Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies student)

Course Details

Our Certificate of Higher Education (CHE) in Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies represents the first level of an undergraduate degree. The CHE is designed to broaden your knowledge in a variety of disciplines related to Islam and the Middle East, encouraging you to consider and reflect upon different approaches and perspectives. In addition to extending your academic confidence the course will build your research, critical thinking and communications skills, equipping you with a wide range of tools for your personal and professional development.

You will study part-time for two years with the Lifelong Learning Centre before moving onto full-time study (a 2+2 degree). On successful completion of the CHE you could progress onto level 2 of the following degrees in the Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies department at the University of Leeds:

  • Islamic Studies BA
  • Middle Eastern Studies BA
  • Arabic and Islamic Studies BA (with year abroad option)
  • Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies BA (with year abroad option)