Lifelong Learning Centre

Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies CertHE

(Full time / Part time) 2020 start

Key facts

UCAS code: QT47

Start date:
September 2020

1 year full time
2 years part time

Typical A-Level offer: CCC or equivalent
Full entry requirements

UK/EU fees: See fees section below
International fees: To be confirmed
Financial Support Available

Work Placement: No

Contact us

LLC Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Admissions

0113 343 3212


The Cert HE offers an alternative pathway into higher education and provides intensive support to enable you to reach your full potential. If you are looking to study for a degree in the field of Arabic, Middle Eastern or Islamic Studies and would benefit from the supportive environment of the Lifelong Learning Centre for your first year, then this course is for you.

You’ll develop your knowledge and understanding of Islam, Middle Eastern culture and the Arabic language and build your academic confidence by concentrating on research, critical thinking, writing and communication skills.

Over the course you’ll study a range of core and optional modules designed to encourage you to consider different approaches to ethical issues and reflect upon global and cultural perspectives of Islam and the wider Middle East. The course will also equip you with a wide range of tools for your personal and professional development.

You can study the course either full-time (one year) or part-time (two years). If you chose to study part-time you’ll be taught two days a week.

On successful completion you can progress on to year 2 of one of the following full-time degrees: Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, Arabic and Islamic Studies or Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Studies at the University of Leeds.

Additional support

The Lifelong Learning Centre provides specialist guidance, advice and support to mature and part time students, from pre-application right through to graduation and beyond.

Course content

The course is designed to encourage you to consider different approaches to complex ethical issues and to reflect upon global and cultural perspectives of Islam and the wider Middle East.

On the course you’ll take modules that will give you an excellent grounding in the Arabic language, Islam and Middle Eastern society and culture. You’ll also take a module focusing on personal and academic skills designed to enhance your progression into academia. You’ll study a combination of compulsory and optional modules depending on your intended progression route.

All of our students acquire basic Arabic language skills. Provision is available for students wishing to further their language skills through the delivery of advanced language modules, especially for those wishing to progress onto degrees with a strong Arabic component.

Course structure

Details of typical modules/components for our courses will now be published after July 1st (instead of May 1st), due to current limitations as a result of covid-19. These details may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Discovery modules

Throughout your degree you will benefit from the range of opportunities, expanding your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.

This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: CCC or equivalent

GCSE: English and maths grade C/4 or above, or equivalent

Alternative qualifications

Select an option from the list above to view alternative qualifications.

Access to HE Diploma

60 credits overall with 45 graded credits at Level 3 of which 45 must be a Merit or above.


Merit, Merit, Merit

Additional entry criteria

As well as the academic requirements above, you must live permanently in the UK and meet at least one of the following:

  • Your permanent address is in a neighbourhood with low progression to higher education.
  • You attended a school which achieved less than the national average of five A*-C, 9-4 passes (including English and Maths) at GCSE or attainment score 8 at GCSE. We use the All England State funded attainment 8 score, excluding applicants from selective and/or independent schools.
  • You grew up in public care.

We actively encourage applications from mature students, those who will be over the age of 21 at the point of entry. Further consideration will be given to the life experience of mature applicants and the circumstances in which they gained prior qualifications. All applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited for an interview.

Alternative Entry

Alternative Entry Scheme for mature applicants

If you are a mature applicant (over 21 at the point of entry) and if don't have the required A Levels of GCSE qualifications, you can complete our Alternative Entry Scheme. As part of this, you may be asked to take tests in English and maths and to write an essay. Contact the Lifelong Learning Centre for more information.

If you are a mature student or want to study part-time the Lifelong Learning Centre offers a free, confidential and impartial pre-entry guidance service. Our experienced staff can also talk to you about how you might meet the entry criteria and what support may be available to you.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

How to apply

We will treat all applications individually. We’ll take into account an applicant’s life experience and the circumstances in which they have gained prior qualifications and encourage you to cover these things in your personal statement.

Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions team, and if you’re successful you’ll be invited to an interview. If you’re entering through the Alternative Entry Scheme you’ll be sent details after your interview.

It is also possible to study this programme part time. The programme content is the same but you will study at a lesser intensity. Find out more about how to apply, support available and the part-time student experience at the Lifelong Learning Centre.

Admissions policy

Lifelong Learning Centre Admissions Policy 2021


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: To be confirmed

Undergraduate tuition fees for 2020 entry 
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2020, the fee for 2020/21 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. Fees for UK and non-UK EU undergraduate students are decided by Government and may vary if policy changes.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2020/21 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course.

UK undergraduate tuition fees for 2021 entry 
For UK full-time students starting in 2021, the fee for 2021/22 will be £9,250.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by Government and may vary if policy changes.

EU students starting in 2021/22 
EU students starting their course in the 2021/22 academic year or later will now be classed as international students and so will need to pay the international student tuition fee.

You will study at 50% intensity (60 credits) each year of your course. Fees for 2020/21 are £4,625 (50% of £9,250). The fee you are charged in future years will be calculated as a proportion of the full-time fee agreed for that year.

There are no upfront fees to pay. All eligible students are able to borrow the entire cost of tuition fees making study free at the point of entry, with good repayment terms. You are eligible if you are studying for 30+ credits per year on a programme which is at a higher level than any qualification already held. Previous study in Higher Education may affect your eligibility.

Part-time fees
Fees for part-time courses are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Depending on your circumstances, non-repayable financial support is available from the Leeds Financial Support scheme.

Career opportunities

There is a growing recognition of Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies as areas of great important in our multicultural society. A qualification in this field from the University of Leeds opens a wide range of opportunities for career development in a global market.

On successful completion of the CertHE you can progress onto a range of degree courses in the Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (AIMES) department. For more information about specific career opportunities check the degree course you wish to progress to.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.

The University and the Lifelong Learning Centre provide a range of activities to support LLC students looking to:

  • explore their career options
  • develop or enhance their employability skills
  • gain work or voluntary experience
  • prepare for promotion, review or a role change at work
  • find and apply for jobs

Find out more on the University’s Careers website.

Course Terms and Conditions