University of Central Lancashire

Middle Eastern Studies (Foundation Entry) University of Central Lancashire Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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This programme specialising in Middle-Eastern culture, society, and language(s) offers you the opportunity to become an expert on Arabic language and Middle Eastern culture, religion and politics. The course reflects the increasingly critical domain of international relations and religion and addresses contemporary issues, such as religious conflict associated with social problems emerging in the current global order.

You can enhance your language skills and cultural understanding during the optional period abroad.

Arabic is the core language, but you can mix with other modules based on your preference.

Lecturers have links with the industry; they use research in their teaching to make it more innovative.

This course is designed to enhance your employment opportunities, particularly if you are seeking work in the Middle East or with international organisations, the media, politics or security. Former students have gone to work in recruitment, teaching in the UK and overseas.

Course details


Year 1: Compulsory; Essential Study Skills for Higher Education, Developing Academic Knowledge, Foundation in TESOL, Introduction to Area Studies, Skills for Language Students. Optional; Introduction to Language and Linguistics, Introduction to Literature, Extended Course Essay

Year 2: Compulsory; Double Arabic language module, Middle Eastern Folklore, Introduction to Islam, Middle Eastern History & Contemporary Society, A Language elective, Level 1 (Farsi, Turkish, Russian, Urdu or Hebrew)

Year 3: Compulsory; Single Language module, Single Language module, Single Language/Middle Eastern dialects. Optional; History of Political ideas, Qur’anic Studies: Revelation & Reformation, Fundamentalism & Cultural Heritage, Arabic and the Written Word, Contemporary Female Middle Eastern Writers, The Middle East through Music and Film, Period Abroad

Year 4: Compulsory; Single Language module, Single Language module, Arabic-English Translation, Single Dissertation, OR Double dissertation. Optional; Ethics, War and Society, Contemporary Anglo-American Political Philosophy, Religion, Media and Culture, Political Islam & Islamic Movements, Arabic for Business, Middle Eastern Literature in English

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code T601
Institution code C30
Campus name Main Site
Campus code U

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 72 points
A level 72 UCAS points at A2
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP
Access to HE Diploma 72 UCAS points
Scottish Higher 72 UCAS points
AS Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Pass IB Diploma including 72 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 72 UCAS points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DM
Scottish Advanced Higher 72 UCAS points

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no component score less than 5.5 (To have been taken within two years of the course commencement date)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £5,500 Year 1
EU £5,500 Year 1
England £5,500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5,500 Year 1
Scotland £5,500 Year 1
Wales £5,500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note fees for the foundation year will be £5,500, and then £9,250 per year for the remainder of the course. *subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Provider information

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University of Central Lancashire

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