Level 4 CertHE in Islamic Studies (subject to revalidation)

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Start date
Jan 29, 2024
Sep 16, 2024
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Typical offer
3 A-Levels
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1 Years Full-Time
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UK: £


This one-year intensive course is designed for those who want to study Islam in a structured manner to an advanced level covering the key subjects of the Alamiyya programme including classical Arabic. In addition, it covers contemporary content developed in the study of Islam. The course is delivered in a higher education environment and aims to develop a critical understanding of the topics from a range of perspectives. On successfully completing this one-year course, you will gain a recognized qualification: Level 4 Certificate in Higher Education in Islamic Studies.

Who will benefit from this course?

Those with basic knowledge of Islam: It is ideal for those who wish to advance their knowledge of Islam through a structured programme. It is ideal for those taking a gap year and wish to learn the key subjects of an Alamiyya course within one-year of intensive study.

Those who already have an Alamiyya qualification:

Those who have already completed an Alamiyya course can apply to take the assessments only to gain a recognized Level4 Certificate in Higher Education in Islamic Studies, awarded by Newman University.

Course structure

Year One

This is a year-long course on a full time basis which provides 120 credits at Level 4 CertHE in Islamic Studies.

Contact hours

Contact hours or guided learning hours are the number of hours a student will be taught and/or supported by their tutors during their studies. This includes direct teaching, guidance or supervision time. In addition, students are expected to spend additional time to attempt tutor set tasks and reading, completing their assessments, as well as independent study to learn the material covered in order to complete the qualification.

Each module is worth a certain number of credits. Each credit is estimated to be 10 hours of learning. For example, a 20-credit module requires 200 hours of learning, and this will include scheduled contact hours with your tutor(four hours/week online and/or in-person class attendance, and 48 hours over a 12 weeks semester). The remaining time is for the student to engage in tutor guided reading and tasks set for them, and also completing assessments.

The modules will be delivered by blended learning, which employs multiple methods to deliver learning by combining face-to-face interactions with online activities. Face-to-face interactions include lectures, seminars/tutorials, student presentations, and one-to-one support. In addition, students will be expected to engage in independent study to prepare for weekly classes, formative assessments, and coursework for each module..

Teaching staff

Students will be taught by a highly qualified, enthusiastic team of academics with wide-ranging research interests. Their research is used in lectures and seminars so you learn about the latest issues impacting the subject area.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be 18 years or over, possess GCSEs (a pass in English is required), and provide evidence of basic knowledge of Islam and be able to read the Qur’an in Arabic.

Typical A-Level offer: minimum 3 A-Levels (or equivalent) including GCSE Maths and English at grade 4/C or equivalent study at Level 2.

Applications are welcomed from mature students (24+) with non-standard qualifications. We recognize all other equivalent and international qualifications. Those who have already completed their Alamiyya course can apply for the Assessment Only Route. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us on admissions@mihe.ac.uk for further details.

International applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK will need to ensure that they also have an IELTS test from a UKVI approved test centre. Applicants will need to have achieved an average score of 5.5 in their IELTS test (with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four sub-components of language learning (reading, writing, speaking and listening).Please use the following link to find UKVI approved test centres: UKVI approved test centres

Fees and funding

UK and EU
Full-time course per annum. Studying at the Markfield campus.
Full-time course per annum. Studying at the Markfield campus.
What's included? The fees includes registration, tuition, examination/assessment marking and graduation. It excludes: study materials, re-examination, residential accommodation, meals, travel, graduation robes and photographs. Please also note that the tuition fees above are for ONE YEAR of study, and therefore, those on undergraduate programmes that are more than one year, will need to pay the above tuition fees for each year of study.

Career paths

On successfully completing this one-year course, you will gain a recognized qualification: Level 4 Certificate in Higher Education in Islamic Studies. The Level 4 CertHE in Islamic Studies is at the academic equivalent to completing first year of an undergraduate degree. Consequently, this Certificate in Higher Education enables you to progress on to a BA Honours Degree in your preferred subject specialism (e.g., Education, Pastoral Care etc.) at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education. Furthermore this course may also beneficial for students taking their first steps into employment in public or private sector, or for those already in employment and seeking career development opportunities.

How to apply

All prospective students must complete an application form. To gain a place at the Markfield Institute you will need to meet our general entry requirements and the specific entry requirements of your chosen course. Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Team for your course, who will decide whether your application should receive an offer. Specific entrance requirements for individual courses can be found on individual course pages on this website. After considering your application and supporting documents, MIHE will send the candidate an email about the outcome of his/her application. Unsuccessful candidates will be informed by email. All students must complete an application form. If you are unable to complete this form for any reason, please contact admissions@mihe.ac.uk

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