In this course, students will study a large content of the material covered in an entire Arabic degree. The year-long course forms the first year of the Sacred Texts Syllabus 4 Year Programme, but can also be studied as an independent Arabic programme. Students will be examined on each science, and awarded marks accordingly. Only students who meet the required competency will be allowed to continue on to the next stage.
The Sacred Texts Syllabus Arabic programme is designed for students motivated by any number of reasons, such as personal enrichment, the serious study of the Islamic tradition, or future academic study. The programme incorporates classical Arabic texts and modern academic rigor within a nourishing spiritual environment. Students complete the programme with the tools to begin a lifelong journey of learning Arabic. It’s teaching methodology is designed for graduates living in non-Arabic societies, but want to engage the Arabic language for spiritual and intellectual enrichment.
This initial stage will equip students with the necessary Arabic skills to translate any Arabic text with the aid of a dictionary and use Arabic to communicate their daily routine
Intensive Arabic Grammar
Students will gain a firm grounding in the skeletal structure of the Arabic language. The approach taken combines traditional methods of teaching classical Arabic with modern techniques developed to teach Arabic to English speakers. Students will be exposed to most of the general paradigms of Arabic grammar, syntax, and morphology, with a firm grasp of the key forms and patterns for the derivation of words, and an overview of the structure of the language
Applied Arabic Grammar
Students will apply their knowledge of Arabic grammar to improve reading comprehension and writing skills. Vocabulary acquisition remains at the heart of the course, with the primary objective of developing advanced reading skills. Students will read and analyse challenging extracts from both classical and contemporary texts and refine their skills in translating from both Arabic to English and English to Arabic. Students will also begin to develop Arabic listening and speaking skills
Arabic Stories & Fables
Students will study selected stories from a wide range of books
Grammatica Arabica 1
Students will study our Arabic grammar course text “Grammatica Arabica”, which is based on a number of classical texts. Students will gain substantial knowledge of the most-used agents in Arabic grammar, with an explanation of their effect on the cases of nouns and verbs
This module is designed to help students develop and refine their writing skills, focusing on the structure of Arabic sentences and paragraphs, and the cohesive links between them.
Grammatica Arabica 2
Students will study our Arabic grammar course text “Grammatica Arabica”, which is based on a number of classical texts. Students will gain substantial knowledge of the most-used agents in Arabic grammar, with an explanation of their effect on the cases of nouns and verbs.
Students focus on the grammar and vocabulary necessary to comprehend selected chapters of the Holy Qur’an with the supervision of a teacher. Students will be provided a taste of the Qur’an, its beauty, its depth, and most importantly its practicality. A surah such as “al-Kahf (the cave)” will be covered and analysed in detail with a view to applying all skills and knowledge acquired thus far in the course.
We introduced Distance Learning in 2015 as an option for students interested in joining the course but do not have the means to attend in person. In 2017, we will be introducing new technologies to further enhance the Distance Learning experience for students.
I do not live anywhere near the venues, can I still apply for Sacred Texts?
Unlike previous years, we now offer distant learning as an alternative to personal attendance. This, however, is only open to students that can satisfactorily demonstrate the following:
a) They cannot attend in person on a continuous basis
b) Having a personal commitment to keep up with the workload
c) Willingness to participate in all classes and keep us informed where they cannot attend (including lateness or early finishes) as per our attendance policy.
What support is in place for me as a distance learner?
As a distance learner, you are as valued to us as any of the attendees. The support we can offer you is as follows:
1. All classes will be streamed live through the adobe connect online learning platform (http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html). In addition to this, the whiteboard will be live streamed through e-beam’s edge technology (http://www.e-beam.com/home.html). All previous class recordings will be available for online students.
2. All class materials will be emailed to you and mandatory textbooks sent via post. Both materials and p&p are covered in the course fees so you will not have to worry about any added fees.
3. You will have access to the Online digital library for notes.
4. Pre-recorded tutorial videos are available for some of the modules to assist students.
5. All students are added to watsapp groups consisting of approximately 5-8 students aided by one of our teaching assistants to aid and help the students as much as possible throughout the year.
What additional challenges will I face as a distance learner?
Regardless of whether you are a distance learner or not, Sacred Texts is a challenging syllabus that requires commitment and discipline. As a distance learner, it is all the harder to find dedicated time to self-study and to keep motivated, especially when you may not get the same opportunity as others to bond and interact with fellows students. Classes can also feel a little impersonal, especially when you do not have the opportunity to meet your tutors in real life.
Although these are a few the challenges that you may face, we can help make things easier by:
i) prioritising your correspondence where possible
ii) giving you the chance to ask and answer questions during the live sessions and interact with the tutors.
Although we will try our level best to mitigate these obstacles and keep you as involved as possible, naturally these are challenges you will have to be prepared for.
Do I have to pay the same amount as students that attend in person?
No. Although the amount of teaching time, work, and expectation will be exactly the same, we recognise that distant learning brings with it many challenges, and is not ideal. Also, this option is only open to students that cannot attend in person. so the reduced fee is our way of encouraging students to not let distance become a barrier to learning.
For further details about fees, please visit the ‘Fees and Financial Support’ section of the website.
- To be familiar and have the ability to read the letters of the Arabic language, without comprehension. One is not required to have any prior vocabulary or arabic writing skills.
- To be dedicated, mature, serious, sincere and passionate about studying the Arabic language
- Applicants must be 16 or over.
How much is the Sacred Texts Course fee?
Sacred Texts is committed to providing the highest calibre of teaching and learning, and delivering sustained investment in your wider student experience. Therefore, the rate of fees is set at £995 for the academic year 2019/20. Students opting for distant learning have a reduction.
All pricing is based on a single academic year.
In Class Learning
Why do you charge fees?
Your fees allow us to invest in all the best resources out there to create the perfect syllabus package for you. Like any good syllabus, we are constantly looking for new texts and innovative learning tools to improve and this, naturally, has a financial consequence.
What do the course fees cover?
The course fees cover the following:
- All mandatory texts
- Handouts (selected notes)
- Online forum access
Do all students have to pay the annual fee?
All students are required to pay the full fees, with the exception of those who have applied for the bursary and are accepted. For students approved for a bursary, they may only have to pay as little as 25% of the annual fee.
Tell me more about the bursary
For perspective students who may require some financial help, Sacred Texts has set up a bursary scheme to help alleviate any financial strains and allow you to focus on your studies. A bursary is a discretionary payment that covers most or part of your annual fee providing you meet a specified criteria. The amount of bursary, the eligibility and the process, varies from one organisation to another.
The Sacred Text Bursary, like all other bursaries, is a discretionary payment that covers up to 75% of the student fee. Students must reapply each year for the bursary, and successful applications are based on the circumstances at the time of application, with the applicants most in need being given preference. This does not guarantee you a bursary every year.
How can I apply?
Applications are made directly to the Administration office, and will only be considered after you have successfully passed the application stage. At that stage, you will be sent more details about the bursary, along with an interview date.
Please note: Eligibility to apply does not mean you will definitely receive a bursary. The amount of bursary you receive will depend on a number of factors:
- Your current financial situation
- Your family circumstances / multiple incomes
- The number of bursaries requested in the academic year
A student may receive the full bursary amount they have requested, or a part bursary which covers a percentage of the amount requested. To have the best chance of receiving a bursary, you should be as honest as possible on the bursary form, and only request the amount that you actually need.
If you have any specific questions that have not been answered, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our admin team will be in touch.