Middle Eastern Studies (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Middle Eastern Studies (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

School of Language and Global Studies




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
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  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    T601; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This flexible 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.  

Entry Requirements

72 Points at A2
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course with 72 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate - 24P
IELTS grade 6 with no score lower than 5.5
5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 inc Maths & English or equivalent.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.


Course at a Glance

Foundation Year modules

Essential Study Skills for Higher Education 
Developing Academic Knowledge
Skills for Language Students
Foundation in TESOL
Introduction to Area Studies

Optional Modules

  • Introduction to Literature
  • Introduction to English Language and Linguistics
  • Extended Course Essay

Compulsory Modules

AK1010 Double Arabic language module
AK1005 Middle Eastern Folklore
RB1005 Introduction to Islam
AK1002 Middle Eastern History & Contemporary Society
A Language elective, Level 1 (Farsi, Turkish, Russian, Urdu or Hebrew)



AK2000 Single Language module
AK2001 Single Language module
AK2002 Single Language /Middle Eastern dialects


PO2110 History of Political ideas
RB2006 Qur’anic Studies: Revelation & Reformation
RB2000 Fundamentalism & Cultural Heritage
AK2005 Arabic and the Written Word*
AK2004 Contemporary Female Middle Eastern Writers
AK2006 The Middle East through Music and Film
ML2882 Period Abroad


AK3000 Single Language module
AK3001 Single Language module
AK3003 Arabic-English Translation
ML3990 Single Dissertation, OR
ML 3995 Double dissertation



IR3001 Ethics, War and Society
PO3112 Contemporary Anglo-American Political Philosophy
RB3007 Religion, Media and Culture
RB3005 Political Islam & Islamic Movements
AK3004 Arabic for Business
AK3005 Middle Eastern Literature in English

Further Information


  • Theory and Practice of Interpreting and Translation
  • Interpreting Methodologies;
  • The Influence of Language post 9/11
  • International political theory, continental philosophy and sociology of religion
  • Islamic Manuscripts, Jurisprudence and Thought
  • Islamic Philosophy and Islamic Finance
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Political philosophies


  • ​Cultural Integration and Identity and Cross-Cultural Business Communication;
  • Arabic and World Cinema;
  • Integrating Personal Development Planning and Study Skills into the Curriculum;
  • Applied Language Teaching;
  • Second Language Acquisition;
  • The Links between Language Learning and Cultural Acquisition;
  • Intercultural Communication;
  • Assessment, Testing and Quality Enhancement



Language Laboratory

Worldwise Learning Centre

The Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries and the School of Language and Global Studies embrace a communicative approach to teaching. Whilst we place emphasis on the acquisition of a high-level of communicative competence in Arabic, this is in the context of a commitment to the intellectual development of students. It is the aim of our course to impart a knowledge base, extend students’ capacities for analysis, critical awareness and evaluation, and develop intellectual and personal skills through discussion, debate and argument of issues arising from the materials studied. In addition, we aim to develop important transferable skills, for instance problem-solving, presentation and team-working skills, which can be applied to a wide range of situations.

The School stresses the value of the active engagement of its students in the learning process. We actively promote a student-centred approach to teaching and learning. Students are encouraged at all levels to share responsibility for their own learning and to acquire skills in understanding how they learn.

Lectures will be reinforced through visiting scholars or special guest speakers related to the course, plus occasional field trips through travel bursaries or grants.

Research and teaching in the School are interchangeable. This means that you will be taught by members of staff who are engaged in a wide range of research projects, ensuring that your learning experience with us will be informed by relevant and cutting-edge research. The teaching and research interests of staff within the School cover a broad spectrum.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2019/20

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries