Our Courses

We offer the entire Alimiyyah course. This can be studied in full or partially at different levels:


This is the entire Alimiyyah course. 

Course Length

Full-Time: 6 Years 

Part-Time: 7 Years

Sanatayn Course and Post-Maktab Course

This course is the foundational two years of the Alimiyyah course which can be studied as a stand-alone course. 

Suitable for students who have completed their maktab studies (basic Islamic education) and wish to further their Islamic education

Students will study Arabic and Quran Translation, Selected Ahadith, Seerah and Fiqh using Arabic textbooks.

Course Length

Full-Time: 2 Years

Part-Time: 3 Years

Arabic Intensive Course

This course is the first year of the Alimiyyah course which can be studied as a stand-alone course. 

Suitable for those who wish to study Arabic as a stand-alone course. 

Course Length

1 Year

Course Overview 



Study Options

The course can be studied 

This is available

Class Timings

All classes run from Monday to Friday. 

We offer different timing options to cater for different audiences.

All times listed below are UK times. 

For details of international time zones, please click here

Day-Time Darul Uloom

Brothers Only

9:10 am - 2:10 pm (Classes)

5:25 pm - 8:30 pm (Revision Sessions/Takrar and Mutala'a) 



Year 1-2

9:10 am - 12:30 p

Year 3-6

9:10 am - 1:00 p


Year 1-2

9:10 am - 12:30 p

Year 3-6

9:10 am - 1:00 p

Part-Time Options

To accommodate those unable to attend the main course, we also offer the course part-time. 

In the part-time class, even though all the subjects are taught, the classes are less intense and less material is covered due to the shorter hours.

The options for the part-time are as follows:

Brothers (3 Options)

5:00 pm - 7:25 pm

5:50 pm - 8:15 pm

6:15 pm - 8:40 pm 


5:00 pm - 7:25 pm


Class times may shift 10-15 minutes throughout the year to accommodate Asr, Maghrib and Isha salah.

Term Dates

The academic year runs from the last week of August until mid-July

There are no classes in Ramadhan.

Holidays are winter, spring, and summer

The new academic year begins on Tuesday, 27th August 2023.

Click here to view the year planner.


Examinations and coursework provide valuable opportunities to solidify understanding and are therefore a requirement for each student.

At the end of each term, there is a revision period followed by examinations. 

The pass mark for Years 1 - 2 is 80%.

The pass mark for Years 3 - 6 is 70%.

Any student who does not achieve the pass mark will not be allowed to progress to the following year.


Regular attendance is essential. Frequent absences will be detrimental to students' progress, as our FAQ below explains.

Students with less than 90% attendance may not be allowed to progress to the next year.

Additional Study

Some study outside of scheduled class time for reviewing and preparing lessons is expected.


Details for fees can be viewed here.


General Requirements

Applicants need to have enough understanding of English that they can easily understand the lessons.

A measure of this would be their ability to understand the explanation in any of the videos.

Online Classes

The online option is only recommended for students residing outside of Leicester.

We highly stress that students from Leicester attend classes onsite. Only under exceptional circumstances should students join the online sessions.

Depending on the number of students,  the online classes are conducted either in conjunction with our onsite classes, or they are provided independently. 

In each case, all students are provided an opportunity to ask questions and directly benefit from our teachers.

Learning Setup

A PC/laptop or tablet with a reasonably sized screen and stable internet connection are essential for online learning. 

Students will need access to a microphone to participate in class and access to a printer for classwork and exams. 

We highly recommend students study in a quiet area without background noise or disruptions.


Attendance in class is interactive. Our students partake in exercises, ask and answer questions, both onsite and online. Attendance is essential in making progress and truly benefitting from the course and teachers. 

Therefore, Al-Qalam Institute does not provide recorded classes

Students should ensure they attend classes daily, and any classes missed due to absences should be reviewed with classmates. 

Further Information

We have included all the information on our courses that we can.

If you have any further questions, you are welcome to contact us

If you would like to visit us, please get in touch, and we can arrange this for you.


Joining Higher Years

We only accept applicants for the first year. We do not accept applications for any other year, even if the student has completed their Arabic studies elsewhere.

Living Accommodation

We do not provide living accommodation. 

Our classes are primarily for students residing in Leicester and students joining online.

Foreign Students

We are unable to assist foreign students in acquiring a UK visa.


We are unable to provide scholarships. All students must pay the full fees. 

Joining Selected Classes

We are unable to provide an option for students to attend selected classes. Students who enrol must attend the full course. 

Will I learn to speak Arabic?

Managing Expectations

Changing Institutes

Arabic is Not Necessary For Everyone


Application Deadline

The application deadline for the academic year 2023-2024 has now passed.

Applications for the academic year 2024-2025 will open on 1st June, 2024, inshallah.


To apply or view details regarding the application process, click here.