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: 7/8 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 and wish to further their Islamic education.

Course Length

Full-Time: 2 Years

Part-Time: 3 Years

Arabic Intensive Course

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

Course Length

Full-Time: 1 Year

Part-Time: 1 Year

Study Options

This can be studied 

This is available

Students can choose to study the entire Alimiyyah course, or the first year only as an Arabic Intensive, or the first two/three years as the Sanatayn or Post-Maktab Course.

Alimiyyah & Arabic Intensive Explained

Arabic Intensive Course and Alimiyyah Course

Syllabus Overview

Full-Time Syllabus

Part-Time Syllabus

Much of our curriculum in the first three years are exclusive Al-Qalam publications - please find explanations and examples of these texts on our Resources page.

Class Timings

All classes run Monday to Friday. 

We offer two timing options to cater for different audiences.

All times listed below are UK times. 

For details of international time zones, please click here


Brothers and Sisters

9:10 am - 12:30 p


In the 5th and 6th years, students may be required to attend classes outside class hours to complete the books of Tafsir and Hadith.

Students in the 6th year will also have to attend classes during the summer to complete the books of Hadith.

Part-Time Options

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

Even though all the subjects are taught, 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 

Sisters  (1 Option)

5:00 pm - 7:25 pm


Class times may shift 10-15 minutes throughout the year to accommodate Asr and Maghrib 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, Easter, and summer

The new academic year begins on Tuesday, 29th 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 - 3 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.

Any student with less than 80% attendance will not be allowed to progress to the next year.

Additional Study

For the full-time course, some study outside of scheduled class time; for reviewing and preparing lessons, is expected.

Online Classes

Onsite classes are conducted in conjunction with our online students, providing all students 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 class exercises, ask and answer questions, both onsite or online. Attendance is essential in making progress and truly benefitting from the course and teachers. Therefore, Al-Qalam Institute does not provide recorded classes and we encourage you to participate fully in class.

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


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.

Requirements for Online Studies

Further Information

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

If you have any further questions, we don't have any scheduled open days but you are welcome to contact us

If you would like to visit us, or to speak to a staff member or a student, please get in touch and we can arrange this for you.


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. 

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Application Deadline

The deadline for application is 25th August 2023. 

If places are taken up, applications will be closed earlier. 


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