Applications Closed

Please note that applications for the academic year 2022-2023 are now closed.

We offer two courses: an Alimiyyah and an Arabic Intensive, both of which can be studied part-time or full-time.

Please find details for each below.

Our classes are open to both male and female students, both onsite and online.

Alimiyyah & Arabic Intensive Explained

Studying classical Islamic sciences with rigour requires strong foundations in Arabic.

This led to the design of our Alimiyyah programme having Arabic at its core; the Arabic Intensive course.

Along with establishing these essential principles in Arabic, our course encompasses the standard Dars Nizami structure.

Students have the option to study our Arabic Intensive as a stand-alone two-year course or to opt for the full six-year Alimiyyah course.

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 - 1:00 pm

  • Seven lessons (30 minutes each)

  • Naseehah (10 minutes)

  • Break (10 minutes)


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:


5:00 pm - 7:25 pm

5:50 pm - 8:15 pm

6:15 pm - 8:40 pm

  • Five Lessons (25 minutes each)

  • Naseehah (10 minutes)

  • Salah (10 minutes)


5:00 pm - 7:25 pm

  • Five Lessons (25 minutes each)

  • Naseehah (10 minutes)

  • Salah (10 minutes)


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 for full details of term dates.


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.

Attendance & Additional Study

Regular attendance is essential. Classes run productively and punctually. Frequent absences will be detrimental to students' progress, as we explain in our FAQ below.

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

  • Fluency in the English language

  • Ability to read Quran and Arabic with reasonable accuracy

  • Ability to write the Arabic letters

  • Studied basic Islamic knowledge (how to perform wudhu, salah etc.)

  • Over the age of 14

Requirements for Online Studies

  • Computer/Laptop

  • Printer

  • Stable internet connection

  • Microphone

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.


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Managing Expectations


Application Year

Even though we offer the entire course, we only accept applications for the first and second years. We do not accept applicants for other years.

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.