Our Courses

We offer the full Alimiyyah course in three levels, each of which can be studied independently.

Course Overview 




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 initial two years of the Alimiyyah program and can be pursued independently.

It is designed for students who have completed their basic Islamic education (maktab studies) and wish to deepen Islamic education

Students will study classical Arabic, followed by Quran Translation, Selected Ahadith, Seerah and Fiqh all taught through 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. 

Course Length

1 Year

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 - 2:30 pm (Classes)

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

Exemption from Takrar and Mutala'a session can be discussed on a case by case basis.


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 a part-time option. 

In the part-time class, all subjects are covered, but the classes are less intense and less material is covered due to the reduced 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 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 in the last Wednesday of August.

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%.

Students who do not achieve the pass mark may 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 recommended only for students residing outside of Leicester. 

We strongly encourage Leicester-based students to attend classes in person, with online attendance reserved for exceptional circumstances. 

Depending on enrollment, online classes may either run alongside onsite classes or be offered separately. In both scenarios, all students have the 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.


In our classes, student engagement is paramount. Through interactive exercises, both in-person and online, students actively participate by asking and answering questions.

Regular attendance is crucial for making substantial progress and reaping the full benefits of the course and our teachers.

Therefore, Al-Qalam Institute does not provide recorded classes

Students are encouraged to attend classes daily. 

In the event of any absences, it’s essential to review missed material with classmates. This approach ensures that everyone stays on track and benefits fully from the learning experience.

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

Should you wish to visit us, please contact us to arrange an appointment.


Joining Higher Years

While we welcome applicants for the first year, unfortunately, we do not accept applications for other years—even if a student has completed 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 cannot assist foreign students in acquiring a UK visa.


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

Joining Selected Classes

Our enrollment process requires students to attend the full course; attending specific classes separately is not an option.


Students who anticipate frequent class absences will likely struggle to keep pace with the course. It is advisable for them to either join our institute when they can commit to full attendance or explore other institutions with more flexible hours.

Will I learn to speak Arabic?

Managing Expectations

Changing Institutes

Arabic is Not Necessary For Everyone

Patience in Acquisition of Knowledge

Unique Points and Student Feedback

Considerations Before Joining Islamic Courses


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