Course Overview

UK Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
Duration 4 or 5 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with Foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster.

Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our Foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us.

The Foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development and you will also take modules from areas closely related to your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course.

On successful completion of the Foundation year, you will be able to move on to study for the Arabic and Global Communication BA Honours degree.

Our Arabic and Global Communication BA develops your knowledge of the Arabic language and culture, and develops your communication skills for the professional global environment.

Our course helps you to achieve a good or high level of linguistic proficiency in Arabic in reading, writing, listening and speaking. It also gives you insight into and practice in communicating internationally as well as mediating between English and Arabic speakers.

The curriculum integrates applied language skills and cultural studies, while ensuring a rigorous development of your foreign language competence in all areas. We teach in an integrated interdisciplinary way, exploring the connections between language and culture and the broader historical and cross-cultural contexts in which they are produced. 

You'll improve your ability as an intercultural communicator by studying how our ideas are shaped and communicated in a global society, where our interactions are no longer confined by national, regional or cultural boundaries.

Studying the Arabic and Global Communication BA, you'll acquire qualities and skills in areas such as interpersonal communication and organisational skills, analysis and argument, autonomy and team working, and team management. You’ll also build your flexibility, tolerance and organisational skills to enable you to be an effective international communicator. On graduation, you'll be able to thrive linguistically in diverse cultural situations.

Between Years 2 and 3, You'll have the option to spend a full academic year abroad at one of our partner institutions, or undertake an approved form of employment in a country where Arabic is the official language. You can work as a paid language assistant in a foreign school or undertake a work (or volunteering) placement, both of which give you a valuable opportunity to boost your employability while improving your language competence. 

You can also undertake a study placement at one of our university partners in Europe, Canada, China or Latin America, or at one of our accredited Arabic language centres in Morocco or Jordan. You'll have the option to undertake a combination of both study and work. 

Our Arabic courses are only available to beginners or 'false beginners' – you may be a false beginner if you're able to read the Arabic script, and/or have the equivalent to one or two years' part-time study. Please note that we may need to test you to decide your entry point.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Enhance your language skills abroad – You'll have the option to spend a full academic year abroad in your third year, or shorter periods ranging from a few days to a full semester
  • Get career-ready – Our course strengthens your communication skills and gives you practice in transferring these to the world of work
  • Understand multiple forms of communication – You'll learn how to read between the lines and really understand how we're influenced by the messages around us – on TV, in advertising, and across other media
  • Multicultural focus – We use our students' different cultural experiences to discover what it means to be an intercultural communicator

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include: 

  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Imagining Global Society and Politics
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development 
  • Reading Identities
  • Living and working in Arabic speaking countries

There are no optional or elective modules offered at Level 3, as the focus is on the development of key academic skills through a broad understanding of social sciences and humanities.

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Intercultural Communication: an Introduction
  • Interpersonal Global Communication: Concepts and Strategies
  • Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture
  • Objects and Meaning: World Cultures in London Galleries and Museums
  • The Arabic World and the Word

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Complex Narratives: Representation, Meaning and Identity
  • Culture(s) and Conflict(s): Representations of War, Conflict and Revolution across World Cultures
  • Expressions of Arabic Culture
  • Language, Power and Institutions: Decoding Dominant Narratives
  • Multilingual e-Collaboration: Transposing Current Affairs
  • Transnational Issues and Local Cultures on Film

Credit Level 5

Between Years 2 and 3 you'll have the option to spend a full academic year abroad at a partner institution and/or approved form of employment in a country where Arabic is the official language.

Subjects of study include:

  • Developing Career Competences for Linguists
  • Dissertation/Professional Project
  • Dreaming the Same Dream? Concepts of Happiness across Cultures
  • Gender Matters: Femininities, Masculinities and Trans-Cultural Practice
  • Narrating the Other: Politics and Literature
  • People and Things on the Move: Identity, Place and Memory in and across Diasporic Spaces
  • Professionalising Global Communication
  • Themes in Contemporary Arabic Studies

Credit Level 6

Professional recognition

The University of Westminster is a Higher Education Language partner of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers and support you to achieve your full potential.

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Boost your employability

Arabic was the fourth most desired language by employers in 2019, according to a report by CBI/Pearson.

Source: CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey report 2019.

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Futureproof your career

The British Council named Arabic as the fourth most important language for the future in 2017. 

Source: British Council.

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International experience

Gain work experience while developing your language skills by taking part in a semester or an academic year working or volunteering in n Arabic-speaking country, such as Jordan or Morocco. 

Industry links 

Guest speakers join us from a range of companies, organisations and agencies, which in the past have included:

  • Arab Weekly
  • Migration Museum Project
  • Rethink Rebuilt Society
  • The Museum of Brands
  • World Bank

Work experience

You have the opportunity to spend an optional year abroad working or volunteering in an Arabic-speaking country. Previous destinations have included Jordan, Morocco and Egypt.

Job roles

This course will prepare you for roles in a range of fields, including:

    • Brand management and advertising
    • Communications careers in business and marketing
    • Cultural liaison
    • Diplomacy
    • Education
    • International public relations

    Graduate employers

    Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

    • BBC
    • The House of Commons
    • The Prime Minister's Office

    International Opportunities

    Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

    Opportunities could include:

    • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
    • Attending an international summer school or field trip
    • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

    International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

    Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

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    Why study this course?

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    Fantastic London location

    Our Regent Campus is based around one of London’s most vibrant streets and puts you in the heart of multicultural London. 

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    Develop a global outlook

    Learn about different cultures and strengthen your intercultural communication skills by learning alongside students from all over the world.

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    Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) partner

    We are committed to supporting the development of our linguists and we work closely with the CIOL. 

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    Online open days

    Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

    You'll get a chance to: 

    • Speak to our academic staff
    • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
    • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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    Entry Requirements

    • A levels – DEE to CDD
    • International Baccalaureate – 56 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
    • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP to MMP
    • BTEC Diploma – MM to DM
    • Access – 56 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course with evidence of successful modern foreign language learning in Arabic

    In addition to one of the above, you should have:

    • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

    If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

    We are ideally looking for evidence of successful language learning, formal or informal, in the applicant’s personal statement, but please note that these courses are designed for students only at Beginners or False Beginners level in Arabic and we may need to test you to determine your language level.

    We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

    View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

    • International Baccalaureate – 56 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB

    If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

    We are ideally looking for evidence of successful language learning, formal or informal, in the applicant’s personal statement, but please note that these courses are designed for students only at Beginners or False Beginners level in Arabic and we may need to test you to determine your language level.

    More information

    Pre-sessional English programmes

    Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

    Learn new skills

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    Learn a new language

    From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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    Develop your entrepreneurial skills

    Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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    Gain extra qualifications

    We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

    Fees and Funding

    UK tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

    When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

    Find out how we set our tuition fees.

    Funding

    As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

    Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

    Scholarships

    The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

    Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

    Additional costs

    You should budget £50 for additional materials at Level 4, £50 at Level 5 and £50 at Level 6.

    See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

    International tuition fee: £14,400 (Price per academic year)

    When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

    Find out how we set our tuition fees.

    International student funding

    Find out about funding for international students.

    Scholarships

    The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

    Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

    Additional costs

    You should budget £50 for additional materials at Level 4, £50 at Level 5 and £50 at Level 6.

    See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

    Teaching and assessment

    Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

    How you'll be taught

    Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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    How you'll be assessed

    Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

     

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    Supporting you

    Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

    • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
    • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
    • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
    • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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    Location

    Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites, situated on and around Regent Street – one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London.

    Our Humanities subjects are based at 309 Regent Street, which includes recently refurbished social spaces, gym facilities and our Regent Street Cinema.

    For more details, visit our locations page.

    Contact us

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    Or you can contact the Course Enquiries Team:

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