Cambridge IGCSE Islamiyat syllabus enables learners to develop an understanding of the importance of the major beliefs of Islam, and of the early history of the Islamic community. As a result, learners develop their knowledge and understanding of the main elements of Islamic faith and history, evaluating the meaning and importance of these elements in the lives and thoughts of Muslims. Although the syllabus is studied in English, some familiarity with passages from the Qur’an and Hadith in Arabic is assumed. [reference : www.cie.org.uk]
Students not already registered with their schools and colleges but planning to sit for the IGCSE examinations should independently register with Cambridge International Examinations. It’s not Cambridge Islamic College’s responsibility to register students for the Cambridge International Examinations. Cambridge Islamic College is merely offering a comprehensive set of lectures to support and prepare students planning to sit for the Cambridge IGCSE Islamiyat (0493) examinations.
Why study Islam?
According to a research published recently by the US-based Pew Research Centre and reported in The Telegraph, Islam is the only religion growing faster than the world’s population. It is the world’s second largest religion after Christianity. About 1.6 billion people, or 23 percent of the world’s population, are Muslims. Thus, Islamic Studies has become a subject of strategic importance in the world today. For students wishing to study for any degree at Britain’s top universities, Religious Studies, including the study of Islam, is classified as one of the most important List A subjects that students should do and pass at school in order to be admitted into a top British university. Similarly, Muslim students who wish to do some of the College’s courses in the field of Islamic sciences, classical Arabic texts, balāgha, among others, this IGCSE programme is an important route and preparation.
What career opportunities are there for students of Islam?
It is an important preparation for employment in state and local government, foreign office, journalism, media and broadcasting, teaching, academia, religious organisations, NGOs and other social agencies, security and intelligence services.
Teaching is based on the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum. Cambridge International Examinations describes this syllabus as one that “enables learners to develop an understanding the importance of the major beliefs of Islam, and of the early history of the Islamic community. As a result, learners develop their knowledge and understanding of the main elements of Islamic faith and history, evaluating the meaning and importance of these elements in the lives and thoughts of Muslims. Although the syllabus is studied in English, some familiarity with passages from the Qur’an and Hadith in Arabic is assumed.”
Dr Zoulaikha Taoufik holds a Ph.D. in Islamic studies from Mohammed V University (Rabat,
Morocco). She has more than 20 years’ experience teaching Arabic language to native and non-native speakers. Her expertise in teaching Arabic has been strengthened and deepened, not only by teaching the language, but also by teaching various related subjects, which requires a high level of mastery of Arabic, such as Ulum Al Hadith (with all its branches), Asserah N’nabawiyyah (Biography of the Prophet, SAW), and Quran Recitation according to the proper rules of Tajweed, Memorization and Explanatory meanings (Tafseer).
She has, consistently, met high standards in teaching Arabic grammar by implementing new methods that have been developed based on scientific / linguistic strategies. She has successfully, implemented a modified version of “TPRS” or “Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Story-telling” in teaching Arabic as a foreign language. She has also Written Arabic poems, Anaasheed and plays to make both learning and teaching Arabic enjoyable and effective.
The syllabus covers the following areas of academic study:
- Major themes of the Qurʾān
- The history and importance of the Qurʾān
- The life and importance of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
- The first Islamic community
- Major teachings of the Ḥadīths of the Prophet
- The history and importance of the Ḥadīths
- The period of rule of the Rightly Guided Caliphs and their importance as leaders
- The Articles of Faith and the Pillars of Islam
Candidates beginning this course are not expected to have studied Islamiyat, Islamic Studies or Religious Studies previously.
How are the classes delivered ?
All classes are delivered online. Students can attend these classes online from anywhere in the world from the comfort of their homes.
Start Date : Post Ramadan 2018
Registration By : 20th of June 2018
- Duration – 24 months (72 weeks)
- One lesson per week during Term time
- Each Lecture – 2 hours in duration
- Live lectures – Every Thrusday 5:00pm to 7:00pm (Online worldwide)
- Lecture Recordings available for revision for full year
- 144 hours of lectures
- Assignments & Feedback
Term Details (coming soon)
Term 1 – 5th July 2018
Term 2 – 1st November 2018
Term 3 – 7th March 2019
Term 1 – Summer term 2018
5th July to 11th Oct 2018
Half term: 9th Aug to 13th Sept 2018
Duration : 10 weeks
Term 2 – Autumn term 2018
1st Nov 2018 to 21st Feb 2019
Half term: 20th Dec 2018 to 10th Jan 2019
Duration : 14 weeks
Term 3 – Spring term 2019
7th March 2019 to 27th June 2019
Half term: 11th Apr 2019 to 25th Apr 2019
Duration : 12 weeks