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Programme Information

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A multi-disciplinary programme covering the Islamic Sciences aimed at developing sound knowledge and understanding of Islamic law and theology. It is a degree level programme modelled on traditional Islamic curricula taught in the Muslim world and hence uses the best of traditional and modern pedagogical practice to develop in students the knowledge and understanding of the letter and spirit of Islam as well as a commitment to actualising the knowledge in their example and practice. Students will be immersed in the Arabic language so that they are able directly access the Qur’an, hadith and classical texts.

The course also includes relevant modules in the humanities to enable students to contextualise their classical knowledge and be able to apply it correctly to their times.

In addition to covering all of the important Islamic Sciences and benchmarking standards against those achieved in traditional institutes in the Muslims world, the course has also been developed to meet the benchmarks of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and is thus the equivalent of a British Degree.

Those who have completed 1 year Arabic intensive at EC or have the ability to demonstrate equivalent competency in the Arabic language. Applicants must be able to read, understand and translate the Arabic texts taught in year 1 of the Alimiyya programme. This course is open for men and women over 16 years of age, though anybody younger who displays a good level of maturity and academic aptitude may be considered. Applicants must have a good command over the English language. As a basic minimum, students must be passionate and enthusiastic about studying the Islamic sciences and demonstrating a drive to lead the Muslim community. The course is intensive so you should be wary of the fact that it will take up a lot of your time and will require serious dedication. The drive and desire you illustrate for the Alimiyya is what will set you a part from the rest of our applicants.

If you are required to study around your full time studies or work hours the part time evening classes are available for you. We truly meet everyone’s needs.

All classes are fully segregated with separate entrances for brothers and sisters. The Tajweed classes are the only ones that operate with a male teacher teaching the brothers and a female teacher teaching the sisters.

For a full list of subjects taught click here

Full time:

Normal timings for the full time course will be between 9:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday. Some further study sessions will also be included for students who can make them. Some modules may be taught at other times. Everyone is required to commit to the timing between 9:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday.

Part time:

The part-time programme will be 3 days of attendance of a maximum of 3 hours each day. Lectures will be scheduled in during weekday evenings and weekend mornings. Each full time year of the Alimiyyah will take two years to complete part time.

The course schedule includes some dedicated study sessions where one gets the opportunity to do the homework as well as have a teacher present to offer assistance if required. The amount of additional homework time required will differ according to different people. However, one may be expected to do an average of 3 hours of homework a day for the full time and roughly half of that amount for the part time.

Our experienced team of staff are always developing and researching the most suitable resources pertinent to the betterment of the students’ learning. For a full list of the books taught, please click click here. The books taught throughout the course, are reviewed and may be subject to change if any other resources are found to be more suitable.

All of the classes are situated at the main Ebrahim College site at 80 Greenfield Road, London E1 1EJ. However, some of the classes may take place on 1st floor of 100 Greenfield Road.

All of the classes are situated at the main Ebrahim College site at 80 Greenfield Road, London E1 1EJ. However, some of the classes may take place on 1st floor of 100 Greenfield Road.

As an Alimiyyah student, the main focus of your studies will be on the Islamic Sciences. However, we do not wish for our 6th form age (16-19) students to miss out on the opportunity to also complete some A levels and gain the necessary points to go to university at a later time should they wish to do so. However, the focus on the Islamic Sciences means that we offer A-levels that complement the Islamic Sciences. Hence, we offer A-levels in Arabic and Religious Studies as directly related A Levels. This is only available to students already on the Alimiyyah, EC does not offer the opportunity to just study A levels like a regular 6th Form.

The academic year of the course will start in early September.

Holidays are very much in line with the normal Academic year. There are breaks at the end of every term with a half term break in between. However, some holidays will be adjusted to accommodate certain Islamic holidays such as Eid and Ramadhan.

Course fees

Any financial assistance granted will be subject to status. Only full scholarships that are granted based on merit and aptitude are an exception. This means that awards will be means tested and applicants will be expected to pay and self-finance what they can and prove that they cannot afford the remainder. This makes it fair for everyone and ensures that no one is refused admission on the basis of lack of affordability and the neediest students receive the support.
As a charity that exists only to serve the community, our aim is simple, people who are able to pay should pay, people who cannot should not be turned away because of it.

Applicants are required to fill in the Financial Support Form only. You are not required to fill in the Application Form.
Our interview process starts in March 2015 and runs until July 2015.

If your application is shortlisted, you will be contacted to arrange a suitable time for an interview. You will be contacted within 10 working days of your application.
Following the interview, applicants will be notified of a decision by July 2015, at the latest. In most cases, applicants will be notified a lot earlier.

Fees are charged simply for the running of the course. We are a non-profit organisation and hence, we do not offer the courses for profit. Rather, we are passionate about helping facilitate people’s learning. However, the moment we start the course, we incur the costs straight away for the entire year and hence, we would urge the full payment of the fees as immediately as possible. However, if anyone is unable to make the full payment of the fees immediately due to extenuating circumstances, we can sit down and agree on an instalment plan that is not so cumbersome on ourselves and would be feasible for the respective applicant.

No. You are only required to pay your fees.

Travel & Accommodation

There are no parking facilities in and around the institute during the day. Parking is free after 17:30. Parking in the immediate vicinity of the College is quite expensive. However, there are places somewhat local where parking is cheaper. We encourage students to use public transport or cycle. However, if driving is inevitable, please contact the programme manager for advice on parking solutions.

The stations in proximity to the College are Whitechapel, Aldgate East. The nearest DLR station is Shadwell and the nearest over ground station is Bethnal Green.

One may apply for the discounted student oyster card but terms and conditions apply.

Ebrahim College does not currently have any accommodation on site for students. The College has plans to develop its own student accommodation near the College so that students from all over the world are able to come and study here.

Anyone who is interested in renting accommodation locally in the Whitechapel area are encouraged to share and live with other students attending the College. The College can help facilitate this by putting students in contact with each other but will refrain from getting involved in any financial or individual arrangements between the students.


All interviews are conducted at the College on a face-to-face basis. There may be provisions made for extenuating circumstances. Please enquire.

You can submit your application any time throughout the year. Our interview process commences in February.

Application deadline: 31st July 2015. Applications can still be submitted after this date (but will be classified as “late”) and we cannot guarantee that places will still be available. We always recommend applying as early as possible – the later in the year that an application is submitted the fewer places are likely to be available and it becomes very unlikely that a successful scholarship application can be made.

We operate a waiting list system. Due to the intensity of the programme it is very difficult to make up for missed lessons. As such we will not be filling drop out positions after the first term. However, we may consider anyone that can proficiently demonstrate the knowledge and skill level of the content that is covered up to that time.

Please find the application form here:



If anyone has some background in the Arabic language, then it would be a good idea to get assessed so that your level and depth of the Arabic language can be determined. If one is sufficiently able to read and understand some of the texts that will be taught in the Alimiyyah programme then, in that case, there is no need to enrol into the Arabic Intensive programme, and one may simply just enrol onto the Alimiyyah programme. The decision to proceed to the Alimiyyah will be at the discretion of the Programme Manager.

If one has studied certain aspects of the programme and only wishes to study particular modules or subjects, then the possibility of special arrangements may be entertained. The best thing would be to arrange an interview with the programme manager and discuss the desired modules and the feasibility.

Students are permitted to transfer from full time to part time at the discretion of the programme manager.

There is no particular dress code that one must adhere to except that dress should conform to general Islamic guidelines of modesty. However, students are required to dress smart, and look like serious students of knowledge. Students who are shabbily dressed will be spoken to specifically. It is best to avoid that embarrassment from the outset.

We warmly welcome students from all over the United Kingdom and beyond. Foreign students would be required to arrange their visas (if necessary) and accommodation separately. We would assist where possible.

The College currently does not provide lunch. Students will have sufficient breaks where they can eat from local halal outlets or have their packed lunch.

Prayer is observed at the College. We try our best to pray during break times. Where it is not possible, classes will break for prayer, and students will return to class immediately after. Jumu’ah will also be at the College. While there are masjids nearby, prayer at the College is an important part of the day and students are not permitted to pray at the masjid unless specifically permitted.

We do not offer this at present but it is something our current students will move onto eventually. There is the possibility of having the Takmeel fil Hadith year at the College, but that decision will be finalised closer to the time when our current students reach that year.

Our programme covers all facets of the Dars Nizami system. We are confident that students who complete the Alimiyyah programme will have achieved the same outcomes as the students of any top Darul Uloom.

Most Alimiyyah subjects will be taught directly in Arabic. Some subjects will be taught in English.

There will be exams at the end of every module which will contribute a percentage to the final mark. Students are required to pass the examinations in order to proceed to the subsequent level of the Alimiyyah.

For full details of career paths available to graduates of the Alimiyyah programme, please see the section on “What the future holds?”


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Mode of Attendance

4 years full-time
Monday – Friday
9am – 5pm

8 years part-time
3 evenings a week
6pm – 9pm

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