Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time
This certificate is an introductory qualification in the Persian language. Students acquire a solid initial knowledge of the written and spoken language of modern Iran and study the historical and cultural background of the Middle East. When taken full-time (in one year) it corresponds to the first year of BA programme in Persian. No prior knowledge of Persian is required.
- Persian Language I (2units),
- Literatures of the Near and Middle East,
- An approved non-language unit. This non-language unit is normally in a relevant subject such as the history of the Middle East or Islamic studies.
The part-time syllabus allows a fuller engagement with the Persian language. Year 1 is devoted to the intensive introductory course in the Persian Language I (2 units). Students normally follow this with Persian Language II and either Classical Persian Prose Texts or Persian Poetry 1.
Alternatively, students can take a more gradual path to the acquisition of language by enrolling on Elementary written Persian in the first year, followed by Elementary Persian texts in the subsequent year. On this path, two other course-units are chosen from the available options to complete the syllabus.
- Intensive Persian Language
- Literatures of the Near and Middle East
2 Units are taken each year. The first year Persian Language 1 is taken. The second year, Persian Language 2 is taken and students choose either Classical Persian Prose Texts OR Persian Poetry 1.
- Intensive Persian Language
- Intermediate Persian Language
- Modern Persian Poetry
A more gradual path to the acquisition of language. Year 1 Elementary written Persian is taken as well as another approved option. In year 2 Elementary Persian texts are taken as well as another approved option.
- Elementary Persian Texts
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.
Admissions and Applications
Applications are made directly to SOAS through the online application system, if you have any further questions please contact the Admissions Department.
The minimum entry requirement is the ability to demonstrate the potential to study at an undergraduate level. However, programmes may have their own specific requirements, such as, in the case of language-based studies, a proven ability to learn a language.
English Language Entry Requirements
You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.
For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.
If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.
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