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IPSA students currently have a choice of two programmes being offered by the institution at undergrad level the 1 year Higher Certificate in Islamic Studies (HCIS) and the minimum 3 year Bachelor of Arts Islamic Studies (BAIS).

Both the Full-Time and Part-Time HCIS programme, as well as the 3 year BAIS degree programme is fully accredited by the Council of Higher Education (CHE) and registered by the Registrar of Private Higher Education Institutions (PHEI) of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and registered on the NQF (National Qualifications Framework) of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

IPSA submitted an application for the accreditation of the BAHIS programme on 01 October 2015 and can confirm that we have received a successful outcome in 2017. The BAHIS degree is fully accredited by the CHE and registered by the Registrar of the PHEI of the DHET and registered on the NQF SAQA.

Higher Certificate in Islamic Studies (HCIS) – minimum 1 Year (full time)

The HCIS programme aims to enhance spiritual consciousness and provide a deeper understanding of Islam. A student will gain a solid introduction to the various fields of Islamic knowledge, including literacy, research skills as well as leadership capabilities, which ultimately aim at inspiring moral regeneration. The programme, thus, acts as a catalyst for change.

Since 2014 the Higher Certificate in Islamic Studies Programme (HCIS) includes a specially designed ‘Leadership & Youth Development’ module. Completing the HCIS successfully allows entrance to the IPSA Bachelors of Arts Islamic Studies programme.

IPSA’s 12000 Believers Waqf Campaign is the establishment of a waqf in perpetuity for Education.

  • Modules

    Arabic through Qur'an
  •  Qur'an Literacy
  • Principles of Qur'anic Recitation and Memorization
  • Fiqh: Islamic Laws of Worship
  • 'Aqidah (Islamic Belief)
  • Meanings of the Qur'an
  • Sirah: Prophetic Biography
  • Islamic Interpersonal Relationships
  • Global Leadership & Life Orientation
  • Critical Reading & Writing Skills Development


The HCIS Program is run over two semesters, with the above listed modules offered in both semester one and two throughout the year.  See the IPSA Student Handbook for further details.

Bachelors of Arts Islamic Studies – minimum 3 Years (full time)

The ultimate purpose of the BAIS programme is to produce graduates with a core set of skills and knowledge that meet the needs of those seeking a deeper and thorough understanding of Islam. The programme acts as a platform for further postgraduate and other studies in the field and provides a thorough basis for those wishing to become religious functionaries. This course will enable the student to major in two main fields in Islamic Studies, Shari`ah Law and Arabic.

The Programme aims at delivering:

  • Core knowledge of the major Islamic disciplines.
  • Key disciplines of Islamic Law, Qur’anic exegesis and Prophetic precepts.
  • Induction into Arabic, the language of Islam’s primary sources and the principal language of its scholarship.
  • Tertiary academic conventions through specific modules of academic development, research and writing skills.
  • A key set of academic skills and a thorough sensitivity to the South African context in which this knowledge is applied.
  • Through Islamic History, Religious Studies and contextual nature of Islamic law students are made fully cognizant of issues relating to diversity and context.
Year One Year Two Year Three
Major : Arabic Modules Major : Arabic Modules Major : Arabic Modules
Elementry Arabic Intermediate Arabic level one Advanced Arabic level one
Pre-intermediate Arabic Intermediate Arabic level two Advanced Arabic level one
Principles of Qur'anic Recitation Textual Readings: Qur'an Textual Readings: Islamic Law
Basic Textual Reading:
Phrophectic precepts
 Textual Reading: 
Phrophectic precepts
Textual Readings: Islamic 
Major : Islamic Studies Modules Major : Islamic Studies Modules Major : Islamic Studies Modules
Islamic Laws of Worship Muslim Personal Law 1 Classical Islamic Commercial Law
Laws of Worship: Applications  Muslim Personal Law 2 Islamic Banking & Finance
Legislative History Principles of Jurisprudence Islamic Law of Succession, Bequests
and Endowments
Phrophetic Precepts: Ulum al-Hadith Qur'anic Studies Qur'anic Studies 1
Phrophetic Precepts: Ulum al-Hadith Qur'anic Studies 2
Phrophetic Precepts 1
Phrophetic Precepts 2
Humanities Modules Humanities Modules Humanities Modules
History: Source Methodology in the
Sirah and the Makkan Perion
History: Themes from classical Mulim
Contemporary Islamic Thought
History: The Madinan Period History: Islam in South Africa
Academic Development 1 Religious Studies: Ancient, Eastern
 and African Religions

Academic Development 2 Religious Studies: Semitic Religions


The BA Program is run over two semesters. Some modules are presented in one semester, while others are are presented over two, with of them being pre-requisites of another. See the IPSA Student Handbook for further details.

Units under the Arabic Module include, Nahw (Arabic Grammar); Sarf (Science of Morphology); Muhadathah (Conversation); Qira’ah (Reading & Comprehension); Insha (Writing & Composition); Khatt & Imla (Writing & Dictation); selected Arabic Textual Reading.

(HCIS – PT) - (A Two-Year programme)

IPSA is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the part-time offering of its accredited Higher Certificate in Islamic Studies (HCIS) programme.


This programme is suited to a varied array of learners, serving multiple purposes, inter alia:

  • For persons seeking a sound foundation in the Arabic Language in the context of Islamic Studies
  • for learners wanting to recite and understand the Qur’ān, as well as supporting Islamic disciplines
  • for learners requiring a holistic overview of Islam as personal enrichment
  • for professionals with a previous degree in varied specialisms seeking to further their studies in Islam. (Such candidates who successfully completes this programme may serve as a bridge into IPSA’s accredited BA (Hons) in Islamic Studies)
  • for current and aspirant Madrassah Teachers seeking an accredited Higher Certificate in Islamic Studies to improve their employability
  • for current and aspirant Imams seeking to navigate contemporary challenges to Islam and Muslims, and
  • for all those who wish to pursue the path of learning Islam on a part-time basis (such candidates will be accepted on an auditing basis.)


The HCIS (Part-Time), will be conducted over two years.

The 10 contact hours per week are conveniently arranged for Thursday evenings (2½ hours), Friday evenings (2½ hours), and Saturday mornings (5 hours).

  • Thursday: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Friday: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:00am - 1:00pm


  1. Developing and enhancing reading, listening, speaking and writing skills in the Arabic Language [incorporating applied grammar (naḥw) and word inflections (ṣarf)] through Qur’ān, Aḥādīth and other Islamic narratives.
    1. Qur’ān Literacy
    2. Learning Arabic through Qur’ān
    3. Meanings of the Qur’ān

  2. Increase the competency in reciting the Qur’ān with tajwīd (intonation), whilst also memorising selected short suwar (chapters) and verses of the Qur’an.
    1. Principles of Qur'anic Recitation and Memorization

  3. Attaining fluency in making duā (supplications) and performing various forms of ‘ibādāt (worship)
    1. Devotional Arabic
    2. Islamic Laws of Worship
    3. Sīrah– Prophetic Biography

  4. Cognitive and social skills development - Critical Analysis, Problem-Solving, Conflict Resolution, Decision-making, Communication, Interpersonal relationships, life-skills
    1. `Aqīdah (Theology)
    2. Academic Skills
    3. Islamic Interpersonal Relationships

  5. Awareness of the challenges of globalisation and contemporary ideologies to Muslim socio-economic existence
    1. Global Leadership and Life Orientation


1a. Qur’ān Literacy The Language of the Qur’ān I - Articulating the Arabic Text and Essential Arabic Grammar
1b. Learning Arabic through Qur’ān The Language of the Qur’ān II - Essential Arabic to understand the Qur'ān
1c. Meanings of the Qur’ān Guiding Society - Higher Objectives (Maqāsid), Inter-faith responsibilities, Spiritual & Moral Welfare of Society, Socio-Economic Welfare
2a. The Qur'an as Thikr (Remembrance) Selected Suwar (Chapters) - Recitation with reflection
3a. Devotional Arabic Supplicating the Rabb (Lord) - Seeking help and guidance from Allah (SWT) with a spirit of devotion
3b. Islamic Laws of Worship Spirituality through Worship - Pillars of Islam, Īmān, and Iḥsān; Inner and Outer Dimensions
3c. Sīrah– Prophetic Biography Muhammad (PBUH) - Transforming Society through Merciful Leadership - Historical Narrative and Exemplary Model
4a. `Aqīdah (Believing with Certainty) Introduction to Scriptured Religions, Sectarianism, Secularism, Modernism, Pluralism, Fundamentalism,
4b. Academic Skills Cognitive Skills Development - Critical Analysis, Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution, Decision-making, Communication
4c. Islamic Interpersonal Relationships Promoting Social Cohesion - Developing a sense of belonging, participation, inclusion, recognition and legitimacy as Human Beings
5a. Global Leadership and Life Orientation The Qur'an and the Sunnah and Contemporary Realities - Challenges in Thought and Living


  2. Blended learning involves a mix of both traditional learning (classroom-based, face to face learning) and ICT-based learning. The blended learning strategy develops independent learning and allows participants to explore learning content in multiple ways, instead of relying on the instructor completely for direction on how to go about learning the lesson.

    IPSA has secured the expertise of native Arabic speaker who has a PhD in linguistics, and who has developed ICT-based materials relevant to the South African context as well as Arabic Language materials underpinning the Islamic Studies modules. Of the advantages of this blended approach is the continuous assessment of student performance evaluation.

  4. Focus is on both students and instructor; the instructor models; students interact with instructor and one another; students work in pairs, in groups, or alone depending on the purpose of the activity. Students talk without constant instructor monitoring; instructor provides feedback/correction when questions arise students answer each other’s questions, using instructor as an information resource; students evaluate their own learning; instructor also evaluates.

  6. The frequent appearance of terms such as fakkara (to think), faqiha (to understand), tadabbara (to consider), ‘aqala (to think), and fahima (to understand) in the Qur'ān are terms that mean thinking. Against this background, whilst the module on memorisation of the Qur’ān requires a certain level of rote learning, the development and application of critical/analytical thinking skills are accentuated in all modules.

You may download the application form and the course prospectus from our download page, and may contact us at  for any further questions.