Curriculum 2017


Curriculum & Staffing

Here you can find information about our teaching staff as well as term by term overviews of the subjects taught in the National Curriculum and Islamic Curriculum section.

Darul Uloom provides a unique balance of traditional Islamic education and National Curriculum subjects which aims to nurture intellectual development, interest and enthusiasm for learning as well as achieving the highest results. We follow the GCSE programme of study for public examinations, however we try to teach beyond what is expected through drawing on a wide range of experience and techniques as well as adding an Islamic outlook to each subject.

Madrasa Curriculum Subject Overviews

Hifz Section

Students in the Hifz section embark on the noble task of committing the whole Qur’an to memory. They undergo a rigorous routine of memorization designed to ensure completion within three years. In addition to their daily assessments, regular evaluations take place through monthly, termly, and end of year examinations. Darul Uloom employs very high calibre teachers who are Hafiz and Qaris. Hundreds of students have completed their memorization of the Qur’an here, and several of them have won local and national Hifz competitions. During Ramadan, many of the current and former Darul Uloom students lead the Tarawih prayers in mosques nationwide. For the Hifzul Quran Section, pupils have 3 sessions linked to 3 targets from 8:30am – 11:45am. The 3 sessions are split up according to pupils individual abilities.
1. The first session and target is known as Sabak. This means to memorise new verses of the glorious Quran. Then to read the memorised verses to the teacher.
2. The second is known as Sabki. This is revising the last 5 days worth of Sabak.
3. The third is known as Dohr. This means to read

Alimi class

This section begins from Year 8 andin itself is extensive in the range of subjects and skills that it involves. The course is designed to prepare students to take the path in becoming knowledgeable Ulama (Islamic scholars) who have a thorough understanding and practice of all the basic and extensive teachings of Islam.

Alimi subjects include:

Quran Tafsir

The memorisation of some selected chapters of the Holy Qur’an. This subject has a huge variety of
experiences for pupils. Verses can be recited in beautiful tones and melodies giving pupils creative
experiences. Pupils become extremely confident as they get the opportunity to recite daily in the presence of their teacher and classmates.

Prophetic traditions (the sayings, actions and approvals of the Prophet peace be upon him)
Arabic (Inc. Morphology)
Various books are prescribed to enable the students in reading, writing, speaking and understanding
classical and modern Arabic.

Students gain the ability of reading, writing, speaking and understanding the Urdu language.

Bengali is taught as an optional subject.
Fiqh Almuyasir

Islamic jurisprudence – the science of Shariah and the sacred laws of Islam.
Arabic and Urdu Calligraphy

The art of writing Arabic in varied beautiful styles. This is incorporated into Arabic.
Islamic History

The history of Islam and Muslims from the time of the Prophet. This is taught through Urdu and
Seerah lessons.

A study of the life of the Prophet (May Peace Be Upon Him).
Qur'anic Arabicy

Students learn Qur’anic Arabic through the study of the lives of the Prophets, from the Qur’an and the

Arabic grammar (Syntax). This is taught from basic upto advance level. It also helps pupils develop
their English grammar knowledge and skills as they learn the different types of verbs, nouns and
Tashilus Sarf

Arabic grammar (Morphology). This also helps pupils understand the origins of words in Arabic.
Pupils literacy skills are further developed as pupils can identify how words have developed
depending on their state. These skills are easily transferable for pupils and as a result pupils literacy
skills improve.
Dorosul Lughatul Arabbiyah

This entails the studies of grammatical functions in Arabic including syntax, phrases, sentence types
and punctuation as well as studies of vocabulary.
Sifatul Masadir

This provides students a word-to-word understanding of Arabic, helping them develop a more
comprehensive understanding of Arabic as a spoken (speaking and listening) and written (reading
and writing) language.

Study of Arabic grammar, sentences, and vocabulary, learning coherently how to speak, read and write in Arabic.

These foreign languages are taught beyond A-level standard by specialist teachers. Again, the pass
rates for these subjects have consistently been 100 % A-C. Pupils have choices when it comes to
languages. The school uses Edexcell as the examining board.

National Curriculum Subject Overviews

English Language

A great emphasis is placed on these two subjects in the curriculum. The ability to understand, speak
and write in good English is of huge importance in present day society, and it aids in the learning of
other subjects.
A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can
communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can
communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally,
emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such
development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they
already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society. The
overarching aim of the English department is to promote high standards of language and literacy by
equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of
literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. KS4 pupils are entered for two GCSEs, English
Language and English Literature. The school uses the AQA examining board at KS4.


Mathematics is one of the core National Curriculum subjects taught at Darul Uloom. Great emphasis
is placed on a subject that forms an important foundation for many career paths. Recent performance
in this subject has been very impressive. KS3 pupils follow the new ‘My Maths’ syllabus which
focuses on understand concepts and then applying these concepts when tackling problem solving
questions. When pupils reach KS4 they will either complete the foundation tier or the higher tier. They
will further develop their core knowledge and confidently tackle more advanced mathematical
problems. The school uses Edexcell’s GCSE curriculum. This has been designed to develop all pupils
problem solving skills.


The use of experiments and practical work is an integral part of the learning of science. Darul Uloom’s
science laboratory and preparatory room is equipped with appliances and apparatus that will enable
students to acquire a comprehensive education in science from Key Stage 3 up to Key Stage 4, with
the aid of specialist, well-qualified teachers. All pupils should leave having an outlook in life where
Science to them is more than a lesson but is everywhere around us impacting our daily lives. The
school uses the OCR examining board.

Additional Science

An advanced take on science, adding to their knowledge of living, physical and material in the world.


History is taught through a series of classroom lectures with students being taught aspects of Islamic
History as well as key events from British modern History.
Students are taught how to textually analyse sources and work out their reliability by comparing and
contrasting with other related events. History is taught up to GCSE level allowing students to learn
key skills that will enable them to further their educational aspirations in humanity subjects. We
currently follow the AQA curriculum and use the AQA examination board.

English Literature

Analysis and comprehension applied to specific literature including works of Shakespeare, Dickens and Priestley.

Religious Studies

This subject provides an opportunity to teach students about different religions and viewpoints,
around the world. It is designed to create an appreciation and tolerance within the students for other
ways of life, and the importance of learning to live in harmony in spite of differences in lifestyles and
beliefs. The school uses the Edexcell examining board.

Information Technology

Increasingly in this modern age, the use of computers is becoming indispensable in every sphere of
society. Darul Uloom has a modern ICT laboratory equipped with the latest computers and
accessories, so that students acquire a thorough education in this subject from Year 7 onwards.
Furthermore, ICT equipment (computers, projectors etc.) is used throughout the Madrasah, displaying
a clear focus on students acquiring literacy in IT. In Key Stage 3 students learn various programming
codes and essential IT skills that will place them at an advantage when leaving the school. In Key
Stage 4 students engage in GCSE ICT. This has been newly introduced since September 2016 and
as such only Year 10 students currently do this course.


Learning how to read, write and speak in a variety of contexts, acquiring an array of knowledge about cultures and countries in which Urdu is spoken.

These foreign languages are taught beyond A-level standard by specialist teachers. Again, the pass
rates for these subjects have consistently been 100 % A-C. Pupils have choices when it comes to
languages. The school uses Edexcell as the examining board.

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