Learning a new language lets you connect with different people and their cultures. You think, talk about and create ideas through language.
Almost 100 million people around the world speak Urdu, which is the main language of Pakistan. And, it is widely spoken in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and the Middle East. Some 400 thousand people in the UK speak Urdu. Urdu uses the Arabic alphabet, the second most used alphabet in the world. So, you will find learning Urdu really helpful if you want to learn languages like Hindi, Arabic, Persian, Kurdish or Punjabi.
The skills you develop in Urdu are useful in many different career areas such as languages, teaching and classroom support, travel or media.
Entry is at the discretion of the school or college, but you would normally be expected to have:
This course aims to help you develop your reading, listening, talking and writing skills in Urdu, in a variety of contexts. You will encounter a wide range of different types of texts in different media. In addition, the course also provides you with knowledge of the customs and way of life of the Urdu-speaking people.
The course consists of two compulsory units and the course assessment unit.
Understanding Urdu (9 SCQF credit points)
In this unit you will:
Using Urdu (9 SCQF credit points)
In this unit you will:
Course Assessment (6 SCQF credit points)
The course assessment consists of two components:
The question papers will assess your listening, reading, and writing skills in Urdu. The question papers will be set and marked by SQA.
The performance has two sections; delivering a presentation in Urdu, and taking part in a natural, spontaneous conversation with the teacher or lecturer in Urdu. The conversation will be from one of the following contexts: society, learning, employability, or culture.
Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass both units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.
The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.
Further study, training or employment in:
Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.
They can also read the information leaflet(s):