General Foundation Programme

Description

Centre for Foundation Studies aims to

1.        To develop students’ knowledge and study skills in English language, Mathematics and Information Technology in order to help them succeed in their higher education

2.       To improve students’ English language proficiency in all four skills so that they may succeed in an English-medium programme

3.       To enable students to progress onto an undergraduate programme in business or computing, having gained the required skills and fundamental knowledge

4.      To engage students in a range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that would further prepare them for their higher education studies and social responsibilities.

Admission Process

Admission to a Gulf College programme begins by determining which modules a student may study or which level a student may join. To accomplish this, all incoming students must take a placement test according to the provided schedule. All new students automatically begin in the General Foundation Programme (GFP) unless they are exempted from all five GFP modules. A student may be exempted from a module by external qualifications such as transfer credits or approved certifications or by scoring sufficiently high on a placement test.

For English:

Students, who score between 0 – 39, will study General English 01. Students, who score between 40 – 84, will be exempted from General English 01 and study General English 02. Students, who score beyond the established cut-off point which is 85+, will be required to take an exit test to verify that they have fulfilled the Learning Outcomes of General English modules by scoring 60+ and can be exempted from General English 02.

For Mathematics:

Students, who score between 0 – 39, will study Basic Mathematics. Students, who score 40+, will be exempted from Basic Mathematics and will be required to take an additional Mathematic test (Applied Mathematics for students joining the Business programmes and Pure Mathematics for those joining the Computing programmes) to verify that they have fulfilled all the Learning Outcomes and can be exempted from Applied/ Pure Mathematics.

For Information Technology:

Students, who score between 0 – 39, will study Information Technology. Students, who score 40+, will be exempted from taking the module as they could verify that they have fulfilled the module’s Learning Outcomes.

Programme Aims

The Centre for Foundation Studies aim to provide students an accessible and flexible route into higher education; to prepare students with the necessary English language skills by establishing an English speaking environment; to facilitate the development of underpinning knowledge, broad thinking and life skills in order to help students succeed in their higher education; to enable students to progress onto an undergraduate programme in business or computing; and to support students in their thinking about personal, educational and career development. The Centre’s aims have been designed to serve and achieve the following strategic objectives, which are; provide a high quality teaching & learning environment to enhance the student experience; build GC reputation as a provider of quality higher education in Oman in order to maximise the trust of stakeholders and provide students with opportunities in order to enhance the GC Graduate Attributes, competencies and employability skills through co/extra-curricular activities.

What does the General Foundation Programme Contain?

Five modules are offered in the GFP. Students must complete all modules, unless they are exempted from a module via transfer credits, placement test result, or an approved valid certificate. It is recommended that new students entering the GFP programme begin their first semester with Basic Mathematics and General English 1, and take the remaining three modules during their second semester. However, if a student has exemption in one of the modules normally taken in a student’s first semester, it is acceptable for them to register for another module (for example, IT) during their first semester. The programme equips the student with the necessary skills, competencies and communication abilities to proceed on to Higher Education Programmes. The generic modules focus on the development of essential personal and study skills, practical numeric skills and information technology skills. The English language course focuses on providing firm grounding in language skills in Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking, presentation skills and techniques, method of preparing and producing academic researches and reports.

What does the qualification lead to?

Upon successful completion of the GFP with an IELTS 5.0 equivalent, students proceed to Level 3, first year of the undergraduate studies.

What is the duration of the GFP?

GFP is a one year programme including 2 semesters. The duration of each semester is 16 weeks.

Programme Structure

GFP Modules Number of weekly hours Sub-modules /No of hours Prerequisite
General English 01 16 hours Speaking & Writing (8 hours)  
Reading & Listening (8 hours)
General English 02 12  hours Speaking & Writing (6 hours) General English 01
Reading & Listening (6 hours)
Basic Mathematics 4 hours *NA  

Pure Math

(Computing students)

or

Applied Math

(Business students)

4 hours *NA Basic Mathematics
IT 4 hours *NA New intake starting with GE01 and Basic Mathematics will have to do IT in the following semester.

Students with Disabilities (Students with hearing impairment) do not take the Listening & Speaking sub-modules. Instead, they take twice the normal numbers of hours given to the Writing and Reading submodules, giving these students a total of 16 contact hours for General English 1 and 12 contact hours for General English 2. Further information about the content of GFP modules and learning outcomes is available in the Module Descriptor for each course.

GFP Modules

Number of weekly contact hours

Sub-modules /No of hours

Prerequisite

General English 01

16 hours

Reading & Writing

 NA

General English 02

12 hours

Reading & Writing

General English 01

Basic Math

4 hours

*NA

 NA

Pure Math (Computing students)

OR

Applied Math (Business students)

4 hours

 

*NA

Basic Mathematics

IT

4 hours

*NA

NA

Placement Test for GFP

There are placement tests for English, Maths and IT

Purpose

The main purpose of the placement test is to place the students in the right level and to give exemptions in GFP according to the Oman Academic Standards for GFP

Mode of Test

All Placement tests are conducted through Moodle platform. The Exit Tests are paper-based.

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