Entry Requirements

Admission to and placement in all HCT credential programmes is subject to the following criteria being met:

General Admission Requirements

Admission to the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) is based on students’ academic preparation and performance levels. Applicants’ eligibility for admission will be based on a combination of their General School Certificate (GSC), grade 12, Grade Average and results on their EmSAT-English examination, or its equivalent, as per the following mechanisms and criteria:

FIRST: BACHELOR PROGRAMS DIRECT ENTRY (NO FOUNDATIONS PROGRAMS NEEDED)

Students in Advanced stream or equivalent must fulfil the following criteria:

  1. Minimum GSC overall average of 60% for Emirati student and 85% for non-Emirati, for non-Engineering Technology programs.
  2. Minimum GSC overall average of 70% for Emirati students and 85% for non-Emirati Students, for Engineering Technology programs.
  3. Minimum EmSAT-English score of 1100, IELTS Academic 5.0, or equivalent

Students in the general or equivalent must fulfil the following criteria:

  1. Minimum GSC overall average of 70% for Emirati student and 85% for non-Emirati students, for non-Engineering Technology programs.
  2. For Engineering Technology programs:
    • Minimum GSC overall average of 75% for Emirati students and 85% for non-Emirati students.
    • Grade 12 Math subject: overall grade of minimum 80%, or equivalent.
    • Grade 12 Physics subject, or Chemistry subject: overall grade of minimum 80%, or equivalent.
  3. Minimum EmSAT-English score of 1100, IELTS Academic 5.0, or equivalent  

SECOND: PRE-ADMISSION TO BACHELOR PROGRAMS (NEED FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM) *

 Applicants who do not meet the above Direct Entry requirements for Bachelor programs shall be placed in the Foundations program, based on the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Minimum GSC overall average of 60% for Emirati students and 85% for non-Emirati students: for the Advanced stream, or equivalent.
  2. Minimum GSC overall average of 70% for Emirati students and 85% for non-Emirati students: for the General stream or equivalent.
  3. EmSAT – English score below 1100. Student placed in one of the following four Foundations English levels (Table 1).

Table 1: Foundation English levels & EmSAT- English score range

Foundation Placing Level EmSAT
English Level 4 1000-1075
English Level 3 825-975
English Level 2 650-800
English Level 1 500-625

*Students must complete all Foundations program requirements within a maximum of one academic year.

 

THIRD: ADMISSION TO TECHNICAL STUDY PROGRAMME

Applicants from the general stream or equivalent, who have passed the Government Secondary General School Certificate (GSC) and don’t satisfy the Bachelor programs’ direct-entry, or the Pre-admission requirements, can apply to join the Technical Study Program.

 

A. Direct Entry (no foundation programme is needed)

  • Minimum General School Certificate (GSC) overall average 60%.
  • EmSAT score of 825 or above.

B. Pre-admissions (need foundation programme)

Applicants who do not meet the above Direct Entry requirements for Technical Studies Programs shall be placed in the Foundations program based on the following eligibility criteria:

  • Minimum General School Certificate (GSC) overall average 60%.
  • EmSAT – English score below 825 the student will be placed in one of the following three Foundations English levels (Table 2).

 

Table 2: Foundation English levels & EmSAT- English score range

Foundation Placing Level EmSAT
English Level 2 650-800
English Level 1 500-625
English Pre-foundation <500

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