General Studies

The General Studies Program is dedicated to supporting, developing and mentoring all HCT students to reach their full communicative, intellectual, literacy and vocational skills potential.

This is achieved through a cross-curricula approach that challenges students to reflect and develop holistically by providing them with continual applied learning by Doing opportunities that broaden their global perspective, critical thinking, problem-solving and information synthesis skills in preparation for the knowledge economy of the 4th industrial revolution economy using 21st Century skills in line with the UAE Vision 2021.

General Studies courses form an integrated suite of courses that empowers students to meet the challenges of college, the workplace, and life by enabling students to acquire essential 21st century practical skills and competencies in the areas of effective oral and written communication in Arabic and English, creative and critical thinking and problem solving, multiple forms of data gathering and analysis, moral and ethical decision-making, tolerance and multicultural sensitivity while maintaining the unique national identity and Arab cultural background of the UAE, teamwork and collaboration, and understanding the integrative and cumulative nature of knowledge acquisition.

The structure of the General Studies Courses is aligned with the CAA Standards for Licensure and Accreditation (2011) and consists of the following categories:

  • English, Arabic or other Languages;
  • Humanities or Arts;
  • Information Technology or Mathematics;
  • The Natural Sciences;
  • The Social or Behavioural Sciences.

English Communications

Students who have not yet met the program entry English requirement (EmSAT English 1100 or equivalent) are placed in one of three English Communication Courses which are pre-requisites for most program courses. English communication courses use state-of-the-art learning technology and teaching methods, ensuring that successful students acquire digital as well as linguistic proficiency.

English Communication Courses & EmSAT- English score

Course EmSAT English Score Credit Based
LSC-0109 <650 and High school Ave ≥ 85% Yes
LSC-0209 650 – 875 Yes
LSC-0209 900 – 1075 Yes

Arabic & Emirati Studies

Arabic and Emirati Studies program  is designed to assure that students are proficient in Arabic, the official language of the country and familiar with the history, tradition and culture of the region. The Arabic and Emirati courses are included under General Studies course plan as per CAA course category requirement.