Foundation Programme

Foundation Programme

Duration

36 Weeks
(24-30 hrs/week)

Study type

Full-Time

Credit hours

Assessment

A mix of coursework and examination

Fees

  • Omani scholarship students - Ministry scholarship fee
  • Omani non-scholarship students - OMR 4,000
  • International students - OMR 4,500

Programme Details

The University’s Foundation Programme aims to produce ‘degree-ready’ students planning to progress onto one of the bachelor programmes, or similar, delivered in partnership with Aston University. The Foundation Programme is quality assured by Aston University, UK.
The Muscat University Foundation Programme consists of English; English for Academic Purposes; IT/Computing; Maths, and subject-specific modules relating to the future bachelor programme the student wishes to join. Study skills are embedded throughout the modules. During the three terms, students will study different modules which increase in challenge and English language complexity. The FP is designed in such a way that language and skills acquired in one module can be applied to others on the FP and to their future bachelor’s degree.
The Muscat University Foundation Programme fully complies with the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority’s (OAAA) guidelines for Foundation Programmes in Oman. Each Module Specification document has been carefully mapped to the OAAA learning outcomes.

Programme Objectives

The Foundation Programme aims to:

  • Equip students with a tool kit of academic literacies to enable them to undertake an undergraduate degree programme. Such literacies include soft skills such as giving an effective presentation; taking part in seminars and working in groups as well as a set of key academic skills such as the use of paraphrase, quotation and citation.
  • Improve student's English language proficiency to a level in which the students can undertake a bachelors degree taught exclusively through the medium of English.
  • Develop an introductory-subject-specific knowledge of the bachelor’s degree the student is planning to study.
  • Develop analytical and mathematical problem-solving skills and apply them to practical real-world problems.
  • Equip students with IT skills required for undergraduate study and the workplace.
  • Able to reflect on one’s learning and development and put in place remedial measures and action plans to develop weaknesses in language and skills.
  • Start to create independent, life-long learners able to think critically.
  • Acculturate students to the academic environment of a Higher Education Institution.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed high school education in Oman or in their own country. Evidence of completion in the form of a high-school-leaving certificate is expected to be enclosed with the enrolment form.
  • An overall 75% in the Omani High-School Thaniwaya exam with no less than 80% in English and 75% Maths. Students aiming to join the BEng Chemical Engineering programme also require 75% in Chemistry.
  • Students can also enter the Foundation Programme if they have a minimum IELTS score of 4.5 or equivalent.

Academic Plan is currently being reviewed for 2018/19 and will be published shortly

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