General Studies


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To empower our students with linguistic and academic skills of an international standard that will enable them to succeed.

General Studies Department

The General Studies Department’s aim is to prepare students for the engineering programmes offered at MTC. The General Foundation programme enhances students’ skills in four areas: English, Mathematics, Computing and Physics. It develops students’ study skills to help them easily cope with academic life. It is the department’s mission to empower students with linguistic and academic skills of an international standard to help them succeed in their academic studies and military careers, and to foster the values of self-reliance, fairness, courtesy, honesty and respect.


Key Goals

  • To provide an innovative educational environment.
  • To promote life-long learning for students and staff.
  • To foster collaboration among students and staff.
  • To create a positive and supportive learning environment.
  • To develop students’ English language proficiency to the equivalent of IELTS 5.0 in all skills.

Entry Requirements

  • All newly enrolled students are required to sit for the in-house ‘Placement Test’.
  • The length of the General Foundation Programme varies according to students’ English module on entry.
  • In addition to getting IELTS band score 5.0, students are expected to complete their Computing, Physics, Basic and Pure Mathematics modules successfully in order to complete the Foundation Programme and progress to Engineering Foundation Programme.
  • Those who can provide a valid external IELTS certification (overall band score 5.0 minimum) may be exempted from taking the placement test before enrolling in the English Foundation Programme provided that the certificate is presented before the start of the academic year.
  • Such students are to sit for the MTC Computing, Physics, Basic and Pure Mathematics Exit Examinations. The pass mark is 60%. Pathways based on Computing, Physics, Basic and Pure Mathematics Exit Examination result.

Programme Structure

The General Foundation Programme academic calendar is divided into 3 Terms. Each term has approximately 12 teaching weeks. The modules and the number of study hours per term are listed in the table below:

Modules Number of Hours per week *approx.
English 18 hours
Computing 5
Basic Mathematics 5
Pure Mathematics 4
Physics 6

Pathways and Progression

Students either follow a 1 year programme or 2 year programme which is based on the English module they are enrolled in upon entry to the General Foundation Programme. Students enrolled in English modules one and two students will follow a 2 year programme while those students enrolled in English modules four and five will follow a 1 year programme. Students who are enrolled in English module 3 students will follow either programme depending on their progression.

English language modules progression

  • 1. Pass of 60% (overall) is required to progress to
    the next module.
  • 2. A student is allowed to repeat a module only once.
  • 3. Students are expected to successfully complete the Foundation Programme within a maximum of two years. Those starting the programme at English 1 or 2 study the programme
    for two years. Students starting the programme at English 3, 4, or 5 study the programme for one year provided that they progress from one module to another successfully. Otherwise, they will study for a second year. However, if any student fails the same module twice he will be RECOMMENDED to Fail and Exit.
  • 4. If a student fails to progress to IELTS preparation course within the 2 year period of the General Foundation Programme, the recommendation will be ‘Fail & Exit’ from the college.
  • 5. Only students who complete English 4 are allowed to submit an external IELTS overall band 5.0 and above, by the deadline that the college sets.


Computing/Physics/Basic and Pure Mathematics progression

  • 1. Pass of 50% (overall) is required to pass the module.
  • 2. A student who fails a module (term 1 or 2) can Re-sit the module in term
  • 3. If the student fails the Re-sit exams he has to register the module/s the following year.
  • 4. Students starting the programme in either English 1 & 2 will study Computing in module 2.
  • 5. Students starting the programme in either English 3, 4, or 5, will study Basic Math and Computing in T1. Pure Math and Physics in T2. Re-sit in T3.

IELTS Requirement

The final summative examination to decide whether a student can progress to Engineering studies is an IELTS examination that is taken on site at MTC. Students must attain an overall band score 5.0 in order to qualify for module 3 Engineering.

Two year programme:

Students who follow the 2-year programme and do not achieve IELTS 5.0 in their first examination have to repeat IELTS preparation course module and sit IELTS for the 2nd time. Those who do not achieve IELTS 5.0 after the second chance test, either they exit the college, or, if they decide to continue their studies, they may get an external IELTS, as a last chance, during summer break.

One year programme:

Students who follow the 1- year programme and do not achieve IELTS 5.0 in their first examination have to repeat IELTS Preparation course and sit IELTS for the 2nd time. Those who do not achieve IELTS 5.0 after the 2nd chance test, they may get an external IELTS during summer break; otherwise they will follow the 2-year programme.

Teaching and Learning Resources

The General Foundation Programme uses a combination of published text books and in-house materials. Students will have the chance to further their knowledge and learn English through:

  • Active involvement in the classroom
  • Guided self-study
  • Reading extensively outside the classroom
  • Practicing regularly on E-learning websites
  • Participation in the co-curricular activities

E-learning such as activities on Moodle and other online sources are also used to provide blended learning both during class hours and during free study time. The LRC (library) is open all day, during the evenings and at weekends so students can access learning material whenever they wish to.



Academic Calendar

Once you are placed in a level, you cannot move to another.
If you fail a level, you have to repeat the level you failed and only once.
Your first point of contact is the Personal Tutor, but you can also refer to other staff depending on the nature of the problem.
Yes. You get an appointment with your teacher during the academic advising hours.
Refer back to Attendance Policy for details.
Refer back to Attendance Policy for details.
If you miss more than 20% of classes, you will not be allowed to take the final exam.
Yes, you must bring your ID card to all exam.
The cost will be deducted from your allowance and you will have to buy a new one
  • English is 60%
  • C/M/P is 50%
    Overall band 5.0