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Entry Requirements

HCT Admission Requirements And Eligibility Criteria

Admission and placements in all HCT credential programs are subject to the following criteria:.

General Admission Requirements

Applicants who meet the following requirements are eligible to apply for admission to the Higher Colleges of Technology according to the admission policy and regulations for the relevant programs:

  • They have passed the UAE Government’s General School Certificate (GSC) or its equivalent with a minimum average of 60%.
  • They have completed the Emirates Standardized Test (EmSAT) in English, or equivalent.

Eligible applications for admission (as specified above) shall be in accordance with the following mechanisms and criteria:

Applied Track: “Applied Bachelor” Programs

1. MoE Graduates of the Elite Stream or equivalent, fulfilling the following criteria:

  • Minimum GSC overall average of 60% for all programs, except Pharmacy, Nursing, and Education programs (Minimum GSC average of 65 % for Nursing, minimum GSC average 70 % for Education and minimum GSC average of 80% for Pharmacy), or equivalent.
  • Minimum EmSAT-English score of 1100, or equivalent.
  • Minimum EmSAT-Arabic score of 800 for Education & Pharmacy programs, and minimum 600 for Nursing program, or equivalent.
  • Minimum EmSAT-Math score of 900, or equivalent, for Pharmacy program and minimum 700 for Nursing and Education programs, or equivalent.
  • 900 or higher in two of three science subjects (EmSAT -Chemistry, EmSAT-Biology or EmSAT-Physics), or equivalent for Pharmacy.
  • 700 or higher in two of three science subjects (EmSAT -Chemistry, EmSAT-Biology or EmSAT-Physics), or equivalent, for Nursing.
  • Pass the personal interview for either Education, Pharmacy or Nursing programs, only.

2. MoE Graduates of the Advanced Stream or equivalent, fulfilling the following criteria:

  • Minimum GSC overall average of 60% for non-Engineering Technology programs and Marine Transport Program, excluding Bachelor of Pharmacy, Nursing & Education.
  • Minimum GSC overall average of 70% for Engineering Technology programs, excluding Marine Transport Program.
  • Minimum EmSAT-English score of 1100, or equivalent.

3. MoE Graduates of the General Stream or equivalent, fulfilling the following criteria:

  • Minimum GSC overall average of 70% for non-Engineering Technology programs and Marine Transport Program, excluding Bachelor of Pharmacy, Nursing & Education.
  • For Engineering Technology programs, excluding Marine Transport Program:
  • - Minimum GSC overall average of 80%.
  • - Minimum EmSAT-Math score of 800.
  • - Minimum EmSAT-Physics score of 750 OR minimum EmSAT-Chemistry score of 600.
  • Minimum EmSAT- English score of 1100 or equivalent.

4. MoE Graduates of Applied Stream, or equivalent, eligible for admission consideration in only Business and Engineering Technology programs, must fulfill the following criteria:

  • For Business Programs:
  • - Minimum GSC overall average of 70%.
  • - Minimum EmSAT-Math score of 450.
  • For Engineering Technology programs excluding Marine Transport Program:
  • - Minimum GSC overall average of 80%.
  • - Minimum EmSAT-Math score of 800.
  • - Minimum EmSAT-Physics score of 750 OR minimum EmSAT-Chemistry score of 600.
  • Minimum EmSAT- English score of 1100 or equivalent.

5. MoE Graduates of the General and Advanced Streams, fulfilling the following criteria for Education programs:

  • Minimum GSC overall average of 70% for Elite stream, or equivalent; 75% for Advanced Stream and 80% for General Stream, or equivalent.
  • Minimum EmSAT-Arabic score of 800.
  • Minimum EmSAT- Math score of 700, or equivalent.
  • Minimum EmSAT-English score of 1100 or equivalent.
  • Pass the personal interview.

6. Admission Criteria for Bachelor of Pharmacy:

  • Minimum GSC overall average of 85% for Advanced Stream, or equivalent, and a minimum of 80% for Elite Stream, or equivalent only.
  • EmSAT- Arabic >= 800.
  • EmSAT- Math >= 900 or equivalent.
  • 900 or higher in two of three science subjects (EmSAT -Chemistry, EmSAT- Biology or EmSAT- Physics), or equivalent.
  • Minimum EmSAT-English score of 1100 or equivalent.
  • Pass the personal interview

7.Admission Criteria for Bachelor of Nursing:

  • Minimum GSC overall average of 80% for General Stream; minimum of 70% for Advanced Stream and a minimum of 65% for Elite Stream, or equivalent.
  • EmSAT-Arabic >= 600 or Equivalent.
  • EmSAT-Math>= 700 or Equivalent.
  • 700 or higher in two of three science subjects (EmSAT -Chemistry, EmSAT- Biology or EmSAT- Physics) or equivalent.
  • Minimum EmSAT-English score of 1100 or equivalent.
  • Pass the personal interview.

In certain cases, and upon directives from the HCT senior management, applicants who don’t meet any of the aforementioned criteria can be considered for admission in certain programs.

English Proficiency Requirements

To enter a Bachelor’s program at the HCT, students must have achieved an EmSAT English score of at least 1100, or a band of 5.0 in Academic IELTS. Students who have not achieved the equivalent of EmSAT 1100 may be admitted conditionally to certain programs. To be considered for their final admission, they must successfully complete 1-2 prerequisite English Communication courses, within one academic year, before enrolling in program courses.