The GFP (General Foundation Program) at AOU Oman prepares students (in both modes of study: open education and sponsored students) for their higher education studies and hence precedes the first formal year of specialization courses. The courses in the GFP have zero credit and the assessment mechanisms only determine if a student has acquired the desired learning outcomes. However, it may require a student to take level / course again if he /she does not score the minimum in the assessments and the final exams.
The GFP at AOU Oman consists of:
- English Language (three levels)
- General Study Skills
Though the AOU has branches in other countries, the GFP at these branches is not unified as it is tailored to students’ needs. At AOU Oman, the GFP is follows the standards set by the Ministry of Higher Education.
Entry to the GFP program at AOU Oman requires a student to take placement tests for English, IT and Mathematics. These tests are administered electronically and places a student in the appropriate levels. Depending on the scores of the placement tests, a student may be placed in level 1, 2 or 3. A student will not be able to opt for Math and IT foundation courses if placed in level 1(English). These courses are offered only from Level 2. Study skills are incorporated into all the courses of the GFP program in the form of assignments, quizzes and assessments. Tutorial hours for English courses vary between 10 and 20 hours a week (depending of the mode of study), 2 and 4 hours a week (depending on the mode of study) for IT and Math.
It is also possible for a student to clear all three levels of English. In this case, the student may directly enter post foundation English Courses (2 levels) but still may have to take IT and Math foundation courses if the score secured is not acceptable.
As the GFP at AOU Oman is designed to provide a strong foundation to students in language, IT and Math skills, it is imperative that students try to attend all classes for the semester.