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Certificate in Academic Preparation

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  • At least one year.


Programme Entry Requirements

Students must complete the Bahrain Polytechnic Selection Test and achieve the required English and Maths levels. To meet the English level, students may also submit a completed IELTS with no band less than 4.0, or equivalent.


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Introduction & Programme Aims

The Certificate in Academic Preparation Programme (CAP) prepares students for degree study. CAP offers a flexible, innovative programme designed to meet students’ goals and learning needs. Students are placed in courses according to their academic requirements which will further develop personal growth, technical skills, numeracy and academic literacy. Students will also become familiar with the Polytechnic environment and requirements of study at this level.

The Programme is planned to meet the individual learning needs of students in a supportive environment that enhances the development of confidence, and the ability to make informed decisions related to ongoing study options.

The Programme aims to raise students’ awareness of Bahrain’s labour market and to develop their future employability skills.


Graduate Profile

Graduates of this programme will have the academic study skills and knowledge to be able to:

  • Apply essential knowledge and academic study skills.
  • Use written and oral communication.
  • Demonstrate basic maths skills.
  • Demonstrate their employability skills.

Career Opportunities

The Certificate in Academic Preparation Programme does not lead directly to a career but prepares students to succeed at a higher level of study. The Programme has a strong focus on academic literacy and includes academic advising. It also offers career development which will enable students to make informed study and career choices.

Teaching and Assessment

The Programme has a strong student-centred approach. A range of learning and teaching activities are used, such as tutorials and workshops, skills development, problem-based learning, research, mini-projects, presentations, team work and reflections.

Employability skills: communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, learning and technology are addressed throughout the Programme.

Students are assessed in a variety of ways including skills testing, individual and group presentations and assignments.


  • Certificate in Academic Preparation

Summary of Programme Structure

The Programme is flexible and designed to meet individual learning needs.  Students are assessed and placed according to their level in English and Maths.

To gain the Certificate in Academic Preparation students must complete the following five courses:

  • Personal Academic Learning
  • Explore
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics

The Programme also offers a range of electives related to IT, Engineering, Business, Visual Design, Logistics and Web Media. The Programme is structured to help students prepare for their chosen degree.


Certificate in Academic Practice Courses

Course Title Course Code Mandatory /Optional NQF Level NQF Credit
Mathematics 1EL5001Optional310
English 1AP3201Optional320
Alexander the Great LogisticianAP4001Optional45
Business EssentialsAP4002Optional45
Business Success StoriesAP4003Optional45
Web MediaAP4004Optional410
Where on Earth are we?AP4005Optional45
Physics for EngineeringAP4006Optional410
Visual Communication PrimerAP4007Optional410
Mathematics 2 (General)AP4101Optional410
Mathematics 2 (Technical)AP4102Optional415
English 2AP4203Mandatory420
Information Communications TechnologyAP4306Mandatory410
Introduction to ComputingAP5005Optional515
Personal Academic LearningAP5301Mandatory515

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