The Polytechnic uses student-centred approaches, primarily problem- and project-based learning.
The Polytechnic’s Programmes and courses use a blended learning approach that includes face-to-face classroom-based learning, online supported delivery (e.g. Moodle, Big Blue Button, Microsoft Teams), problem- and project-based learning, job placement, internships, individual, and group work. Tutors develop lessons so students are engaged in the learning process and are encouraged to ask questions and use student-centred learning strategies. The Polytechnic endeavors to create an atmosphere in the classroom where everyone is equal and can express their learning and opinions about the subject, and share their knowledge, while tutors facilitate and guide the learning. An emphasis is placed on relevant authentic practical projects in all years of the bachelor Programmes.
Bahrain Polytechnic’s mission is to prepare its graduates to be work ready and adapt the economic dynamics of the local, regional and international market. In consultation with Bahrain’s industry partners, the first employability framework was developed in 2010 which consist of 8 employability skills (communication, teamwork, problem solving, planning & organization, learning, initiative & enterprise, self-management & finally technology).
In 2016, the new employability framework was established to highlight two systems adopted by the institution: the learning opportunities and the assurance of learning. Both systems are learner centered based on which the learner develops their knowledge skills & attributes.
The Polytechnic has specialist spaces for students to ensure they have access to the environment and equipment needed in their learning experience, such as the ICT innovation lab. Work-integrated learning is another important aspect of education that Bahrain Polytechnic offers in cooperation with local industry and business organisations, who contribute to the students learning through:
The Polytechnic’s grading system, is governed by the Results and Reporting Policy. Grade Point Values (GPV) and the Grade Point Average (GPA) are given on a scale from 0.00 to 4.00.
Assessments at Bahrain Polytechnic are governed by the Assessment and Moderation Policy and the Results and Reporting Policy. All Policies can be found here.
Learning at the Polytechnic is supported by a range of activities. Tutors and Academic staff are available to assist students in their learning. Academic Staff and Programme Managers provide Academic Advising, and every student is assigned a Mentor, to support and encourage the student in their academic and personal journey. The Polytechnic library has a range of resources to support learning, and the Library Learning Centre and English Writing Centre offer drop in and structured learning support.
The Curriculum Development unit by Bahrain Polytechnic has been designed to provide graduates with the attitude, knowledge and skills that will make them work ready. The curriculum is offered using the Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach, the provision of Work Integrated Learning and the integration of Employability Skills across the curriculum.
The Curriculum development unit mainly provides the following services to Bahrain Polytechnic:
- Co-ordinating the development of a student-centred curriculum comprised of internationally recognised and accredited courses, programmes and qualifications
- Co-ordinating the development of effective assessment and moderation practices
- Developing and maintaining effective relationships with external and internal standard setting bodies and committees
- Developing and reviewing curriculum related policies