Foundation Year Programme
The Foundation Year Programme aims to provide students with a Bahrain High School diploma or other qualification below the standard entry qualification for a UK degree programme with the basic knowledge and skills required for degree-level study. The level of attainment is benchmarked against the UK’s Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)’s ‘A’ level standard.
Introductory modules in subjects related to Banking, Finance and Accounting will form the basis for more in-depth and specialized study in later years of the Diploma programme. Subject-specific study is combined with modules emphasizing the acquisition and practice of the personal and study skills which students will find essential to their success in the Diploma and beyond.
A UK organization has visited the BIBF and over the next few weeks will be undertaking an evaluation of the Foundation Year programme to determine how it compares with qualifications in the UK education system. The programme has already been validated by a British university and the BIBF also provides TNE programmes for US and UK universities in Bahrain.
Hopefully by working with this organization BIBF will ensure that our students are able to use the Foundation Year to enter universities in the UK, the US, Australia and Canada; basically anywhere they choose.
In addition, students who pass the international foundations programme will be able to enter all of BIBF’s undergraduate programmes as well.
Programme Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this programme, participants will be able to demonstrate:
A – KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
- Knowledge of some of the contexts in which business and finance operate, including institutional, ethical, social, regulatory and professional contexts.
- Knowledge of some of the technical language and practices of business and finance.
B – INTELLECTUAL SKILLS
- Ability to evaluate information, arguments and evidence, taking into consideration internal and external factors, assess appropriateness of fact and opinion, and alternative courses of action, and make informed judgments.
- Ability to apply knowledge of business and finance practices to problems and issues arising from familiar and some unfamiliar situations.
C – PRACTICAL SKILLS
- Not applicable
D – TRANSFERABLE SKILLS & PERSONAL QUALITIES
- Numeracy skills, including the ability to work with financial and other numerical data, and knowledge of statistical concepts.
- Communication skills, including oral and written presentation skills.
- Ability to use basic software and IT packages for business and study, including Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and information search engines.
- A capacity for independent and self-managed learning.
- Ability to work in groups.
Teaching and Learning Support
The support provided to students will follow the BIBF Code of Practice on Quality Assurance Chapter III. Program-specific provisions are set out below.
- Student Induction - A half-day orientation is run for the programme. The orientation comprises an introduction to BIBF and the programme by the BIBF Director, the Head of the Academic and Executive Center, and the Academic Coordinator. Students receive the programme structure, timetable and calendar for the year, BIBF Student Handbook, the Student Charter and University of Wales Programme Handbook, and are given a tour of BIBF’s facilities.
- Student Support - All students are allocated a personal tutor at the start of the academic year, who meets with them regularly to offer advice and guidance on a range of academic and non-academic matters.
- Learning Materials - Students have access to BIBF’s on-site library, as well as on-line access to the University of Wales’ library. The BIBF building is fully wi-fi enabled. Learning materials include module handbooks, PowerPoint slides, handouts, one main textbook and supplementary recommended reading per module.
- Four courses are taken each semester (plus an intensive IELTS course for students with an overall score under 6.0). Each course meet twice a week for two hours.
- Each semester will consist of 12 weeks of teaching, one week of revision/self-study, and one week of examinations.
- The duration is in one academic year, September-July.
- Students must pass all modules in order to successfully complete the programme.
The programme starts with the Foundation Year. Applicants are required to have:
- An acceptable high school leaving qualification
- High school diploma
- IB Diploma
- 3 GCSE A levels
- Proof of proficiency in English (if not a native speaker)
- IELTS academic test score of 5.5 (minimum) or equivalent score in TOEFL
Last updated January 6, 2016