The Life Sciences Foundation develops your basic mathematical, scientific, communication and study skills. Once you have successfully completed this stage you can proceed to Year 1 of your chosen honours degree in life sciences.
To see the list of courses available on completion of the foundation stage, see the After Graduation tab.
When you arrive, you will be asked to indicate which area of science you intend to study for your degree. The decision you make at this stage will not commit you. If your interests change during the foundation course, you can still be accepted on to our other science courses.
To complete your foundation stage you must pass all eight module credits. Your foundation project gives you the opportunity to investigate a topic in your chosen degree discipline. Doing this will demonstrate that you have the necessary independent learning skills.
All modules are compulsory. As courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules may differ from those shown here:
- Foundation Academic Skills
- Foundation Biology (double)
- Foundation Mathematics (double)
- Foundation Chemistry (double)
- Foundation Project.
You should be aware that teaching happens at Abingdon Campus and that you are responsible for meeting the costs associated with your travel to this campus which are around £20 per week if you travel from Oxford Brookes. Throughout the year, some sessions will be held at Oxford Brookes; again, you need to cover the travel costs.
There may also be additional costs for learning resources such as books, stationary and for the production of coursework, which vary according to the individual student but should not be more than £150.
Home/EU - full time off-campus fee: 2017/18: £7,000
International - full time off-campus fee : 2017/18: £8,000
*Please note tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.
Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
Funding and scholarships
For general sources of financial support, see:
Specific entry requirements
A-Level: two years' post-16 study
GCSE: five passes at grades A to C or equivalent, including a science subject
We seek to admit students who will make good scientists and accept that qualifications are not the only indicator of future potential.
Please also see the University's general entry requirements.
English language requirements
Students educated in a language other than English need English language at IELTS level 6.0 in reading and writing.
Please also see the University's standard English language requirements
International and EU applications
Preparation courses for EU students
We offer a range of courses to help students meet the academic and English language entry requirements for their courses and also familiarise them with university life.
Find out more about the international foundation pathways we offer and our pre-sessional English language courses.
Country specific entry requirements
If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
How to apply
Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.
Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.
We have a high success rate with a large proportion of our students obtaining good science degrees. For example, several of our foundation students have gone on to successfully complete PhD study. Depending on the degree subject you choose, you will have a plethora of career opportunities open to you. Just some examples of our graduates' roles include:
- nutrition relief work for Oxfam
- sports therapy for disadvantaged children
- conservation biologist.
Successful completion of the foundation course allows direct entry onto a wide range of three-year science degree courses at Oxford Brookes, namely:
- Animal Biology and Conservation - BSc (Hons)
- Biological Sciences - BSc (Hons)
- Biology - BSc (Hons)
- Biomedical Science - BSc (Hons)
- Environmental Sciences - BSc (Hons)
- Human Biology - BSc (Hons)
- Medical Science - BMedSc (Hons)
- Nutrition - BSc (Hons)
- Sport and Exercise Science - BSc (Hons)
- Equine Science - BSc (Hons)
- Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management - BSc (Hons)