International Foundation Diploma (Extended pathway)

Foundation diploma

Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English

This course is taught by Oxford Brookes International

This course prepares international students for undergraduate courses at a UK university. You will improve your knowledge of the academic subjects, study skills and use of English for academic purposes.

Overview

You should take this course if you need to take a foundation course before starting undergraduate study and have an English level of IELTS 4.5 or equivalent.

In your first semester you will improve your academic English skills and you will then continue onto foundation modules for your second and third semesters. You will only need to make one application and you can apply for a visa for the whole three semester programme.

The programme will help you to meet the English language and academic entry requirements for undergraduate degrees in a range of subjects.

Teaching learning and assessment

The programme fully prepares you for university study at a UK university. You will experience all the teaching and learning methods used in British universities, such as lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will develop your listening and note-taking skills and learn how to take part in seminars. You will also develop your own ideas through group discussions and class presentations.

You will gain practice and training in the different kinds of assessment that are common in higher education, for instance essays, reports, individual and group presentations, learning journals, project work and examinations.

You will be taught by highly qualified academic staff. They are specialists in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) who have many years of teaching experience in the UK and overseas.

Class sizes are small, with a maximum of 16 students for skills classes. You will be allocated an academic adviser to help you with academic issues and guide you through your progression to the undergraduate course.

There will be a maximum of 18 students in a class in your compulsory modules. Your subject specialisation modules may be larger.

Teaching hours

You will have 18 class hours in semester 1, 18 class hours in semester 2 and 15 class hours in semester 3 per week. Classes are held Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays), usually between 9am and 5pm. Some subject modules may be between 5pm and 8pm.

You will need to spend at least 20 hours per week on independent study which includes homework, assignments, tutorials, reading and preparation for classes (in groups or individually).

Accreditation and quality

We are accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English as a foreign language. The report from our last inspection stated:

The British Council inspected and accredited Oxford Brookes International in October 2009. The Accreditation Scheme assesses the standards of management, resources and premises, teaching and welfare and accredits organisations which meet the overall standard in each area inspected (see www.britishcouncil.org/accreditation for details).

The large English language teaching department of this university offers courses in academic English for adults.

Points of excellence were noted in aspects of general management, academic resources, course design and learner training.

The inspection report stated that the organisation met the standards of the Scheme.

In detail

Course content

Semester 1

In the first semester you will improve your English language skills on the modules that are part of University English Level 1

Semester 2 and 3

During your final two semesters you will take International Foundation Diploma modules to further develop your knowledge of using English for academic purposes. You will develop your subject knowledge through modules related to your future course of study. One or two of these modules will be at undergraduate level to give you the experience of studying at a higher level with British and international students.

On successful completion of this programme you will receive a certificate for the International Foundation Diploma. Your transcript will show all the modules you have taken over the 3 semesters.

Modules

You will take four modules in each semester.

Semester 1

  • Academic Writing
  • Academic Reading
  • Academic Listening and Speaking
  • Grammar and Vocabulary Skills

Semester 2 and 3

Your three compulsory modules will further develop your English and academic study skills in preparation for your future courses.

  • Preparation for University Studies (double module)
  • Foundation Project.

You will take 5 optional modules based on you future education and career interests. Ths courses are reviewed regularly so the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.

Foundation

  • Foundations of Computer Systems
  • Foundations of Computer Programming
  • Perspectives on Business Studies
  • Foundation Economics
  • Foundation Tourism and Hospitality
  • Foundation Media Studies
  • Orientation to Study Skills
  • Introduction to Academic Writing
  • Literature and Arts in Context
  • Intercultural Communication
  • International Relations
  • Modern British Cinema and Society
  • Foundation Law
  • Perspectives on the Social Sciences
  • Foundation Politics
  • Thinking Critically

Basic undergraduate modules

  • Basic Survey Methods
  • Basic Data Analysis
  • Basic Mathematical Methods I
  • Basic Mathematical Methods II
  • Introduction to Human Rights
  • Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • Foundations of Social Psychology
  • Foundations of Business
  • Managing in a Diverse Global Environment
  • Planning a Successful Event
  • Publishing Principles and Practice: Author to Reader
  • The Rise of the Modern World
  • Contemporary British Studies

Recommended optional modules for particular pathways

You can choose modules according to your previous experience, interests and study plans. However, the following modules are recommended for progression to undergraduate degrees in these subject areas.

Recommended for business, marketing, accounting and tourism

  • Foundation level: Perspectives on Business Studies (Semester 1 or 2 or S); Foundation Economics (Semester 1 or 2); Intercultural Communication (Semester 1 or 2 or S); Foundation Tourism (Semester 1 or S); International Relations (Semester 1 or 2 or S); Thinking Critically (Semester 1 or 2 or S).
  • Undergraduate level: Foundations of Business (Semester 1 or 2); Managing in a Diverse Global Environment (Semester 1 or 2); Basic Data Analysis (Semester 1 or 2); Basic Survey Methods (Semester 1 or 2); Raising Individual Financial Awareness (Semester 1 or 2); Planning a Successful Event (Semester 2)
    Also: Basic Mathematical Methods I (Semester 1 or 2) or Basic Mathematical Methods II (Semester 2) if required for Business

Recommended for law, politics and psychology

  • Foundation level: Intercultural Communication (Semester 1 or 2 or S); Foundation Law (Semester 2); Foundation Politics (Semester 2); International Relations (Semester 1 or 2 or S); Literature and Arts in Context (Semester 2); Thinking Critically (Semester 1 or 2 or S).
  • Undergraduate level: Foundations of Social Psychology (Semester 1); Introduction to Human Rights (Semester 2); Politics in Comparative Perspective (Semester 2); The Rise of the Modern World (Semester 2) ; Introduction to Philosophy (Semester 1)
    Also: Basic Mathematical Methods I (Semester 1 or 2) or Basic Mathematical Methods II (Semester 2) if required for Psychology

Recommended for the social sciences and humanities, media and communication

  • Foundation level: Perspectives on the Social Sciences (Semester 1); Foundation Media Studies (Semester 1); Intercultural Communication (Semester 1 or 2 or S); Literature and Arts in Context (Semester 2); Modern British Cinema and Society (Semester 2); Thinking Critically (Semester 1 or 2 or S)
  • Undergraduate level: Foundations of Social Psychology (Semester 1); Introduction to Philosophy (Semester 1); Politics in Comparative Perspective (Semester 2); Publishing Principles and Practice: Author to Reader (Semester 2).

Recommended for computing

  • Foundation level: Foundations of Computer Systems (Semester 1); Foundations of Computer Programming (Semester 2)
  • Undergraduate level: Basic Mathematical Methods I (Semester 1 or 2) or Basic Mathematical Methods II (Semester 2) (only if required for undergraduate programme)

Student Support

Our dedicated student support team are here throughout your time at Oxford Brookes International and can help with any problems or issue you may face. They can provide one to one support, pastoral advice and guidance to help you progress through your course. They also organise our welcome programme and social events for students.

Course dates

September 2013 start

Semester 1: 23 September – 20 December 2013
Semester 2: 27 January – 16 May 2014
Semester 3: 2 June - 22 August 2014

(See our university calendar for details of bank holidays.)

Key facts

This course is taught by Oxford Brookes International

Course length

Full-time:  1 year (September to August)

Teaching location

Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane

Start date

September 2014

Progression and degree options

You can progress to undergraduate courses in business and management, computing, English language and communication, film studies, hospitality and tourism, international relations, law, politics, social sciences, or education.

Four-year offer: we can offer international students with the appropriate qualifications a place on the International Foundation Diploma followed by three years of undergraduate study to degree level. Your place on an undergraduate course is guaranteed provided you pass the foundation diploma with the required grades.

We will give you advice on the best course for you and help you to apply for your chosen undergraduate course at Oxford Brookes or another British university. There are lectures and seminars on British higher education, and individual help with your application through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) from our admissions staff, our administrative team and your tutors.

Tuition fees

£13,375 for international students and £12,400 for EU/UK students in 2014/2015.

A £1000 deposit is now required for the Extended International Foundation Diploma Pathway course.

Teaching materials

Your tuition fees include most of your teaching materials, and gives you access to the university’s learning facilities including the libraries, computers and virtual learning environment. You will need to purchase specific text books for this course costing up to approximately £100.

Deposits and refunds

A non-refundable £1,000 deposit is required to secure your place on this course.

In the unlikely event that you decide to leave within the first four weeks of the course we will refund the tuition fees minus the £1,000 deposit and the cost of the number of teaching weeks attended. No refunds are available after the fourth week of the course. For more information see our terms and conditions.

How to apply / Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Academic

  • High school leaving certificate, A-levels, Baccalaureate or equivalent

English language

  • IELTS 4.5 (with 4.5 in all skills)
  • TOEFL ibt 50 overall with 8 in reading, 14 in writing, 11 in listening and 17 in speaking

English language requirements for visas

This course is classed as a B1 level for visa purposes. To apply for a student visa you will need to meet the minimum B1 English language requirements.

Minimum age

The normal minimum age for this course is 18. We will admit 17-year-olds on a case-by-case basis if they turn 18 during the academic year in which the course runs.

Under 18s are only admitted to the University if they live in student accommodation. Find out more about the university's policy on the safeguarding of children.

How to apply

You should apply directly to Oxford Brookes International using the application form available from our website.

Alternatively please call us on +44 (0) 1865 483874 or email us on pathways@brookes.ac.uk.

Conditions of acceptance

When you accept our offer, you agree to the conditions of acceptance. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.