International Foundation Diploma

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

The International Foundation Diploma fully prepares international students for undergraduate courses at Oxford Brookes University. It provides a bridge between school study in your home country and undergraduate study at a UK university.

Choose this course if you have fewer than 13 years of schooling and want to enter an undergraduate course. This diploma leads to courses in subjects such as business and management, computing, English language and communication, film studies, hospitality and tourism, international relations, law, life sciences, politics, social sciences and education.

See our full range of international foundation courses suitable for students with a range of IELTS levels. These include our integrated four-year degrees that combine your foundation and undergraduate degree, and our standalone foundation course for native or near-native speakers.

Teaching learning and assessment

The International Foundation Diploma trains you to become an independent learner and fully prepares you for university study. 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 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.

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.

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 and 15 class hours in semester 2 per week. Classes are held Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays), usually between 9am and 4pm. 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

Over two semesters you choose a personal pathway of modules that build on your language and academic skills and reflect your own subject and career interests.

You will develop your knowledge of academic subjects 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.

You will also increase your knowledge of English and confidence in using it for academic purposes, and develop your study skills and critical thinking skills before beginning your degree course.

Modules

You must take and pass eight modules to complete the diploma.

Compulsory modules

Three compulsory modules will develop your academic study skills and your critical-thinking skills in preparation for your future courses. These are:

  • Orientation to University Studies (double credit) 
  • Foundation Project
  • Intercultural Communication

Optional modules

Your choice of four optional modules will depend on your interests and future study plans. We will advise you on the best combination at the start of the course. As courses are reviewed regularly the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.

Foundation level

  • Foundations of Computer Systems
  • Foundations of Computer Programming
  • Perspectives on Business Studies
  • Foundation Economics
  • Perspectives on Macroeconomics
  • Foundation Tourism and Hospitality
  • Foundation Media Studies
  • Foundations of Modern Theory and Belief
  • Literature and Arts in Context
  • International Relations
  • Introduction to International Development
  • Modern British Cinema and Society
  • Foundation Law
  • Foundation Politics
  • Foundations of Cell and Human Biology
  • Foundations of Chemistry
  • Foundations of Genetics and Ecology

Undergraduate level

  • Basic Survey Methods
  • Basic Data Analysis
  • Basic Mathematical Methods I
  • Basic Mathematical Methods II
  • Video Production
  • Electronic Product Design
  • Multimedia IT Skills
  • Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • Foundations of Social Psychology
  • Raising Individual Financial Awareness
  • Foundations of Business
  • Global Business Communications
  • Planning a Successful Event
  • Publishing Principles
  • Publishing Principles and Practice: Author to Reader
  • The Rise of the Modern World
  • Contemporary British Studies
  • Introduction to Language and Society

Recommended 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 particular 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 S); Foundation Tourism and Hospitality (Semester 1 or S); International Relations (Semester 1 or 2 or S); Perspectives on Macroeconomics (Semester 2)
  • Undergraduate level: Foundations of Business* (Semester 1 or 2 or S); Global Business Communications (Semester 1 or 2); Basic Data Analysis (Semester 2); Basic Survey Methods (Semester 1 or 2); Raising Individual Financial Awareness (Semester 1 or 2); Planning a Successful Event (Semester 1)
    Also: Basic Mathematical Methods I* (Semester 1) or Basic Mathematical Methods II* (Semester 2) if required for Business

Recommended for law, politics and psychology

  • Foundation level: Foundation Law (Semester 1 or 2); Foundation Politics (Semester 2); International Relations (Semester 1 or 2 or S); Literature and Arts in Context (Semester 2)
  • Undergraduate level: Foundations of Social Psychology (Semester 1); Politics in Comparative Perspective (Semester 2); The Rise of the Modern World (Semester 2)
    Also: Basic Mathematical Methods I* (Semester 1) or Basic Mathematical Methods II* (Semester 2) if required for Psychology

Recommended for the social sciences, humanities, media, communication and publishing

  • Foundation level: Foundation Media Studies (Semester 1); Literature and Arts in Context (Semester 2); Modern British Cinema and Society (Semester 2)
  • Undergraduate level: Foundations of Social Psychology (Semester 1); Politics in Comparative Perspective (Semester 2); Video Production; Electronic Product Design; Multimedia IT Skills; Publishing Principles and Practice; 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: Video Production; Electronic Product Design; Multimedia IT Skills
    Also Basic Mathematical Methods I* (Semester 1 or 2) or Basic Mathematical Methods II* (Semester 2) (only if required for undergraduate programme)

Recommended modules for science

  • Foundation level: Foundations of Cell and Human Biology (Semester 1); Foundations of Genetics and Ecology (Semester 2); Foundations of Chemistry (Semester 2)
  • Undergraduate level: Basic Mathematical Methods I* (Semester 1 or 2); Basic Mathematical Methods II*; Basic Survey Methods (Semester 1 or 2) or Basic Data Analysis (Semester 1 or 2)
*Not available to students with equivalent AS/A2 level qualifications

Semester 1 = Sept-Dec
Semester 2 = Feb-May
S (Summer semester) = June-Aug

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 2015 start

Enrolment and induction: 14-18 September 2015
Semester 1: 21 September – 18 December 2015
Semester 2: 1 February  – 20 May 2016

January 2016 start

Enrolment and induction: 28-29 January 2016
Semester 1: 1 February – 20 May 2016
Semester 2: 1 June – 21 August 2016

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

Key facts

This course is taught by Oxford Brookes International

Course length

Full-time:  2 semesters

Teaching location

Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane

Start date

September 2015 or January 2016

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, life sciences, politics, social sciences, or education.

Guaranteed progression: Your place on a three year 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

The tuition fees for international students are £10,370 (2015/16).

For UK and EU students the tuition fees are £9,000 (2014/15 and 2015/16). You will not be eligible for a student loan or other funding from the UK government for this 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

If your English level is IELTS 4.5 (with 4.0 in all skills) or equivalent you can apply for our International Foundation Diploma (Extended pathway).

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.

More information for students aged under 18.

How to apply

Apply online directly to Oxford Brookes.

Admissions Officer Parrizad Pound

Your admissions officer for this course, Parrizad Pound (right), will be pleased to advise you and will see your application through to the moment you enrol at Brookes.

Contact her on pathways@brookes.ac.uk or +44 (0)1865 483874 for more information

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.