Foundation degree graduates excel

Monday, 01 February 2010


Graduates of Foundation degrees offered by Oxford Brookes are outshining their colleagues who come to the university through more traditional routes.

Graduates of Foundation degrees offered by Oxford Brookes are outshining their colleagues who come to the university through more traditional routes.

In 2007, 71% of students who graduated via the Foundation degree route achieved either a First or 2.1 compared with 54% for the university as a whole.

Brookes currently offers 25 Foundation degrees through the Associate College Partnership (ACP) set up by the Directorate of Corporate Affairs in 2004. Successful completion means students can continue their studies at Brookes, transferring onto the final year of a related bachelor degree.

More than 800 students are now enrolled on the programmes at colleges in Abingdon and Witney, Aylesbury, Brooklands, Oxford and Cherwell Valley, Ruskin, Solihull and Swindon.

Deborah Rogers is among the latest cohort of successful students to come through the scheme. As a mature student, Deborah enrolled on the Foundation degree in Communications in Organisations (now called Business, Management and Communications) taught at Abingdon and Witney College. After successful completion of the programme Deborah progressed to the final year of a BA in Communication, Media and Culture, achieving First class honours. She has now been appointed Academic Registrar at Keble College.

A prime objective of the ACP is to provide access into higher education for local students.

Adam Lambert, UK Partnerships Liaison Manager at Oxford Brookes, said: “Deborah’s achievements and the achievements of other Foundation degree students demonstrates one of the many ways it is helping the university to positively engage in the local community and contribute to the upskilling of the workforce in the region.”

For further information on the ACP contact Adam Lambert on alambert@brookes.ac.uk

For more information on the foundation degrees available visit our foundation degrees page.