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International Foundation Arts, Humanities and Law

BA/BSc (Hons) single/combined and LLB single

This foundation course is classed as an integral part of a 4-year degree and on successful completion you will graduate with a BA or BSc (Hons) degree in one of a range of subjects including law, politics, geography, humanities, psychology, English, media and communication and more. Click 'Progression and degree options' below for a list of degrees you can study afterwards.

It is suitable for international, EU and British students who do not currently meet the entry requirements for their chosen bachelor's degree at Oxford Brookes.

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Start date

September 2020 / January 2021

How to apply

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

This course is designed for students from a range of educational backgrounds who need an additional year of study prior to their undergraduate degree. You should take this course if any of the following apply to you:


  • You have less than 13 years of schooling
  • You need to improve your academic skills and English to join an undergraduate course
  • You haven't met the entry requirements for direct entry on to the first year of a degree


The course is classed as an integral part of a 4-year degree, and takes place before the first year of your chosen degree. After four years of study (five if you take a work placement or additional year studying abroad) you will graduate with a BA or BSc (Hons) degree.

This foundation course is linked to a range of our excellent degrees in subject areas such as arts and humanities, education, international relations, languages, law, media and communication, politics, philosophy, publishing, religion and theology, and social sciences (see Progression and degree options below).

See our full range of foundation courses for international students. We have foundation courses for students with IELTS 4.5 upwards.

Teaching learning and assessment

In your foundation year you will be taught by highly qualified academic staff. They are specialists in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), and/or their subject discipline, who have many years of teaching experience both 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, and project work.

Teaching hours

You will have around 15 class hours 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).

Course content

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

You will develop your study skills and critical thinking skills before beginning your degree course. The course will also increase your knowledge and confidence in using English for academic purposes. There is not an 'English language' component of the course. However, for international students who need to raise their English level, we will consider successful completion of the foundation as bringing your language level to what is required for your degree.

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.

Study modules

You must take and pass eight modules to complete the foundation year.

Compulsory modules

Four 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 - Develop your research, critical thinking and study skills and understand the culture and expectations of taking a university degree.
  • Intercultural Communication - Increase your awareness and understanding of how people from diverse backgrounds, including yours, interact with, and interpret, the world around them; prepare yourself for studying in a multicultural university and, in future, living and working as an active citizen in a globalised world.
  • Foundation Project - Understand the processes of planning, researching and writing a substantial assignment to the standards required for higher education; you will finally submit a 2,500-word paper.
  • Modern Thought - Examine major thinkers, theories and beliefs of the modern era. Reflect critically on diverse theories of knowledge.

Optional modules

Your choice of three optional modules will depend on your interests and future study plans. Your Academic Adviser 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 (Level 3)

  • Foundation Law
  • Literature, Art and Media
  • International Relations
  • International Development

Undergraduate level (Level 4)

  • Bloody Histories - Crime and violence in the West
  • Perspectives on Modern Britain
  • Understanding Music on Screen


Student support

Our student support team provides academic and pastoral student support services for all students across all Pathways programmes. The Pathways student support is facilitated by the Student Support Co-ordinators (SSCs) for the Oxford Brookes Business School. Find out more.  

Course dates

September 2020 / January 2021

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

Course length

Full time 1-year foundation course leading to 3-year undergraduate degree (or 4-year undergraduate degree if it involves a work placement or you take a study abroad year)

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Start date

September 2020 / January 2021

Guaranteed progression: You will progress automatically to your degree once you pass your foundation year with 40%. You can choose the degree you want to study when you apply to us or during your course. We can help you decide.

This foundation can prepare you for a range of outstanding degrees at Oxford Brookes University including:

Arts, Digital Media and Publishing

  • BSc (Hons) Digital Media Production
  • BA (Hons) Film
  • BA (Hons) Communication, Media and Culture
  • BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics
  • BA (Hons) Media, Journalism and Publishing

Humanities and Languages

  • BA (Hons) English Literature with Creative Writing
  • BA (Hons) History
  • BA (Hons) History of Art
  • BA (Hons) English Literature
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy
  • BA (Hons) Applied Languages
  • BA (Hons) Japanese Studies


  • LLB (Hons) Law

Social Sciences

  • BA (Hons) Anthropology
  • BSc (Hons) Biological Anthropology
  • BA (Hons) Criminology
  • BA (Hons) Geography
  • BA (Hons) International Relations (as part of a joint degree)
  • BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics
  • BA (Hons) Politics (as part of a joint degree)
  • BA (Hons) Social Anthropology
  • BA (Hons) Sociology (as part of a joint degree)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology

Sport, Exercise and Nutrition

  • BSc (Hons) Sport, Coaching and Physical Education

Course list subject to change

If you do not see the degree you want to study in this list, please see our other international foundation courses.

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 from staff here at Oxford Brookes.

The tuition fees for international students for the foundation year are £12,830 (Sept 2019/Jan 2020). For EU (including British) applicants the tuition fees are £9,250.*

After the foundation year, you will pay fees for the relevant undergraduate course. If you are an EU (including British) student you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK government for the whole duration of your degree including the foundation year.

Due to UK Government funding regulations, we unfortunately cannot accept UK/EU students on to this course in January. You are welcome to apply for our International Foundation Diploma, but no government funding is available for these courses. Please contact us on pathways@brookes.ac.uk if you have any questions about this.

*Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees from have been announced by the UK government, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the University meeting expectations in the new Teaching Excellence Framework. Further information is available in the Minister of State for Universities and Science’s written statement from 21 July 2016. They are also subject to OFFA’s approval of the University’s access statement. 

**The fees that EU/EEA students starting courses at UK universities after the UK has formally left the EU are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please see www.brookes.ac.uk/eu/ for the most up-to-date information.

Entry requirements


  • Qualifications from your country
  • British A-levels: 88 UCAS tariff points from 3 A Levels (equivalent to CCD)
  • International Baccalaureate: 24 points
  • or equivalent

English language

  • IELTS 5.5 overall with 5.5 in all skills
  • Pearson Test of English 51 overall with 51 in all communicative skills

Module options are available if you have a higher level or are a native speaker of English.

English language requirements for visas

This course is classed as a B2 level for visa purposes. To apply for a student visa you will need to meet the minimum B2 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

September entry

Applications for September entry can be made directly to the university or through UCAS.

If you are applying through UCAS, you will need to use the following details:
Institution code: O66
Course code: Y002
Institution code name: OXFD
Short form of course: BA/IFA

For assistance with your application contact our admissions team on admissions@brookes.ac.uk

January entry

Apply online directly to Oxford Brookes. January entry is not available to British or EU students due to government funding regulations.

Tier 4 visas for international students

If you are an international student and need a Tier 4 student visa to enter the UK, then you will get a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) for four years which will cover your foundation year and your three-year full-time degree course.

Students wishing to take a work placement on a degree where this is optional would need to renew their visa at home before beginning their degree. Please contact admissions@brookes.ac.uk for the best advice.

Further information about visas and work placements

Terms and conditions of enrolment

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