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International Foundation Arts, Humanities and Law

BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) or LLB Law (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2020 / January 2021 / September 2021 / January 2022



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)


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. See '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.

You will develop your study skills and critical thinking skills before beginning your degree. 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 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.

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How to apply

Entry requirements

Academic 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

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.

English language requirements

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

English 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.

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.

Credit transfer

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.

Application process

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

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 for the best advice.

Further information about visas and work placements


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Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time

International full time

Home/EU full time

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2020 / 21
Home/EU full time

International full time

2021 / 22
Home/EU full time

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

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 if you have any questions about this.

*Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees 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 for the most up-to-date information.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

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 below.

Learning and assessment

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.

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Study modules

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

You will study

Compulsory modules

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 2,000-word paper.

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.

Modern Thought

Examine major thinkers, theories and beliefs of the modern era. Reflect critically on diverse theories of knowledge.

Orientation to University Studies

Develop your research, critical thinking and study skills and understand the culture and expectations of taking a university degree.

Optional modules

Foundation level (Level 3) and Undergraduate level (Level 4) modules

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

  • Maths and Statistics for University Study
  • Foundation Law
  • Literature, Art and Media
  • Global Issues
  • Introduction to International Development

Undergraduate level (Level 4)

  • Bloody Histories - Crime and Violence in the West
  • Perspectives on Modern Britain
  • Understanding Music on Screen
  • Spanish A1
  • French A1
  • German A1
  • Conversational Chinese

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

In your foundation year you will be taught by highly qualified academic staff. They are specialists in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and various subject disciplines 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, reflective 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).


Assessment methods used on this course

Assessment methods used on this course

You will have around 15 class hours 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).


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. 

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

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 a British university. There are lectures and seminars on British higher education, and individual help with your application from staff here at Oxford Brookes.

If you would like to check your eligibility to study an undergraduate course, please contact the admissions team on or call +44 (0) 1865 483040 for further information.

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.