Built Environment Foundation

Foundation course

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Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2024 / September 2025



Course length

Full time: 1 year

Part time: 2 years

UCAS Tariff Points



Our Built Environment Foundation prepares you to study at degree level. As well as make plans for your future professional education and career.

You will develop your understanding and problem-solving and gain other key skills in the design and development of cities. To help develop your practical skills our course combines:

  • theory and contextual case studies
  • field trips
  • live projects.

On completing your course, you can progress to one of the following degree courses here at Oxford Brookes;

If you want to progress to Architecture or Interior Architecture you must have an acceptable portfolio of artistic work.

Built Environment Foundation

How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 48

A Level: DD

IB Points: 24


Further offer details

We welcome applications from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A Level: 48 points from 2 A Level or equivalent

GCSE: Mathematics - grade 4/C; English - grade 4/C normally required

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Applicants whose main language is not English should have Academic IELTS 6.0 with 6.0 in reading and writing, 5.5 in listening and speaking


An equivalent English language qualification acceptable to the University.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about 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

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

2024 / 25
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 534400


Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students. 

The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support. 

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

  • For information on payment methods please see our Make a Payment page.
  • For information about refunds please visit our Refund policy page

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 are detailed below.

Learning and assessment

We have designed this course to;

  • give you a good introduction to university life
  • develop your problem-solving skills in the design and development of cities
  • to introduce you to subjects that will help you to your progress to one of the relevant built environment degree courses.

You'll sample degree subjects relating to the built environment and discover new areas of study, such as:

  • planning and urban design
  • environmental sustainability
  • construction management. 

We offer field trips and live projects to develop your practical skills. We'll ask you which degree you want to pursue to ensure that your course of study is relevant. But if your interests change, you can consider other degree courses.

Built Environment Foundation

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Essential Skills in the Built Environment

  • Environmental Science

  • Introduction to Property Development

  • Introduction to Sustainable Construction

Optional modules

Integrative and Contextual Studies


Word Processing and Spreadsheet IT Skills

Foundation of Business

French A1

Spanish A1

German A1

German A2 Part 1

German A2 Part 2

Academic Listening and Speaking

Essential Academic Writing

Academic Writing for Business

Academic English for Built Environment and Architecture

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

Learning and teaching

You will learn in a lively and stimulating environment.

In Semester 1 you will take a range of modules to introduce you to studying at university. You will also take a multidisciplinary module over both semesters. This helps you clarify your further study choices here at Oxford Brookes.

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods, including;

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops 
  • tutorials.


Assessment methods used on this course

We will assess you through coursework, which counts towards your module and assessment. All our modules involve:

  • regular reading to prepare for lectures
  • problem-solving exercises. 

Study abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate

Career prospects

Foundation Built Environment is principally intended as a route to further study at degree level - and exists to develop and enhance academic skills. It will allow you to choose the most suitable area of degree specialism within the School, and make plans for the subsequent professional education that ensues. Various teaching and learning methods are employed - lectures, seminars, tutorials, and workshops - which will test written expression, presentation skills, independent learning, and working in groups. Underpinning this, students will access information from various sources and work to deadlines.

Further study

Successful completion of the Foundation course can lead you on to one of the following degree courses at Oxford Brookes. All of the courses will have specific progression rules which will be highlighted to you during your induction programme. We will also provide you with advice and guidance on how you can meet the progression rules.

Free language courses

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Related courses

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.