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Built Environment Foundation

Foundation course

Key facts


UCAS code

K201

Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 1 year

Part time: 2 years

Department

School of the Built Environment

UCAS Tariff Points

48

Overview


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


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 48

A Level: DD

IB Points: 24

BTEC: PPP or MP

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

Applications are welcomed 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: 3 passes including Mathematics and English at grade C / 4

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

OR

An equivalent English language qualification acceptable to the University.

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

International qualifications and equivalences

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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 with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate 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

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Questions about fees?

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

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

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.

Financial support and scholarships

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

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

Environmental Science

Essential Skills in the Built Environment

Integrative and Contextual Studies

Optional modules

Environmental Sustainability

Introduction to Architectural History and Theory

Introduction to Spatial Planning

The Leisure Environment

Word Processing and Spreadsheet IT Skills

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

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

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 & 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.

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.