The course is designed to achieve two objectives:
- to develop your understanding and problem-solving skills in areas which are fundamental to the environment, design and development of cities
- to introduce you to a variety of subjects that, with the correct choice of modules, will contribute to your progress to one of the degree courses offered relating to the built environment.
Before the course starts you will be asked to choose which degree subject you are interested in pursuing so that we can ensure your programme of study is appropriate. However, the decision you make at this early stage does not commit you and, if your interests change during the foundation course, you may still be accepted on to other courses offered within the subject area.
You will need to achieve specific results on the foundation course to progress to some degree subjects so your preferred choice of degree cannot be guaranteed. However, other degree options will be available to you.
We are keen to encourage as wide a range of applicants as possible, including mature students, those unsure of their future career and applicants from abroad whose first language is not English.
The foundation course is an integral part of our undergraduate programme and therefore qualifies for a mandatory award. Normally you will complete it in one year studying full-time, or in two years studying part-time.
If you don't meet our formal entry requirements for our BA or BSc degrees, or if you didn't do as well at A-level as you had expected, there is no need to give up hope. This foundation programme could be just what you are looking for, as successful completion will guarantee you a place on one of our degree courses in the faculty.
Equally, if you want to return to study after working for a while, but lack confidence, this programme is designed to bring you up to speed. If you are an overseas student, or if your first language is not English, you will also find this course ideally suited to your needs as it will introduce you to our way of learning. In addition, you will find an excellent range of English language courses on offer at Oxford Brookes.
As well as offering you the chance of sampling the degree subjects relating to the built environment, the foundation course will give you a good introduction to university life. You will discover new areas of study you might not have considered before, such as Planning and Urban Design, Environmental Sustainability or Construction Management. Whatever your background, the foundation course will widen your horizons and open up a host of exciting career and life opportunities.
Like all courses at Oxford Brookes, the Foundation is based around self-contained units known as modules. You can choose from a range of modules which aim to give you an idea of what the undergraduate subjects are about. There are several compulsory modules, including a student-centred module that focuses on understanding the built environment through a programme of visits, project work, seminar presentations and talks.
As well as modules in Environmental Science and Essential Built Environment Skills, you may follow others in Planning, Leisure, and Architectural History and Theory. The range of optional modules includes Foundation French, Foundations of Business and Word Processing and Spreadsheet IT Skills. For international students there are modules on academic writing, listening and speaking.
For those wanting to progress to Architecture or Interior Architecture it should be noted that the course is not designed to enhance your artistic skills and there is no teaching on the course that will help you prepare the portfolio necessary for application to these courses.
Sample module list
As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules available may vary from those listed here.
- Integrative and Contextual Studies*
- Essential Skills in the Built Environment*
- Environmental Science*
- Introduction to Architectural History and Theory
- Introduction to Spatial Planning
- The Leisure Environment
- Environmental Sustainability
- Word Processing and Spreadsheet IT Skills
* indicates compulsory module
Study abroad To find out whether you can study or work abroad while on this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
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.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
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