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Get ready to study an undergraduate business degree. This foundation year gives you the essential skills you’ll need for learning at university. It’s ideal if you want to top up your academic skills, or if you’re returning to education after a break.
You can personalise your learning experience by studying modules like Business Fundamentals, Tourism and Global Issues. You’ll also choose an undergraduate module, learning alongside students who are already in their first year of their undergraduate degree.
Completing the programme guarantees you a place on one of our degrees, such as Business and Management or International Tourism and Hospitality Management. During your Foundation, you’ll have opportunities to build your skills and knowledge through a variety of assessment types, including essays and reports, and presentations. Also you’ll get to create films, websites and posters, and write blogs.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
You can choose an undergraduate module as part of your course, to get a sense of what it’s like to study with us at this level.
A global community
Study alongside a diverse mix of international students, learning from each other's experiences and broadening your horizons.
Explore your interests
We try to schedule classes so you have time to make the most of Oxford and join university societies.
Personalise your study
Everyone is different, so optional modules let you customise your learning and build your experience, so you can study aspects of business you want to pursue.
Seamlessly progress to a degree
You’re guaranteed a spot on one of our undergraduate business programmes when you pass this course.
Over your 2 semesters, you’ll study several compulsory modules. These will give you the confidence for studying at an undergraduate level, while building your academic and research skills. These modules are taught in small groups and include;
- Business Fundamentals
- Economics for Business
- Culture and Communication
- Extended Research Essay
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- University Study Skills.
You’ll also pick optional modules that reflect your learning ambitions, and an undergraduate module so you can experience what it’s like to study at this stage. This is a great opportunity to speak to students at this level and hear about their experiences.
Optional foundation modules include Business Fundamentals, Tourism and Hospitality, and Global Issues. Optional undergraduate modules include Developing and Planning Events and Global Business Communications.
After a year of studying the foundation programme, you’ll have a better insight into what to expect from life as an undergraduate student.
Learning and teaching
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).
In your foundation year you will be taught by highly qualified academic staff.
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.
When you pass this course, you’ll be guaranteed a place on one of our undergraduate business programmes. Students regularly go on to study our Business and Management, International Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Events Management degrees.
As well as new knowledge, you’ll have also gained skills in team working, time management, personal reflection, and presentation. All of these are highly valuable to employers across various industries.
Your tutors will encourage you to take part in the voluntary and community activities offered by our careers team. We want you to make the most of your time with us, and see all that Oxford has to offer.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
- IELTS 5.5 overall with 5.5 in all skills
- Pearson Test of English 51 with 51 in all communicative skills
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
How to apply
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
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.
It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.
|£20-60 per book
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.