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Foundation in Business

Foundation course

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2022 / September 2023



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)

UCAS Tariff Points


This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.


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 haven't met the entry requirements for direct entry on to the first year of a degree
  • You have less than 13 years of schooling
  • You need to improve your academic skills to join an undergraduate course

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 your total four years of study (five if you take a work placement) you will graduate with a BA or BSc (Hons) combined degree in the same way as your classmates on your specific degree.

This foundation course can be tied with a range of our excellent degrees in subject areas such as business and management, accounting and finance, marketing, or hospitality (see 'Progression and degree options' below).

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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: 80

A Level: BB

IB Points: 24


Further offer details

Equivalent qualifications accepted.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Applicants without the appropriate Maths GCSE grade (or equivalent), who wish to progress to a course that requires Maths GCSE (or equivalent), will need to take the compulsory Maths and Statistics module within the foundation year.

Please also see the University's general 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

Please also see the University's standard 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

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

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. 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 students at the maximum permitted level.

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.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment

Over the course of two semesters you choose a pathway of modules that build on your current academic skills and reflect your own subject and career interests.

You will develop your knowledge of academic subjects through modules related to your future course of study. One of these modules will be at undergraduate level to give you the experience of studying at a higher level.

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

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Start this course in January

You can only start this course in September. Your course is 24 weeks so you will study your first semester between September and December and your second semester between January and April. 

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Extended Research Essay

Understand the processes of planning, researching and writing a substantial assignment to the standards required for higher education; you will finally submit a 2000-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.

University Study Skills 2

Economics for Business

Introduction to basic economics, with reference to theory and contemporary issues.

Business Fundamentals

Examines the nature, forms and functions of business organisations and their relationship with the external environments in which they operate.

Optional modules

Maths and Statistics for University Study

Applicants without the appropriate Maths GCSE grade (or equivalent), who wish to progress to a course that requires Maths GCSE (or equivalent), will need to take the compulsory Maths and Statistics module within the foundation year.

Foundation level

  • Business Fundamentals
  • Economics for Business
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Global Issues
  • Development Studies
  • Modern Thought
  • English Law

Undergraduate level

  • Foundations of Business
  • Global Business Communications
  • Developing and Planning Events
  • Raising Individual Financial Awareness.

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 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

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.

Information from Discover Uni

Full-time study

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.