Foundation in Law
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Develop academic and workplace skills – including skills of communication and research – that will help you thrive in education and beyond. Successfully completing your Foundation Diploma in Law diploma guarantees you a spot on one of our undergraduate law courses.
The programme is ideal if you need to top-up your A-level grades before coming to university, or if you’re returning to study after a break from education.
On the course you will:
- develop key legal skills such as statutory interpretation and case reading
- enhance your problem solving and oral skills
- gain highly-valued competencies in legal research and writing.
You’ll be taught by academic staff whose diverse experience will shape your learning. The support you’re given will help you succeed at Oxford Brookes and beyond.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
We’ve got your back
You’ll be joining a close-knit legal community. Help is always easy to find.
Spend time wisely
You will have the opportunity to take part in extracurricular activities and make the most of your time at Oxford Brookes.
Move onto the LLB Law
When you successfully complete this course you will have a guaranteed place on one of our LLB courses.
Our teaching staff come from a variety of diverse backgrounds. They bring fresh perspectives to the teaching of law.
You’ll fine-tune your problem solving and communication skills. These are useful in many jobs.
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.
In semester 1, we’ll help you take your oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills to a standard where you can thrive in higher education. You’ll get to grips with key legal concepts and develop your studying techniques that will help equip you for your future studies. You will study modules including Introduction to Law and Study Skills.
Semester 2 covers important themes in criminal, constitutional and contract law. You’ll complete a small research project to further develop the skills you’ll need for your undergraduate degree, with one-to-one support from a supervisor.
Throughout the year, you’ll receive guidance from an academic adviser. They will help you plan your next steps after finishing the course, whether this is further study or finding employment.
Learning and teaching
You’ll learn in a highly supportive environment that encourages a broad range of learning styles.
Our course modules originate from the School of Law. This means that we draw on a range of content, approaches and expertise from within the Faculty.
You will learn through a variety of teaching and learning methods including:
- lectures, seminars and workshops
- supervised independent learning
- court visits
- skills acquisition sessions
- work with a wide range of practical resources.
During your studies, you’ll gain a range of personal and professional skills which will be a springboard for your future career development in a number of industries.
Assessment methods are diverse. While some modules require formal exams, we will mostly assess you by coursework, including:
- reflective logbooks
- critical commentaries.
After successfully completing the course you are free to progress on to one of our LLB programmes: Law, Law with Business, or Law with Criminology. Your academic adviser will help you decide which course is your best option.
You’ll have learned techniques in academic study and interpersonal communication, boosting your self-confidence.
Your new skills in presentation, independent learning, teamworking, and research will be useful in a variety of workplaces.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
For students without English as a first language, an IELTS score of 6 is required.
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
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
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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.
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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.