B1.3 Admissions

  • i.  The entry requirements for individual programmes should be set out in the approved Programme Specification and in the prospectus course entry.  Target groups for recruitment will vary according to the nature of the programme, but entrants to Foundation Degree programmes should – as well as holding the appropriate entry qualifications (see below) – should normally have a current role in an appropriate workplace setting, and provide a line manager’s letter of support and recommendation.  The level of experience and employment status required to gain entry to the programme will be set out in the approved Programme Specification and prospectus course entry.

    ii.  Academic entry qualifications normally include:

    • three passes at GCSE (grades A–C), or O-level (grades A–C), normally including Mathematics and English Language;
    • a minimum of one pass at A-level or 6-unit Vocational A-level;
    • a National Certificate or Diploma or other equivalent qualification, such as GNVQ/NVQ or other Level 3 vocational qualifications.

    Qualification equivalents

    iii.  Exceptionally – and depending upon the requirements of the programme - applicants who can demonstrate that they have the knowledge and abilities equivalent to those possessed by holders of the level 3 qualifications listed in (ii) above may be admitted with dispensation from the requirement to possess those qualifications.  Where this may be possible, the procedure to be undertaken to assess the equivalence of a candidate’s skills for entry to the programme must be described in the Programme Specification and in the prospectus course entry.  

    iv.  Other level 2 qualifications which are considered acceptable in place of GCSE/O level English Language and/or Mathematics should also be stated in the Programme Specification. However, potential students should be advised of any limits to their future progression to higher level study as a consequence of not holding the formal qualifications. 

    Professional requirements

    v.  If an accrediting professional body, or the profession/industry in which graduates of the programme will be employed, have specific additional entry requirements, these should be clearly stated in the programme specification and information provided to potential applicants on how they will be expected to demonstrate that they meet the requirements. 


    vi.  Applicants may be interviewed prior to being accepted onto a programme – if diagnostic tests are to be carried out at this stage in order to assess applicants’ support needs with respect to academic writing and numeracy skills, this should be stated in the Programme Specification and in any information provided to applicants. 

    English Language Requirements

    vii.  Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable, by achieving a score in a recognised test such as British Council IELTS: normally minimum level 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in the reading and writing components;

    Admission with Credit

    viii.  AP(E)L is an important element of admission to Foundation Degree programmes.  Applicants with relevant prior certificated or experiential learning may be admitted with credit, for up to a maximum of 150 credits, such that at least 90 level 5 credits must be earned on the Oxford Brookes programme in order to qualify for the final award.  Applications for the award of credit must be made in writing following discussion with the Programme Manager and the Liaison Manager.  Documentary evidence will be required in support of the application (see the Core University Regulations A2.5).