• Building your career
  • Building your career

    Reasons to study and learn

    • you will become better qualified - specialist skills and knowledge can greatly improve your performance and prospects
    • you can study with minimum disruption to your employer - the study is at a given time each week, which can be in the evenings
    • you can study locally - and continue to earn while you learn
    • your studies will give you high quality, university-endorsed professional learning
    • your learning will be tailored to the work place - enabling you to apply your learning from the outset.

    If you're looking to enhance your job prospects then a foundation degree could be the qualification for you. The courses are specifically designed with employment and career development in mind and offer academic study combined with workplace learning.

    Foundation degrees exist to “equip people with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to achieve academic results as well as improve performance and productivity in the workplace.” UCAS

    Over 2,500 Foundation degree courses available nationally. More than 30 are on offer with Oxford Brookes.

    Our courses are specifically of interest to employers since they are designed in partnership with industry experts to equip learners with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding their employees require.


    Bringing added value

    The University and our partner colleges have strong relationships with a wide range of companies, both local and national. Many of our tutors have worked - or continue to work - in their relevant sector.

    By improving both your academic and technical work-based skills you can bring added value to your job and contribute towards your employer’s future success.

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    Opening doors

    A foundation degree can open doors and give you many different options. You might choose to further your existing career or change occupations. You can also continue studying to achieve a full honours degree, or go on to further professional qualifications.

    Just some of the organisations we work with:

    • BMW
    • Blue Cross
    • Cotswold Wildlife Park
    • The F1 industry
    • Great Western Hospitals NHS Trust
    • Ministry of Defence
    • Oxfordshire County Council
    • Thames Valley Police
    • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Max Fenton

    My employers, BMW, told me about the opportunity to further my knowledge of Engineering at Abingdon & Witney College and I thought it was a great idea.

    I’ve really enjoyed learning more complex aspects of Engineering, expanding my knowledge and understanding and using my own work as projects for the course. I aim to achieve my degree and climb higher within BMW.

    Max Fenton, Foundation Degree, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Abingdon & Witney College