• Why study at a partner college
  • Why study at a partner college?

    There are many reasons why you might choose to study for a foundation degree at a partner college. Here are just a few:

  • 1. Learning on your doorstep

    Anish Thapa

    Staying at home and studying can often be cheaper as well as more convenient, particularly if you plan to study alongside a career, or in between family commitments.

    I was always keen to study at university level but also wanted to stay close to home, so I could combine studying with my day job as customer service assistant at British Petroleum. The degree has helped develop my knowledge and skills in business management and it’s boosted my confidence.

    Anish Thapa studied for a BA in Business, Management and Communications at Swindon College and then completed the BP Connect Management Programme.
  • 2. Variety and flexibility

    Victoria with bike

    Many of our courses have non-traditional class times and teaching styles. You may have evening lectures and be taught in a workshop or out in the field - rather than during the day in a traditional classroom.

    At [Banbury and] Bicester the teaching was condensed into two solid days which for people who were working and studying was much more convenient.

    Victoria Bayliss graduated with an Oxford Brookes Foundation Degree in Motorsports Performance and Automotive Technology.
  • 3. Lower tuition fees

    It can be cheaper to study at a partner college. For students starting an Oxford Brookes foundation degree at a partner college in September 2020, tuition fees will be £7,570 (course fee: full- time study). If you’re a UK student you can access a loan which means you won’t pay up front. Visit our fees pages for more information, including fees for EU students.

  • 4. Support to reach your full potential

    We want you to get the most out of your time as a student. There is always help at hand if you need a bit of  expert guidance - whether from your tutors, fellow students or from college services.

    As an automatic member of the Brookes student union you are also entitled to use its independent advice service too.

    Victoria Bayliss in the workshop

    I studied at Banbury and Bicester College. I felt comfortable and at ease there and it built my confidence. It also taught me an important life lesson – to not be ashamed to ask for help from either staff or fellow students.

    I was in a very collaborative group of students and we all helped each other out with our work. The mix of backgrounds and different ways of looking at things really taught me a lot.

    Victoria Bayliss, graduate of Oxford Brookes Foundation Degree in Motorsports Performance and Automotive Technology. 
  • 5. Great support

    Beth Lewis

    You’ll receive as much or as little help as you would like to guide you through your learning. You enjoy the benefits and support services of being a student of the partner college as well as many of those at Oxford Brookes.

    The lecturers at Abingdon & Witney College are amazingly knowledgeable and 100% supportive; they genuinely really want you to succeed. The small class size really added to the experience.

    Beth Lewis, student of Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management, Abingdon & Witney College.

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