The International Foundation Diploma fully prepares students from a range of backgrounds
for undergraduate courses at Oxford Brookes University. It provides a bridge
between school study in your home country and undergraduate study at a UK university.
Choose this course if you have fewer than 13 years of schooling and want to enter
an undergraduate course. This diploma leads to courses in subjects such as business
and management, computing, English language and communication, film studies,
hospitality and tourism, international relations, law, life sciences, politics,
social sciences and education.
If you have a higher English language test result, or if you are a native English
speaker, you will be placed on the International Foundation Diploma Plus. IFD
Plus students will be able to choose modern languages modules in addition to
modules available to all IFD students. The IFD Plus was formerly known as the
Foundation Diploma in Liberal Arts.
See our full range of international foundation courses
suitable for students with a range of IELTS levels. These include our integrated
four-year degrees that combine your foundation and undergraduate degree.
Teaching learning and assessment
The International Foundation Diploma trains you to become an independent learner
and fully prepares you for university study. You will experience all the teaching
and learning methods used in British universities, such as lectures, seminars
and tutorials. You will develop your listening and note-taking skills and learn
how to take part in seminars. You will also develop your own ideas through group
discussions and class presentations.
You will be taught by highly qualified academic staff. They are specialists in
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) who have many years of teaching experience
in the UK and overseas.
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, learning journals, project work and examinations.
There will be a maximum of 18 students in a class in your compulsory modules. Your
subject specialisation modules may be larger.
You will have 18 class hours in semester 1 and 15 class hours in semester 2 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