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This website was created and is maintained by the Schools Liaison team at Oxford Brookes University in collaboration with Magpie. The content is aimed at providing impartial and accurate information, advice and guidance about higher education in the UK.

The team are committed to widening participation in higher education by under-represented groups. To find out more about the activities we may be able to offer your school or college, please visit our website.

If you have any suggestions or feedback about the site, please email schools.liaison@brookes.ac.uk.

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What is a Foundation degree?

Foundation degrees combine work-based learning with academic study. They are delivered by colleges and universities working in partnership with employers and professional bodies. Employers are consulted to ensure that courses meet current employment needs.

Foundation degrees are often cheaper than on-campus degrees, but you’ll still be a university student and have access to the facilities a student studying a Bachelors degree would.

On a Foundation degree you will learn essential transferable skills and gain the knowledge to respond to future developments in the workplace.

The courses are equivalent to the first two years of a Bachelors degree and students who successfully complete their programme can, if they wish, top their Foundation Degree up to a Bachelors degree with an extra year of study. Courses often have non-traditional teaching arrangements including learning in the evenings, at workplaces, and via the internet. They are also available on a full or part-time basis to suit your needs.

Many British universities offer Foundation degrees through local Further Education (FE) colleges, giving you a wider range of choices of where you would like to study.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A FOUNDATION DEGREE

There are 3000 Foundation degree courses available nationally, covering a huge range of subjects from business and engineering to health & social care and sports coaching. Traditional academic qualifications are not necessarily required to gain entry to a course. Existing experience, achievements and motivation to learn are taken into account.

Applications for entry to full-time Foundation degree courses are made via UCAS. Part time applicants are made directly to the institution offering the course. For more information about the Foundation degrees offered by Oxford Brookes University, visit: www.brookes.ac.uk/college

What is a Foundation degree?

Foundation degrees combine work-based learning with academic study. They are delivered by colleges and universities working in partnership with employers and professional bodies. Employers are consulted to ensure that courses meet current employment needs.

Foundation degrees are often cheaper than on-campus degrees, but you’ll still be a university student and have access to the facilities a student studying a Bachelors degree would.

On a Foundation degree you will learn essential transferable skills and gain the knowledge to respond to future developments in the workplace.

The courses are equivalent to the first two years of a Bachelors degree and students who successfully complete their programme can, if they wish, top their Foundation Degree up to a Bachelors degree with an extra year of study. Courses often have non-traditional teaching arrangements including learning in the evenings, at workplaces, and via the internet. They are also available on a full or part-time basis to suit your needs.

Many British universities offer Foundation degrees through local Further Education (FE) colleges, giving you a wider range of choices of where you would like to study.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A FOUNDATION DEGREE

There are 3000 Foundation degree courses available nationally, covering a huge range of subjects from business and engineering to health & social care and sports coaching. Traditional academic qualifications are not necessarily required to gain entry to a course. Existing experience, achievements and motivation to learn are taken into account.

Applications for entry to full-time Foundation degree courses are made via UCAS. Part time applicants are made directly to the institution offering the course. For more information about the Foundation degrees offered by Oxford Brookes University, visit: www.brookes.ac.uk/college

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