Oxford Brookes University
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- 4.11 / 5.00
- 2.66 / 4.00
- 0.39 / 1.00
- 70.8 / 100.0
- 73.0 / 100.0
- 89.7 / 100.0
Oxford Brookes enjoys an international reputation for academic excellence, exciting student life and strong links with business and industry at a local, national and international level. The university has innovative courses with an emphasis on practice as well as theory and teaching staff with strong backgrounds in industry. Staff have received 10 National Teaching Fellowship awards for outstanding teaching.
- Entry requirements vary from course to course.
- The university accepts a wide range of qualifications, ranging from A levels to HNDs, and, in some cases, prior work experience. If students are 21 or over, there are a range of routes they can take into higher education.
- Please refer to the university website for details.
- Oxford Brookes' academics are passionate about their subjects and love sharing their enthusiasm; they encourage students to think in new ways and to explore their subject creatively. Industry experts also contribute to guest lectures and have input into the design of many courses.
- All courses have a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practical sessions for relevant subjects. As well as studying in lecture theatres, classrooms and laboratories, students are likely to work on group projects, give presentations and carry out their own research.
- Students are assigned their own personal academic adviser who will support them throughout their studies.
Type of Qualification:
- Most courses run for 3 years, or 4 with a sandwich year. In some departments courses share a common first year, and from 2nd year students will be able to shape their degree by choosing modules that allow them to create their own programme of learning.
- Most courses include the opportunity of an exchange to a partner university abroad, or to work overseas. The university offers work experience with leading employers as an option on most courses, and as a compulsory part of the course on some.
- Pathway courses for international students lead to a variety of subjects with options for different English language abilities.
- Part-time study is possible on many courses and offers students the flexibility to adapt their pace of study to their personal circumstances. Some courses also have the option of a January or April start.
Student Services and Facilities
- The university’s buildings include the award-winning John Henry Brookes Building at Headington campus, with high-quality teaching and learning facilities including a brand new library.
- Libraries are well-stocked with late opening at all libraries; the library at Headington is open 24/7 during semesters. There are thousands of books, e-books, e-journals, research databases and specialist collections including the Booker Prize Archive.
- IT facilities comprise over 1,000 open-access PCs including more than 350 computers in the Headington library, plus free, self-service laptop loan in or near all Oxford Brookes’ libraries. There is also free eduroam Wi-Fi in halls of residence and across campus, and a virtual learning environment enabling students to study whenever and wherever suits them best.
- Specialist facilities include purpose built, industry-level engineering workshops, and high-spec computing and digital media facilities. For healthcare students, there are specialist clinical simulation suites.
- A centralised student support service has a careers centre, IT and technical support, the Brookes Union and wellbeing services. There is also the Upgrade Study Advice Service which offers advice and resources on planning and writing essays and assignments, or using statistics and maths.
- The university offers a wide range of confidential services to all students, delivered by a team of friendly, professional support staff. Everybody has different circumstances so support is tailored to meet their needs.
- The Disability and Dyslexia/SpLD service provides dedicated support for students with disabilities including students with mental health needs.
- This includes liasing with academic staff about reasonable adjustments for physical and academic access, specialist library services and special exam arrangements; securing suitable accommodation; providing 1-to-1 study skills support and a mentoring service; and guidance on applying for a Disabled Student’s Allowance and gaining access to assistive technology.
- Brookes Union exists to improve the lives of all students enrolled at Oxford Brookes. The Union provides activity space, financial advice, advice to over 100 student societies and coordinates the Safety Bus with student volunteers to safely transport students around the city at night.
- The union has an independent advice service, providing free, impartial guidance on concerns from academic issues and finance, to finding good accommodation and student's rights as a tenant.
- The union has a buzzing bar on the Headington Campus and works with partners to put on club nights and events in venues around Oxford as well as arranging a series of events through the week.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- With thriving leisure and tourist industries, the city of Oxford has a range of part-time work available.
- Oxford Brookes itself has opportunities for part-time work on campus in various roles including student ambassador, barista and library assistant.
- The careers service has links with local employers offering jobs that can fit around studies. Part-time vacancies are listed on the careers website.
- Oxford Brookes has a dedicated careers centre offering a range of services including help with job searching, 1-to-1 consultations, interview advice and employability training.
- The online portal allows students to search for jobs from part-time work during studies to graduate opportunities and internships.
- Additionally, the service offers online guidance and support for those unable to visit the centre in person.
- Students benefit from the region's highly respected work placement opportunities.
- 91.9% of Oxford Brookes graduates go on to get a job or undertake further study within 6 months of leaving (HESA Destination of Leavers, 2016).
17,840 students in 2015–16:
Level of study
- Undergraduate 78%
- Postgraduate 22%
Mode of study
- Full Time 78%
- Part Time 22%
Where students come from
- UK 82%
- EU 6%
- Other 13%
- Male 40%
- Female 60%
- Oxford Brookes University began life as the Oxford School of Art in 1865, before joining with the School of Science 5 years later. In 1891, the school was taken over by Oxford City Council’s Technical Instruction Committee and renamed Oxford City Technical School.
- John Henry Brookes became Vice-Principal of the Oxford City Technical School and Head of the School of Art in 1928 and over the next 30 years he exerted a powerful influence on the development of the institution. He was committed, throughout his life, to the goal of making education available to all.
- In 1970 The Oxford College of Technology became Oxford Polytechnic, which in turn became a university in 1992 under government legislation, honouring its founding Principal, John Henry Brookes, in its new title as Oxford Brookes University.
- Sarah Willingham – BBC Dragon’s Den entrepreneur and restaurateur.
- Steve Ridgway CBE – former CEO of Virgin Atlantic Airways.
- Justin Forsyth – Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF.
- Sian Williams – journalist and news presenter.
- Steve Williams OBE – rower, Olympic double gold medal winner.
- Ben Hunt-Davis MBE – rower, Olympic gold medallist.
- George Passmore – artist, one half of Gilbert & George.
- Jay Osgerby – designer of the 2012 Olympic torch.
- Adrian Reynard – founder of the renowned Reynard Motorsport.
- Jonathan Djanogly – MP.
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