Oxford Brookes University

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.15 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.66 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.39 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    68.6 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    74.9 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    90.1 / 100.0


  • 1865 founded as Oxford School of Art.
  • 1891 became Oxford City Technical School.
  • 1928 John Henry Brookes is appointed vice-principal.
  • 1956 became Oxford College of Technology and John Henry Brookes retires.
  • 1970 became Oxford Polytechnic.
  • 1992 became Oxford Brookes University.
  • 2015 celebrates 150th anniversary.

Location and Transport

  • Three campuses: Headington (1 mile east of city centre), Wheatley (7 miles east) and Harcourt Hill (2 miles west).
  • BROOKESbus service links campuses, halls of residence and the city centre. Brookes students are entitled to a free travel card offering discounts on most local buses as well as coaches between Oxford and London.
  • Students can also travel for free on BROOKESbuses with an inclusive travel pass (dependent on eligibility).
  • Buses to London from outside Headington campus every 10 minutes at peak times; throughout the night at weekends.
  • Adult nursing, Operating Department Practice (ODP) and a range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses are taught in Swindon.

Entry Requirements

  • Offers vary from course to course.
  • See individual course information online, where you will also get general information about entry standards at Oxford Brookes for school leavers and mature applicants.
  • Full details about all course entry requirements are available on our Studying at Brookes webpages.

Student Mix

The 17,460 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 77%
  • Postgraduate 23%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 76%
  • Part Time 24%


  • UK 81%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 13%

Student gender

  • Male 43%
  • Female 57%

Course Flexibility

  • Most courses run for 3 years, or 4 with a sandwich year.
  • Work experience with leading employers is an option on most courses (and compulsory on some).
  • Study abroad options with most courses.
  • 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.
  • Some courses have the option of a January start.
  • In some departments courses share a common first year.

Teaching Standards

  • Nine National Teaching Fellowship awards for outstanding teaching in the last 7 years.
  • Industry experts contribute to guest lectures and input into the design of many courses.
  • Many academics are internationally recognised in their field and have industry experience in a number of sectors.
  • Annual Brookes Union Teaching Awards celebrating excellence in teaching across the university.

Research Standards

  • Oxford Brookes has a well-established and growing reputation for research that makes an impact across the world.
  • REF 2014 found 94% of research is internationally recognised compared to 78% in 2008. 59% was judged to be of 'world leading' quality or 'internationally excellent', compared with 36% in 2008. This led to a research funding increase of 41%.
  • Areas of expertise were Build Environment and History, with emerging research power in Biology, Engineering, Music, English and Business.
  • Vice-Chancellor Professor Alistair Fitt is ranked as one of the UK's top 100 scientists by the Science Council.

Academic Strengths

  • High employability – 92.7% of Brookes graduates are in work or further education within six months of graduating.
  • Not just a degree – work placements, professional knowledge, opportunities to study and work abroad, volunteering and integrated career guidance.
  • Strong links with industry both locally and internationally, including BMW, IBM, Universal Pictures, Microsoft, KPMG and Oxfam.
  • Many academics are also leading researchers and include their new research in their teaching.
  • A hands-on learning approach giving students the opportunity to apply their knowledge to the real world.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • The John Henry Brookes Building was rated one of the top buildings in the UK in 2014, winning multiple awards including: Education Estates Award for student experience; a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) National Award; three RIBA regional awards; and Oxford Preservation Trust Award.
  • A spacious and modern library.
  • Impressive social and learning spaces, plus a centralised student support service with a careers centre, IT and technical support, Brookes Union and wellbeing services.
  • Online personal learning environment (Moodle) – includes wikis, podcasts and digital video.
  • There is free wi-fi on all campuses. All halls of residence have wi-fi and wired internet access (some third-party managed halls may require an additional charge).
  • £20m investment in IT infrastructure over next five years.

Disability Services

  • Brookes provides a dedicated support service for students with disabilities including support with physical and academic access, securing suitable accommodation, a mentoring service for mental health needs and guidance on applying for a Disabled Student’s Allowance.

Students' Union

  • Brookes Union exists to improve the lives of all students enrolled at Oxford Brookes.
  • The union provides activity space, financial support and advice to over 80 student societies.
  • It has an independent Advice Service, advising students for free in an impartial way.
  • Brookes Union recruits and supports Student Representatives, who work to maintain an excellent academic environment.
  • The Safety Bus is coordinated by the union, run by student volunteers and exists to safely transport students around the city at night.
  • Brookes Union also arranges a series of events through the week, from regular Sunday Night Cinema and Monday Night Music, to occasional pop-ups, such as puppy rooms, laser tag, bubble football and more.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • With thriving leisure and tourist industries, Oxford has a lot of part-time work available.
  • There are some part-time jobs for students on campus.
  • Brookes' career service has links with local employers offering jobs that can fit around your studies.
  • Part-time vacancies are listed on Brookes' careers website.

Careers Guidance

  • Oxford Brookes has a dedicated careers centre offering a range of services including help with job searching, one-to-one consultations, interview advice and employability training.
  • Online portal allows students to search for jobs from part-time work during studies to graduate opportunities and internships.
  • Offers online guidance and support for those unable to visit the centre face-to-face.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • In 2015 Oxford Brookes announced a 10 year estates investment plan with £13m per year to be spent on significantly enhancing quality of teaching and learning facilities for students across all campuses. This is further to the new Abercrombie Building, which opened in 2013, and the £132m John Henry Brookes Building, which opened in 2014, both on Headington Campus.
  • New state-of-the-art labs and teaching spaces at Headington as part of a major investment in biosciences.
  • The Business School will move from Wheatley Campus to Headington Campus during 2016–17 with £20m invested in new buildings and learning facilities.
  • £5.4m investment in a new Swindon campus opening summer 2016 with facilities including a library, high quality teaching spaces and a skills lab.

Notable Alumni

  • 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 – designer of first Reynard car
  • Jonathan Djanogly – MP
  • Vijay Krishnarayan – Director of the Commonwealth Foundation
  • Melody Hossaini – founder and CEO InspirEngage International
  • Kate Howe – Managing Director at gyro:London
  • Tom Shannon – scientist and director of Oxford Metrics Group
  • Zhenis Utegenov – CEO at ArcelorMittal Tubular Products, Aktau

Further Details

Address Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
UCAS Code O66