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Oxford Brookes University
Oxford Brookes is widely acknowledged to be one of the UK's leading modern universities, surpassing many older institutions in newspaper league tables. It has developed a reputation for the quality of teaching, which has been externally assessed by the Quality Assurance Agency as excellent in more subjects than any other modern university. Their teaching is also underpinned by excellent research, and they are currently building even stronger links between course content and research.
Ten minutes’ stroll down the hill from the Headington Campus is Cowley Road, a busy and colourful area lined with cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs. From the carnival to the cuisine, it’s a multicultural melting pot loved by students. The city of Oxford all that you could want in terms of cafes and resturants, pubs and bars, shops from major high street store to the historic covered market established in the 1770s, museums, galleries, cinemas and theatres, while there are over 50 parks, meadows and nature reserves as well as the Oxford Canal and the rivers Thames and Cherwell to enjoy.
QS World Ranking (2021)
Times Higher Education (2020)
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Brookes can trace its foundations to the Oxford School of Art in 1865. In 1870 the School of Science was incorporated into the School of Art, and by 1891 it was renamed the Oxford City Technical School, and later Oxford College of Technology. The College relocated to Headington in 1963 and in 1970 became Oxford Polytechnic. It gained university status in 1992 and was named after John Henry Brookes, head of the institution in the 1930s.
The university is currently embarking on a £150 million redevelopment project, Space to Think. This will transform the campuses and provide new spaces for teaching and learning, as well as social areas. Many of the university’s buildings are being replaced with ones that are purpose-built and energy efficient. Developments include a new exhibition space to showcase students’ work, and a new library and teaching building at the Headington Campus on Gipsy Lane, bringing together a library, lecture theatres and a Students’ Union.
The university is spread across four campuses:
- (including Gipsy Lane, Headington Hill and Marston Road sites) is just over a mile from the city centre and its facilities include a sports centre, the Students’ Union, careers and accommodation services, a dental practice and medical centre, a large food court, snack shop, book shop, bank and halls of residence. Courses taught on campus include arts and humanities, built environment, health and social care, law, life sciences, and social sciences.
- is situated seven miles from the city with facilities including a specially designed social learning space for business students, sports facilities, a large refectory and cafe, and a hall of residence. Courses taught on campus include business, engineering and technology.
Harcourt Hill Campus
- is situated two miles from the city centre and its facilities include theatre, music and dance studios, sports facilities, a dining hall and a hall of residence. Courses taught on campus include teaching and education, philosophy and religion, and communication.
Ferndale Campus Swindon
- there are a number of health care courses offered in Swindon, approximately 10 miles from Oxford, with a community of approximately 250 students.
Faculties, Schools, Institutes & Departments
Faculty of Business
- Business School
- Oxford International Centre for Publishing
- Oxford School of Hospitality Management
Faculty of Health & Life Sciences
- Department of Biological & Medical Sciences
- Department of Clinical Health Care
- Department of Psychology
- Department of Social Work & Public Health
- Department of Sport & Health Sciences
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
- School of Education
- Department of English & Modern Languages
- Department of History, Philosophy & Religion
- School of Law
- Institute of Public Care
- Department of Social Sciences
Faculty of Technology, Design & Environment
- School of Architecture
- School of Arts
- Department of Computing & Communication Technologies
- Department of Mechanical Engineering & Mathematical Sciences
- Department of Planning
- Department of Real Estate & Construction
In the 2014 REF 59% was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent compared with 36% in the 2008 RAE. Their particular strengths include Architecture, Built Environemtn and Planning; Business and Management Studies; English Language and Literature; History; General Engineering; and Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts.
UK/EU Students (2020/2021)
If your household income is below £25,000 Oxford Brookes offers a bursary to help towards your living costs. The scheme, of up to £2,000 in the first year and £3,000 in the second and third years, is available to qualifying students for each year of their studies and does not need to be paid back.
There are libraries at each of the three main campuses with resources including half a million books, DVDs and CDs; on-line databases, e-journals and e-books; journals, past exam papers, music scores and newspapers; and special collections including the National Brewing Library.
Brookes’ virtual learning environment, Brookes Virtual, provides essential learning technologies, such as learning spaces, on-line assessments, and discussion boards. There are approximately 875 PCs in open-access areas including libraries, computer rooms, foyers and halls.
Brookes also boasts facilities for specific courses including specialist teaching facilities including simulation suites and anatomy models for health and social care students, laboratories equipped with high quality equipment from EEG brain imaging to electron microscopes for science students, and a Formula 1-specification test rig and state-of-the-art television, video and recording studios for engineering and technology students.
Brookes’ sports centre at the Headington Campus includes a climbing hall, a sports hall for badminton, basketball, five-a-side football and volleyball, an aerobics studio, indoor rowing centre, cardio machines and equipment designed for wheelchair users.
The Wheatley Campus has outdoor pitches for football, netball, lacrosse, and cricket, plus eight tennis courts and two five-a-side astroturf football pitches.
The Harcourt Hill Campus has a swimming pool, golf course, tennis and squash courts, and pitches for rugby, football and American football. It also boasts a sports hall, fitness studio and gym.
There is a range of places to eat across the campuses which offer breakfast, coffee, snacks and hot meals. There is also an on-campus store which sells stationery, confectionery, toiletries, soft drinks, sandwiches, newspapers and magazines, and a Blackwell's Bookshop on the Headington Campus. There are two bank branches on the Headington Campus and cash machines are also available.
From 2013 there will be a new Students' Union at Gipsy Lane while Headington Hill is home to the Students' Union. There are a number of bars across the campuses.
Brookes TV offers students the opportunity to work in the media industry.
Religion & Spirituality
Brookes boasts an ecumenical chaplaincy room at the Headington Campus, Muslim prayer rooms on all three campuses, a chapel on the Harcourt Hill Campus and a Catholic chaplaincy in Headington. In the chaplaincy room there is a daily programme of worship and study, as well as information, advice and support.
Health & Wellbeing
Brookes runs a University Medical Centre on the Headington Campus with the common range of services, as well as health advice for students travelling overseas and on field trips, and initiative in dealing with issues such as eating disorders and cancer awareness.
There is also NHS dental services, Studental, on the Headington Campus.
Brookes has a team of professionally trained counsellors who offer a free, confidential service to talk about academic and personal concerns. Their support includes one-to-one counselling, email counselling, and groups and workshops on particular issues.
The University also has the first osteopathic teaching clinics in the country to be accredited and based within a university. The clinics provide a full range of osteopathic treatments plus comprehensive treatment options for sports injuries and follow-up care.
The University’s Student Disability and Dyslexia Services can arrange personalised disability support. Some of the services that they offer include special arrangements for exams, specialist study skills tuition, mobility support, and assistive software.
The Careers and Employment Centre offers a number of initiatives including one-to-one career guidance sessions, careers fairs and employer events, an on-line vacancy service with hundreds of jobs from major graduate recruitment programmes to part-time roles, specialist advice for international students, e-guidance, workshops on work placements, guidance on CV writing, insight from employers, and psychometric testing.
The Careers and Employment Centre advertises volunteering opportunities in sectors such as the children, the environment, healthcare, the arts, and international opportunities.
The Brookes Furture Leaders programme, endorsed by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) aims to help students consolidate their achievements and further develop their skills to enhance their employability. As a two day event, students take part in team exercises, personality profiling, and explore some theories and concepts of team building and leadership. Students then have to complete written work which is assessed along with their ability in the team tasks, and in successfully completing the programme gain a certificate endorsed by the ILM.
Self-catered (per week) (2020/2021)
Oxford Brookes has two student villages and five halls of residence. In recent years Brookes has invested heavily in its student residences. This means that more than half of their hall accommodation is less than 10 years old, providing single study-bedrooms, many ensuite, and all with internet access.
All halls of residence have an on-site residence manager and hall supervisors to help and advise during the day, along with support available on-site throughout the night
All of the halls have shared laundry facilities with coin-operated machines. Self-catered halls have shared kitchens where you can cook and eat your own meals. Catered halls, where meals are provided in shared dining areas, also have small kitchenettes for making snacks.
Accommodation fees include utility costs and rooms insurance as well as rent, and a BROOKESbus pass to get your around campus.
English Language Requirements
|IELTS||6.5 overall with 6.0 in reading and writing, 5.5 in listening and speaking for Law, Psychology, Architecture, English Language and Communication, English, Accounting and Finance|
|6.5 or 7.0 overall with 6.0 in reading and writing, 5.5 in listening and speaking for courses in Health and Social Care|
|6.0 overall with 6.0 in reading and writing; 5.5 in listening and speaking for all other undergraduate courses|
|PTE||58 overall with 51 in reading and writing, 51 in listening and speaking for Law, Psychology, Architecture, English Language and Communication, English, Accounting and Finance|
|58 or 65 overall with 51 in all skills for courses in Health and Social Care|
|51 overall with 51 in reading and writing; 51 in listening and speaking for all other undergraduate courses|
|TOEFL iBT||87 overall with 22 in reading, 22 in writing, 20 in listening and 23 in speaking for Law, Psychology, Architecture, English Language and Communication, English, Accounting and Finance|
|87-95 overall with 22 in reading, 22 in writing, 20 in listening and 23 in speaking for courses in Health and Social Care|
|78 overall with 20 in reading, 19 in writing, 18 in listening and 21 in speaking for all other undergraduate courses|
The University offers Oxford Brookes International Awards of £4,000 to international students for their first year of study.
The University also offers a family discount, where if two or more members of immediate family are studying and paying fees at Oxford Brookes at the same time, 10% will be deducted from the tuition fees of each family member.
There are students from nearly 150 countries at Oxford Brookes.
The International Student Advisory Service offers advice on a range of issues including immigration, visas, employment and financial matters, while their International Pre-Arrival Guide has information on everything from accommodation to visas and immigration, as well as tips about British culture and what to pack.