Why Choose Us?

Why choose to study at the School of Education?

About Oxford Brookes

Oxford Brookes University operates throughout the world in partnership with representatives, schools, colleges and other universities. We also organise a number of events in international countries, including pre-departure briefings, seminars and forums to help you learn what it is like to live in the UK.

This year Oxford Brookes University was named again as the UK's leading modern university. A degree from Oxford Brookes University will give you a quality qualification, and as with all UK education, you can be certain it will be recognised as world class. Oxford Brookes was also the world’s first fair-trade university.

Each year, we welcome students from all over the world and around 20% of our students come from outside the UK.

About the School of Education

The Westminster Institute of Education offers an ideal environment for international students through its location, its collegial atmosphere, its supportive staff and the advantage of a beautiful campus, excellent study, sporting and residential facilities.

It has good transport links to the centre of Oxford and to the rest of the University whilst retaining the benefits of its own campus in safe and secure surroundings.

Leaving your own country to study in the UK is a big step. That's why we place such importance on supporting international students. We will do all we can to support and help you to achieve your goals.


Our strong teaching is rooted in first-rate research and you will be taught by people who are committed to getting the best from their students

Our teaching methods may differ from the way your are taught in your own country. Here at Brookes our teaching methods include:

  • Lectures - a formal introduction to, and explanation of, new subjects.
  • Seminars - the chance to discuss lectures in more detail in small groups.
  • Tutorials - usually a meeting between you and your lecturer.
  • Podcasts - to give feedback on your seminars.
  • Brookes Virtual Learning Environment - our on-line virtual learning network where you can access course materials, learning activities and talk with other students and tutors about your course.
  • Projects and practical work form an important part of your learning. The type of work you do will depend on your course but could include field trips, laboratory work, work experience, surveys, debates or role plays.

International students have access to all the facilities at Oxford Brookes University including libraries, computers, Students' Union, restaurants, student support, medical services, careers advice and much more.

The Harcourt Hill Campus has many facilities including a dedicated Student Help Zone, a Chapel with a multi faith prayer room, and its own library, student union and sports centre.


International students also have a dedicated International Student Advisory Service (ISAS) who organise special events for you. These include tea parties, sightseeing tours and weekend trips. Other international events are also available.

Career Prospects

Oxford Brookes degree courses open up doors in the global employment market and are designed with real life skills in mind. Our Careers and Employment Centre gives free careers advice, as well as advertising work placements and other jobs on its website. They can also advise you about finding a job once you graduate.

Temporary, part-time and vacation jobs can also be sought to help boost your employability. The Student’s Union is available to help with your job search. You may also want to pursue voluntary work, giving you the opportunity to work with people from the local Oxford community.


A big part of student life in the UK is meeting new people and relaxing with friends. Here at Brookes we have plenty of places for you to take a break from work.

Regular cultural events such as theatre visits and traditional dance evenings are organised to help you experience life in the UK. Our events are a great way of meeting other students from across the University.

At Harcourt Hill there are plenty of places for you to meet up with friends, have fun and socialise. The campus has a Student Union bar and a refectory which serves traditional hot food, breakfasts, paninis and snacks. Its Café Direct coffee bar also serves a range of warm drinks and snacks.

Playing sport is also a great way to relax. Harcourt Hill is home to the Westminster Sports Centre which has recently received a £1million refurbishment and boasts a swimming pool, six full sized football and rugby and football pitches and a nine hole golf course. The university has a selection of more than 40 sports clubs on offer and six dedicated sports of excellence, so there is no excuse not to get involved.

See more information about Sport at Oxford Brookes.