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Oxford Business College


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Oxford Business College was founded in 1985 by Mr Stanley Hunter MA (Oriel College, Oxford). The College initially offered A-Level courses, focusing students who wanted to improve on their school examination performance.  Students were welcomed to the College and received tutoring to improve their results and enabled them to go on to university.  From these small beginnings, 35 years ago, OBC has developed into a College that has won tremendous accolades and is firmly placed as one of the most desirable undergraduate study destinations of choice in the independent higher education sector in Oxford. OBC, the oldest independent Business School in Oxford is acknowledged by leading experts as an epitome of innovation, setting enviably high standards of excellence. The success of the college is based on a number of initiatives and a  novel approach envisioned by the leadership. This is underpinned by creativity and acting as an agent of change has placed OBC among the fastest rising stars in the higher education sector.

Accepting fewer than 1 in 4 applicants on its undergraduate programmes of study positions OBC among the most popular institutions in the country almost at par with the elite Russell Group.

It is a matter of pride for OBC, consistently beating many bigger rivals in the independent higher education sector, to be nominated among the top 10 in the WhatUni awards in 2018, 2019 and again in 2020.

While studying at the College, students are privileged to become members of the prestigious Oxford Union enriching their Oxford experience by participating along with students from the two leading universities in seminars, debates, social and cultural union activities.

In addition to delivering HND programmes validated by Edexcel, OBC has also emerged as a preferred partner by leading universities to offer their franchised degree programmes  in Oxford.

The College has made the partnership with The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has been ranked in 13th position in the Guardian University Guide’s 2020 league table, Gold Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) award and recipient of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) to deliver undergraduate and graduate programmes in Business Management. The successful partnership with the Buckinghamshire New University made the 4-year integrated undergraduate degree in Business Management most popular. The College is also in partnership with United Seevic and Palmers College (USP) offering Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business Management. A few more partnerships are in the pipeline.

OBC’s International Foundation is another flagship programme, one of the longest running in Oxford helping hundreds of students gain admission in universities of their choice. This International Foundation Programme is widely recognised and accepted by over 25 UK universities, including some elite Russell Group members.

A powerful eight-member independent Board of Governors chaired by the eminent Professor Andrew George OBE (former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Brunel University) is an overarching body ensuring OBC fully complies with its academic and regulatory obligations.

Term dates
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