From the Foundation course at Oxford Brookes, my practise has completely shifted from that which it was during A-level, despite remaining under the category of 'Fine Art'. I have been encouraged to experiment in a broad range of media and artistic processes and will be going on to my degree with an emphasis on film and installation - an area I did not have the opportunity to try until being on this course.
I think foundation courses are important in that they prepare you for the freedom and self-management of a degree; being left alone and given the chance to explore your own chosen subjects and disciplines is vital to most BA courses today. Additionally, without a foundation course, like this one, I would not be able to give and take constructive criticism which is a fundamental part of degree study also.
Without a Foundation degree students are applying to take degrees without having that extra year of experience. They will not be developed in their practises and most will be heading on to their higher education, on the basis of only the basic study of painting and drawing to which you are limited at art A-level.