Foundation studies

About Foundation Studies

Loughborough University's Foundation Year programme helps a variety of students who want to study a degree at Loughborough, but who have arrived at this decision via an unconventional route. Our wide range of Foundation Studies courses enables entry on to Loughborough University courses for students that have not studied the correct subjects, or not quite achieved the qualifications required.

The foundation year gives you the fundamental skills needed to continue onto one of our degrees whilst becoming a fully-fledged Loughborough student. Indeed, completing a foundation year can be a real attribute to your overall degree success, providing a sound base on which to establish a successful academic career. Many who have completed the foundation year have also said how beneficial it was to them in supporting their transition into University life.

Study with us because

  • A leading UK university 

    Ranked 6th in The Times Higher Education Table of Tables. Ranked Top 10 in 16 subject areas in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

  • A great location and a great place to study 

    Loughborough University boasts a superb 438 acre (177 hectares) single-site campus, offering great facilities for every aspect of student life, with plenty of open space, gardens and sports areas. Our central location is easily accessible by road, rail and air.

  • Excellent employability 

    Leading recruiters recruit our students with 94% of our 2015 graduates in work and/or further study within six months of graduation*. Year-long placement opportunities available on every degree give you the opportunity to boost your employability and the biggest annual careers fair in the UK attracts over 190 top employers every year.

  • A great university experience 

    The award-winning Loughborough Students' Union provides opportunities for fun and fund-raising and participation in over 55 sports clubs and 60 societies covering a range of hobbies and interests.

*DLHE survey 2015, UK and EU students only

Future prospects

Foundation students are guaranteed entry on to their chosen undergraduate course, provided that the relevant progression requirements set by their destination department are met. Previous foundation year students have secured jobs in a range of national companies after graduation, including Ferrari, Boots, Johnson Matthey, Lloyds Banking Group, Jaguar Land Rover, Signalling Solutions Ltd, AML Technologies and Ford Motor Company.

Foundation Studies was previously known as SEFS (Science and Engineering Foundation Studies). This course fed into the science and engineering programmes at Loughborough. Recent expansion has enabled the introduction of the elite sport foundation programme, and other subject pathways are currently being investigated.