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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

Foundation Studies

Academic Year: 2016/17

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Foundation Programmes at Loughborough University
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award See 'Criteria for Progression'
Programme title Foundation Studies
Programme code FYUF10 Chemical Engineering with a Foundation Year; FYUF01 Chemistry with a Foundation Year; FYUF02 Computer Science with a Foundation Year; FYUF11 Civil Engineering with a Foundation Year; FYUF25 Electronic & Electrical Engineering with a Foundation Year; FYUF03 Mathematics with a Foundation Year; FYUF20 PDE with a Foundation Year; FYUF21 Mechanical Engineering with a Foundation Year; FYUF22 Manufacturing Engineering with a Foundation Year; FYUF23 Sports Technology with a Foundation Year; FYUF24 Engineering Management with a Foundation Year; FYUF13 Materials with a Foundation Year; FYUF04 Physics with a Foundation Year; FYUF14 Aeronautical Engineering with a Foundation Year; FYUF15 Automotive Engineering with a Foundation Year; FYUF30 Sport with a Foundation Year; FYUF31 Human Biology with a Foundation Year; FYUF32 Psychology with a Foundation Year; FYUF33 Business with a Foundation Year; FYUF34 Economics with a Foundation Year; FYUF40 Social Sciences with a Foundation Year.
Length of programme Two semesters
UCAS code H411 Aeronautical Engineering with a Foundation Year; H33A Automotive Engineering with a Foundation Year; H80A Chemical Engineering with a Foundation Year; F104 Chemistry with a Foundation Year; H20A Civil Engineering with Foundation Year; G404 Computer Science with a Foundation Year; H602 Electronic and Electrical Engineering with a Foundation Year; HN12 Engineering Management with a Foundation Year; H700 Manufacturing Engineering with a Foundation Year; J504 Materials Engineering with a Foundation Year; G102 Mathematics with a Foundation Year; H304 Mechanical Engineering with a Foundation Year; F305 Physics with a Foundation Year; HH17 Product Design Engineering with a Foundation Year; L3FY Social Sciences with a Foundation Year; C1FY Human Biology with a Foundation Year; C6FY Sport with a Foundation Year; C8FY Psychology with a Foundation Year; N1FY Business with a Foundation Year; L1FY Economics with a Foundation Year.
Admissions criteria

Applicants who cannot apply for direct entry to the first year of a programme because they are missing one or more required A level subjects, their circumstances have not allowed them to achieve at the appropriate level (eg illness or bereavement), those with alternative qualifications, eg international students with good year 12 qualifications and a minimum IELTS of 6.5 (with 6.0 in each element), or mature students with professional qualifications.

Applicants should have good GCSEs and level 3 qualifications or equivalent. Admission requirements vary depending on the destination degree as published in the Foundation Studies Entry Requirements web page.

Applications will be judged on an individual basis and on their merits. An interview and diagnostic test may be required.

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 09 Sep 2016 10:12:26 BST

1. Programme Aims

  •  To provide a programme of study to allow students from a wide variety of backgrounds to obtain the necessary skill and knowledge to progress to an associated degree programme
  •  To equip students with transferable skills, attributes and confidence and thus help prepare them for higher education and future employment.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
  • Loughborough University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy
  • School Assessment Policy and Assessment Strategy
  • Annual Programme Review and Quadrenial Review
  • Staff/student committees
  • The research interests and specialisms of the teaching staff and their professional involvement in the disciplines.
  • Accreditation bodies and Foundation Year Network
  • National Qualification Framework

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

 K1 Fundamental subject principles which will be of direct relevance to their chosen degree programme

 K2 The relevance of mathematics in a variety of applications

 

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

C1 Construct logical arguments,

C2 Apply the principles of subject studies to practical situations,

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

P1 Collect, record and organise qualitative and/or quantitative data

P2 Analyse data

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

T1 Seek out information from a variety of appropriate sources

T2 Present data in an appropriate format

T3 Share responsibility for a task with others; agree common goals and methods to achieve them; co-ordinate the use of common resources to contribute actively to group discussion

T4 Communicate effectively in written formats

T5 Communicate effectively in oral formats

T6 Plan time to make the best use of resources and review priorities in the light of deadlines.

4. Programme structure

Administrative responsibility for the programme rests with the School of Science.

4.1       Content

Students select modules appropriate to their destination department, as shown in the matrix at 4.2 below.

4.2       Department module specifications

 

Aeronautical Engineering

FYF001 Applicable Mathematics  (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF101 Foundation Year Physics (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF251 Introduction to Programming with FYF254 Introduction to Circuits  Electronics 

OR

FYF251 Introduction to Programming with FYF252 Design and Manufacture of Consumer products

FYF321 Materials and Materials Processing with FYF322 Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering)  

Automotive Engineering

FYF001 Applicable Mathematics  (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF101 Foundation Year Physics  (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF251 Introduction to Programming with FYF254 Introduction to Circuits  Electronics  

OR

FYF251 Introduction to Programming with FYF252 Design and Manufacture of Consumer products

FYF321 Materials and Materials Processing with FYF322 Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering)  

Chemical Engineering

FYF001 Applicable Mathematics  (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF101 Foundation Year Physics  (Semester 1 and 2)

 

 

FYF201 Structure and Reactivity and FYF202 Synthesis and Spectroscopy  

 

FYF321 Materials and Materials Processing with FYF322  Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering)

OR

FYF301 Biological Systems and Disease and FYF302 Living Organisms: variation, population and environment

Chemistry

FYF001 Applicable Mathematics  (Semester 1 and 2)

OR

FYF003 Modelling with Mathematics and Statistics 1  (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF101 Foundation Year Physics  (Semester 1 and 2)

OR

FYF120 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science (Semester 1 and 2)  

OR

FYF151 Basic Microeconomics and FYF152 Basic Macroeconomics

 

FYF201 Structure and Reactivity and FYF202 Synthesis and Spectroscopy

 

 

FYF321 Materials and Materials Processing with FYF322 Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering)  

OR

FYF301 Biological Systems and Disease and FYF302 Living Organisms: variation, population and environment  

OR

FYF351 Business Finance and FYF352 Introduction to Marketing 

Civil Engineering

FYF001 Applicable Mathematics  (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF101 Foundation Year Physics (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF201 Structure and Reactivity and FYF202 Synthesis and Spectroscopy  

 

FYF321 Materials and Materials Processing with FYF322 Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering)  

 

 

 

 

Computer Science

FYF001 Applicable Mathematics  (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF101 Foundation Year Physics (Semester 1 and 2)

OR

FYF120 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science (Semester 1 and 2)  

OR

FYF151 Basic Microeconomics and FYF152 Basic Macroeconomics

 

FYF251 Introduction to Programming with FYF254 Foundation Year Circuits and Electronics 

OR

FYF251 Introduction to Programming with FYF252 Design and Manufacture of Consumer products

FYF321 Materials and Materials Processing with FYF322 Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering)  

OR

FYF301 Biological Systems and Disease and FYF302 Living Organisms: variation, population and environment  

OR

FYF351 Business Finance and FYF352 Introduction to Marketing 

Electronic & Electrical Engineering

FYF001 Applicable Mathematics  (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF101 Foundation Year Physics (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF251 Introduction to Programming with FYF254 Foundation Year Circuits and Electronics 

FYF321 Materials and Materials Processing with FYF322 Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering)  

Materials Engineering

FYF001 Applicable Mathematics  (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF101 Foundation Year Physics (Semester 1 and 2)

 

 

FYF201 Structure and Reactivity and FYF202 Synthesis and Spectroscopy  

OR

FYF251 Introduction to Programming with FYF252 Design and Manufacture of Consumer products

OR FYF251 Introduction to Programming with FYF254 Foundation Year Circuits and Electronics 

FYF321 Materials and Materials Processing with FYF322 Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering)  

 

Mathematics

FYF001 Applicable Mathematics  (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF101 Foundation Year Physics (Semester 1 and 2)

OR

FYF120 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science (Semester 1 and 2)  

OR

FYF151 Basic Microeconomics and FYF152 Basic Macroeconomics

FYF201 Structure and Reactivity and FYF202 Synthesis and Spectroscopy  

OR

FYF251 Introduction to Programming with FYF254 Foundation Year Circuits and Electronics 

OR

FYF251 Introduction to Programming with FYF252 Design and Manufacture of Consumer products

OR

FYF222 Sociology with FYF221 Introduction to Psychology

 

 

 

FYF321 Materials and Materials Processing with FYF322 Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering)  

OR

FYF301 Biological Systems and Disease and FYF302 Living Organisms: variation, population and environment  

OR

FYF351 Business Finance and FYF352 Introduction to Marketing 

Mechanical Engineering

FYF001 Applicable Mathematics  (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF101 Foundation Year Physics (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF251 Introduction to Programming with FYF254 Foundation Year Circuits and Electronics 

 

FYF321 Materials and Materials Processing with FYF322 Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering)  

Manufacturing Engineering

FYF001 Applicable Mathematics  (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF101 Foundation Year Physics (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF251 Introduction to Programming with FYF252 Design and Manufacture of Consumer products

FYF321 Materials and Materials Processing with FYF322 Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering)  

Physics

FYF001 Applicable Mathematics  (Semester 1 and 2)

FYF101 Foundation Year Physics (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF201 Structure and Reactivity and FYF202 Synthesis and Spectroscopy  

OR

FYF251 Introduction to Programming with FYF254 Foundation Year Circuits and Electronics 

OR

FYF251 Introduction to Programming with FYF252 Design and Manufacture of Consumer products  

OR

FYF222 Sociology with FYF221 Introduction to Psychology

FYF321 Materials and Materials Processing with FYF322 Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering)  

OR

FYF301 Biological Systems and Disease and FYF302 Living Organisms: variation, population and environment  

OR

FYF351 Business Finance and FYF352 Introduction to Marketing 

Product Design Engineering

FYF001 Applicable Mathematics  (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF101 Foundation Year Physics (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF251 Introduction to Programming with FYF252 Design and Manufacture of Consumer products

FYF321 Materials and Materials Processing with FYF322 Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering)  

Sports Technology

FYF001 Applicable Mathematics  (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF101 Foundation Year Physics (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF251 Introduction to Programming with FYF252 Design and Manufacture of Consumer products

OR

FYF254 Foundation Year Circuits and Electronics 

 

FYF321 Materials and Materials Processing with FYF322 Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering)  

Engineering Management

FYF001 Applicable Mathematics  (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF101 Foundation Year Physics (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF251 Introduction to Programming with FYF252 Design and Manufacture of Consumer products

FYF321 Materials and Materials Processing with FYF322 Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering)  

Social Sciences

 

FYF003 Modelling with Mathematics and Statistics 1  (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF120 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science (Semester 1 and 2)  

OR

FYF151 Basic Microeconomics and FYF152 Basic Macroeconomics

FYF222 Sociology with FYF221 Introduction to Psychology

FYF301 Biological Systems and Disease and FYF302 Living Organisms: variation, population and environment  

OR

FYF351 Business Finance and FYF352 Introduction to Marketing 

 

For Elite Athletes ONLY

Business

FYF003 Modelling with Mathematics and Statistics 1  (Semester 1 and 2)

OR

FYF001 Applicable Mathematics  (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF120 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science (Semester 1 and 2)  

OR

FYF151 Basic Microeconomics and FYF152 Basic Macroeconomics

 

FYF222 Sociology with FYF221 Introduction to Psychology

 

FYF351 Business Finance and FYF352 Introduction to Marketing 

Economics

FYF003 Modelling with Mathematics and Statistics 1  (Semester 1 and 2)

OR

FYF001 Applicable Mathematics  (Semester 1 and 2)

  

 

FYF151 Basic Microeconomics and FYF152 Basic Macroeconomics

 

FYF222 Sociology with FYF221 Introduction to Psychology

 

FYF351 Business Finance and FYF352 Introduction to Marketing 

Sports Programmes

FYF003 Modelling with Mathematics and Statistics 1  (Semester 1 and 2)

OR

FYF001 Applicable Mathematics  (Semester 1 and 2)

 

 

FYF120 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science (Semester 1 and 2)  

 

FYF201 Structure and Reactivity and FYF202 Synthesis and Spectroscopy  

OR

FYF222 Sociology with FYF221 Introduction to Psychology

 

FYF301 Biological Systems and Disease and FYF302 Living Organisms: variation, population and environment  

OR

FYF351 Business Finance and FYF352 Introduction to Marketing 

OR

FYF321 Materials and Materials Processing with FYF322 Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering)  

Psychology Programmes

FYF003 Modelling with Mathematics and Statistics 1  (Semester 1 and 2)

 

FYF120 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science (Semester 1 and 2)

OR

FYF151 Basic Microeconomics and FYF152 Basic Macroeconomics

FYF222 Sociology with FYF221 Introduction to Psychology

FYF301 Biological Systems and Disease and FYF302 Living Organisms: variation, population and environment  

OR

FYF351 Business Finance and FYF352 Introduction to Marketing  

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

Students who leave the Foundation programme at the end of the foundation year without progressing to Part A of degree programme at the University will be entitled to receive a Certificate in Foundation Studies, provided that they have achieved a minimum of 100 credits, and achieved a module mark of at least 30% in all modules.

 

To gain credit in any module, the overall module mark must be equal to, or in excess of, 40% and a minimum performance of 30% is required in all modules. In addition, different progression criteria exist for each intended degree level programme as indicated below.

 

1. In order to progress to Part A of the BEng degree programmes in the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering candidates must accumulate 120 credits and achieve 80% or better in Mathematics, 70% or better in Physics, and achieve an overall average of 60%.

2. In order to progress to Part A of the BEng degree programmes in the Department of Chemical Engineering candidates must accumulate 120 credits, achieve at least 70% in Mathematics and Chemistry modules, and achieve an overall average of 60%.

3. In order to progress to Part A of the degree programmes in the Department of Chemistry, candidates must accumulate at least 105 credits, achieve an overall average of 50%, and achieve 60% or better in Chemistry modules.

4. In order to progress to Part A of the BEng Civil Engineering programme candidates must accumulate 120 credits, achieve an overall average of 60%, and achieve a mark of at least 70% in Mathematics and Physics modules.

5. 1. In order to progress to Part A of the degree programme of Computer Science and Mathematics in the Department of Computer Science candidates must accumulate at least 105 credits and achieve at least 80% in Mathematics, and 50% in the Programming module.

    2. In order to progress to Part A of all other degree programmes in the Department of Computer Science, candidates must accumulate at least 105 credits and achieve at least 50% in Programming, and at least 60% in Mathematics.

6. In order to progress to Part A of a BEng programme in the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering candidates must accumulate at least 105 credits, an overall average of at least 50% and module marks of at least 60% in Mathematics and Electrical modules.

7. In order to progress to Part A of degree programmes in the School of Mathematics candidates must accumulate at least 105 credits including a mark of 80% or better in Mathematics and achieve an overall average mark of at least 60%.

8. 1. In order to progress to Part A of the BEng programmes in Mechanical Engineering candidates must accumulate at least 105 credits and achieve an overall average of 60%. In addition they must achieve a mark of at least 70% in Mathematics and Physics modules and 60% in Mechanical Engineering.

    2. In order to progress to Part A of the BEng programmes in Manufacturing Engineering and Product Design Engineering candidates must accumulate at least 105 credits and achieve an overall average of 60%. In addition they must achieve a mark of at least 60% in Mathematics and Physics modules and 50% in Design.

    3. In order to progress to Part A of the BSc Sports Technology programme in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering candidates must accumulate at least 105 credits and achieve an overall average mark of 60%.

    4. In order to progress to Part A of the BSc Engineering Management programme in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering candidates must accumulate at least 105 credits and achieve an overall average mark of 60%.

9. In order to progress to Part A of the Physics degree programme candidates must accumulate at least 105 credits and achieve a mark of at least 70% in Mathematics, at least 60% in Physics, and an overall average mark of 60%.

10. In order to progress to Part A of the degree programmes in the Department of Materials candidates must accumulate at least 105 credits, must achieve an overall average of at least 60% and achieve at least 60% in Mathematics and Materials modules.

11. In order to progress to Part A of Communication and Media Studies, Criminology and Social Policy, Sociology, Sociology with Criminology, and Media, Culture and Society, in the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences candidates must accumulate at least 105 credits (30 credits of which must be 70%) and achieve an overall average mark of 60%.

 

For Elite Athletes Only

1. In order to progress to Part A of Sport and Exercise Science, Sport Management, Sport Science with Management and Human Biology in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, candidates must accumulate at least 105 credits and achieve an overall average mark of 60%.

2. In order to progress to Part A of Accounting and Financial Management, Management Sciences, Retailing, Marketing and Management, International Business, Banking, Finance and Management and Information Management in The School of Business and Economics, candidates must accumulate at least 120 credits, and achieve an overall average mark of 70%. In addition they must achieve a mark of at least 70% in all modules.

3. In order to progress to Part A of Economics, Business Economics and Finance, International Economics, Economics with Geography, Economics with Politics, Economics with Accounting and Economics with Management in The School of Business and Economics, candidates must accumulate 120 credits, and achieve an overall average mark of 70%. In addition they must achieve a mark of at least 70% in all modules.

4. In order to progress to Part A of Psychology, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Business Psychology, Social Psychology and Psychology with Criminology in The School of Business and Economics, The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and The School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences, candidates must accumulate at least 105 credits and achieve an overall average mark of 60%.

5.2       Transfer between programmes

The provisions of Regulation IX apply to students registered on this programme and take precedence over the stipulations made in the previous section.

5.3     Scholarships

A number of departments award scholarships to students who meet specified thresholds. Applicable scholarships for UK/EU and for International students are set out ibelow.

Achievement Scholarships for students progressing from Foundation Year to Loughborough University Programmes

For UK and EU Students

A personal scholarship of £1000* will be awarded for one year to students who exceed the following criteria at first attempt and progress to those departments/programmes listed below:

Department/School

Criteria for Award

Applicable Programmes

Chemical Engineering

75% overall on the programme and 70% in FYF201, FYF202, FYF001, and FYF101.

All programmes

Chemistry

75% overall on the programme and 70% in FYF201 and FYF202.

All programmes

Computer Science

75% overall on the programme and 80% in FYF251.

All programmes

Civil Engineering

75% overall on the programme with 80% in FYF001 and FYF101.

 All programmes

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

75% overall on the programme and 80% in FYF001.

All programmes

Materials Engineering

70% overall on the programme and 75% in  FYF101, FYF001, FYF321.

All programmes

Mathematics

70% overall on the programme and 90% in FYF001.

All programmes

Physics

70% overall and 75% in FYF001 and FYF101.

All programmes

Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

75% overall on the programme with 80% in FYF001 and FYF101.

All programmes

*These merit scholarships are a personal award to the student, to be paid in the normal way (ie by a P1 form) by the awarding department.

For International (non EU) Students

A scholarship of 25% of the tuition fees for the first year of study will be awarded to students who exceed the following criteria at first attempt and progress to those departments/programmes listed below:

(Note: scholarships do not apply to sponsored international students)

Department/School

Criteria for Award

Applicable Programme

Chemical Engineering

75% overall on the programme and 70% in FYF201, FYF202, FYF001, and FYF101.

All programmes

Chemistry

75% overall on the programme and 70% in FYF201 and FYF202.

 All programmes

Computer Science

75% overall on the programme and 80% in FYF251.

 All programmes

Civil Engineering

75% overall on the programme with 80% in FYF001 and FYF101.

 All programmes

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

75% overall on the programme and 80% in FYF001.

 All programmes

Materials Engineering

70% overall on the programme and 75% in FYF101, FYF001, FYF321.

 All programmes

Mathematics

70% overall on the programme and 90% in FYF001.

 All programmes

Physics

70% overall and 75% in FYF001 and FYF101.

 All programmes

Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

75% overall on the programme with 80% in FYF001 and FYF101.

 All programmes

5.4 Leslie Mustoe Prize

A prize of £100 will be awarded to the student on the Foundation Studies programme with the highest overall part mark. 

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

n/a

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