Undergraduate study2017

Undergraduate

Social Sciences with a Foundation Year

Department of Social Sciences

Year of entry: 2017

This course is primarily for candidates who for some reason have not had the opportunity to study the pre-requisite subjects needed for first year entry

Social Sciences with a Foundation Year

Department of Social Sciences

Year of entry: 2017

This course is primarily for candidates who for some reason have not had the opportunity to study the pre-requisite subjects needed for first year entry

Course details

Social Sciences with a Foundation Year enables entry into a selection of our Social Sciences courses for students that have not studied the correct subjects, or not quite achieved the qualifications required, perhaps due to illness, family issues or other commitments. Offers will not normally be made to those who apply simply because their A-level grades/predictions are below the requirements for direct entry to the degree programme.

It is a one year programme which will enable you to progress onto the first year of your chosen degree course, provided the relevant progression criteria are met. Successful completion of the course allows you to progress onto the following courses:

  • Criminology and Social Policy
  • Sociology
  • Sociology with Criminology
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Media, Culture and Society

During the year you will undertake core modules in Statistical Mathematics and Psychology with Sociology, and choose options from Biology, Business, Sport Science and Economics.

Completing a foundation year can be a real attribute to your overall degree success. It not only opens doors to courses that may have previously looked closed, but also provides 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 options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
Foundation studies 1 year L3FY
Teaching and learning methods

Our foundation course is taught in-house by University staff. As a student on the course you will be a full member the University, with the same access to the Students’ Union, clubs, societies, sports facilities and support departments.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of written exams and / or coursework assignments. Some modules are continually assessed throughout the year.

Typical coursework assignments include: laboratory reports, essays, poster presentations, assessed tutorials, workshops, peer review (review fellow students’ performance) and dissertations.

It is expected that for every hour you are in a structured class, you should spend two hours of your own time researching, writing up, learning work or doing set questions etc.

Eligibility

Students who are eligible for this course include:

  • Those wishing to study a degree without the appropriate background
  • Students performing at a very high standard in a chosen sport, who wish to study at Loughborough, but do not have the required qualifications due to sporting commitments*
  • International students with good Year 12 qualifications and a minimum of IELTS 6.5. (6.0 in each element)
  • Mature students returning to education
  • Those who did not meet their expected entrance requirements due to illness or other adverse situations
  • Students with alternative backgrounds and qualifications

Applications are treated on a case by case basis and a number of other personal situations may also be considered.

Please contact us for more information.

*If you think your sport profile qualifies you to be considered for the elite athletes programme, please contact performancesport@lboro.ac.uk before applying.

Course structure

Core modules:
  • Statistical Mathematics
  • Psychology with Sociology
Plus an option from:
  • Sport Science
  • Economics
An option from:
  • Biology
  • Business

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: L3FY Foundation studies 1 year

A-Level
3 A-Levels at grades BCC (not including General Studies or Critical Thinking)
SQA AH
IB
29
Other
BTEC Extended Diploma: min DMM
Additional
A minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A to C are normally required, including Mathematics and English.

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2017-18

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,250

International students can apply for the International Foundation Programme

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support for UK/EU Students 2017-18

Undergraduate international students: please refer to the pages on financial support for international students.

 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students.

(Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man)
Up to £6,000 over three years LSP pages
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years DTS pages
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Sports pages 
Email
01509 226108
Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Arts pages
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Care Leavers pages

Department / School Key Information Sets

Foundation studies 1 year

UCAS code: L3FY

Our students

Neeya B

“The Social Sciences Department at Loughborough is one of the best in the country, which will help later in life when looking for a career.”

Dane K

“I really enjoy that everyone is all together on campus and you feel like you’re part of a huge family. There is no feeling quite like being in the Loughborough Bubble.”

Benjamin S

“The teaching quality is extremely high and is consistent throughout all the modules. The lecturers strive to deliver the best content and provide endless support.”

Neeya B

“The Social Sciences Department at Loughborough is one of the best in the country, which will help later in life when looking for a career.”

Dane K

“I really enjoy that everyone is all together on campus and you feel like you’re part of a huge family. There is no feeling quite like being in the Loughborough Bubble.”

Benjamin S

“The teaching quality is extremely high and is consistent throughout all the modules. The lecturers strive to deliver the best content and provide endless support.”