Politics BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS BA (Hons)

4 years full-time sandwich

Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
L203
Institute code
L79
Start date
30 September 2019
UK / EU fee
£9,250
International fee
£16,400
Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
L202
Institute code
L79
Start date
30 September 2019
UK / EU fee
£9,250
International fee
£16,400

The fees presented here are for the 2018-19 academic year and are intended as a guideline. Fees for 2019-20 have not yet been confirmed by the government.

Overview

Political change and political argument are at the centre of our rapidly changing world. Our politics degree focuses on the key issues and ideas which drive these often controversial developments.

Politics BA equips you to think critically and analytically about contemporary political issues and institutions. It allows you to understand the mechanics of a variety of political institutions, as well as topical issues, ideas and controversies. It aims to both deepen your knowledge and understanding of politics and, in the process, to equip you to become sharper citizens to meet some of the major political challenges of the twenty-first century.

The course progresses from a foundation in the key concepts of political practice and theory to an in-depth understanding of more specialised subjects such as populism, the EU, US politics, political violence, gender, justice and British politics. The course is structured around a number of subject areas arranged into modules, each of which is worth a number of credits. It is intended by your final year that you will have successfully completed 360 credits to graduate.

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Why you should choose us

Why you should study this course

There are lots of reasons to study Politics BA (Hons) including;

  • This course offers you the flexibility to incorporate a placement or study abroad year into your degree
  • You'll be able to choose from a wide range of topics, delivery and assessment
  • You'll experience our ethos of research and teaching excellence, being taught by award-winning academic and technical staff

Vannessa

Introducing Vannessa, a second year Politics student at Loughborough University. Watch our short film to hear all about her journey into Higher Education and how she is making the most of her student experience.

What you'll study

Excited to learn more? For a taster of what you can expect to study on this course, take a sneak preview of some of the modules you may have the opportunity to study below.

The information below reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information.

You will be introduced to the foundations of the study of Politics, providing the framework necessary for appreciating the complexities of the political world. Our assumption is that students are not necessarily familiar with Politics at this stage. Modules cover different models of democratic governance, political ideologies, international politics, and key international organisations.

Examples of core modules are listed below. In Year 1, you will also be able to choose from a range of optional modules in either Economics, English, Languages, Geography, International Relations, Business, Politics or Social Sciences.

Semester 1

Introduction to Academic Studies

This module introduces students to fundamental skills for successful study in Politics, International Relations, and/or History.

The Contemporary World Arena

The aims of the module are to explore various aspects of the contemporary world arena, and to consider the importance of different actors and issues; and to identify links between theory and practice in the world arena.

Introduction to Democratic Government

The aim of this module is to explore the main variants of democratic government and to introduce students to various institutions and actors in liberal democracies.

Modern Europe: from the Enlightenment to the Present (EUA702)

This module provides an introduction to modern European history from c. 1750 to the present and equips students with a 'common platform' of knowledge about modern Europe.

Semester 2

Conceptions of Democracy

The aim of this module is to introduce a variety of perspectives on democracy and examine some of the problems resulting from the institutionalisation of democracy in the domestic and global arenas.

Political Ideologies

The aims of this module are to introduce students to the major ideological positions that have shaped modern politics, and its study; and to encourage students to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, and enduring relevance of these ideologies to contemporary national and international politics.

International Political Theory

This module aims to introduce students to a selection of theories, concepts and theorists of International Politics.

International Organisations

This module aims to explore the various challenges to maintaining international order under anarchy.

The second year introduces some specialisation, with module choices including: British politics, protest and resistance, European politics, history of political thought, and US politics.

In this year, you will have the opportunity to study modules from a range of subjects including Business, Economics, English, Languages, History, Geography and Social Sciences. There will also be an alternative option to study abroad for the second semester - if you choose this route (instead of the standard route) you will undertake assessed work and complete a Distance Learning Research Design or Crafting a Dissertation module, plus select from a range of optional modules.

Semester 1

Theories and Methods in Political Research

The aims of this module are to introduce students to the dominant approaches and their research methods in politics

History of Political Thought (EUB628)

The aim of this module is to examine the development of political thought by looking at key concepts, thinkers and movements in the history of ideas.

History of Political Thought (EUB629)

The aim of this module is to examine the development of political thought by looking at key concepts, thinkers and movements in the history of ideas.

Third World Politics Optional

Third World Politics

British Politics

The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the history, institutions, actors, processes and challenges of British Politics and Government.

The European Union (EUB601)

The aim of this module is to understand the origins, institutions, actors, purposes, processes and functions of the European Union.

The European Union (EUB625)

The aim of this module is to understand the origins, institutions, actors, purposes, processes and functions of the European Union.

The American Century: US Politics and Society in the 20th Century

The aims of this module are:

  1. Introduce students to the main institutions of the US government and how they function within the US political system
  2. Examine the politics and foreign policy of the United States through an analysis of its 20th century history
  3. Explore how US cultural, social and intellectual history influenced US politics in the 20th century.

Research Design

The aim of this module is to develop skills in research design.

Comparative European Politics (EUB604)

This module offers a pan-European introduction to the continent's politics and compares the institutions of, and processes within, democracies across Europe.

Comparative European Politics (EUB620)

This module offers a pan-European introduction to the continent's politics and compares the institutions of, and processes within, democracies across Europe.

Protest and Resistance

The aim of this module is to help students improve their knowledge and understanding of various forms of protest and resistance at the local, national and transnational levels.

Enterprise, Employability and Personal Development

The aims of this module are:

  • To influence students' awareness of and performance in key competencies which are required for personal effectiveness in employment and as a citizen in the wider community;
  • To develop these competencies and understanding through a primarily student-centred approach to learning;
  • To encourage students to use available tools and materials to support their own personal development;
  • To provide students with an appreciation of the contemporary business environment in which their discipline is situated and into which they are likely to seek future employment.
  • Stimulate student's interest in the global economy and the challenges facing industry in the 21st century.
  • To aid student preparation for their job searching

Cold War Europe (EUB702)

The aims of the module are to discuss key selected key issues raised by the history of the Cold War, with particular focus on Europe.

Cold War Europe (EUB703)

The aims of the module are to discuss key selected key issues raised by the history of the Cold War, with particular focus on Europe.

This year provides you with the greatest flexibility by allowing you to choose a number of modules from a list of options. Options include topics such as terrorism and political violence, contemporary political philosophy, gender and politics, Britain and the EU, nationalism, and populism.

In the final year, you will have the opportunity to study modules from a range of subjects including Business, Economics, English, Languages, History, Geography and Social Sciences.

Semester 1

Nationalism: blood, soil and citizens Optional

Nationalism: blood, soil and citizens

State Violence and Terrorism Optional

State Violence and Terrorism

The Asia Pacific in Global Politics Optional

The Asia Pacific in Global Politics

Contemporary Political Philosophy

Contemporary Political Philosophy

Gender and Politics Optional

Gender and Politics

Empire, War and Popular Culture in Britain c. 1880-1930 Optional

Empire, War and Popular Culture in Britain c. 1880-1930

Semester 2

Art, Politics and Society

To develop a knowledge of the role of art, broadly conceived, as a vehicle for exploring the nature of the human condition both politically and socially.

Post-War British Politics: The Start of the Decline Optional

Post-War British Politics: The Start of the Decline

Britain and the European Union

The aim of this module is to develop multiple and critical perspectives on the question of the UK's membership of the European Union. The module will introduce the complexity of the UK's relationship with the EU. It will apply and critically engage with competing conceptual frameworks of Britain's relationship with the EU. It will study key periods, issues and phenomena of the UK's relationship with the EU.

No Gods! No Masters! Anarchism Past and Present Optional

No Gods! No Masters! Anarchism Past and Present

The Populist Challenge to Western Democracies Optional

The Populist Challenge to Western Democracies

Semester 1 & 2

Dissertation in Politics and International Relations

To enable students to undertake a piece of research on a topic of their choice in the field of Politics and International Relations, and to further develop their skills in research techniques and methods.

How you'll be assessed

During this course assessment may include; essays, exams, quizzes, video presentations, group work, policy briefs, textual commentaries, source analysis, research papers and oral presentations.

How you'll study

Loughborough is consistently rated among the best places in the UK to study, and the Department is committed to providing a fun, challenging, and supportive learning environment for all our students. Students learn best when they are stimulated and excited, and when the issues are brought alive to them.

This is why we have increased our contact hours, and embrace new and innovative teaching techniques, participative learning methods, the latest e-learning tools, and innovative assessment techniques. You will work closely with a diverse team of experts in order to increase your own knowledge and skills, and draw your own conclusions about domestic and global politics.

The course is taught through a combination of lectures, interactive classes and guided study, in which we often use techniques such as lecture recordings, in-class participation using clickers and Twitter, and assessment through learning portfolios, policy briefs and problem-based learning activities to help you develop your ideas.

All course materials are designed to explore areas of Politics and in a way which is both intelligible and in line with cutting edge research. Each student is also allocated a personal tutor who can advise you or help you with any issues, and a student mentor to help you settle in your first few weeks of university life.

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Supervision

Sandwich year options

Politics BA (Hons) offers you the opportunity to study abroad for a year or to undertake a placement year.

Additional award

By undertaking a year in placement or a year abroad, you will gain an additional award alongside your final qualification. If you complete an industrial placement year you will gain a Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS). If you undertake a professional placement year you will gain a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) or if you study abroad for a year you will gain a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS).

International semester and study abroad

Students are given the opportunity to begin new languages or continue your studies in languages including French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

In the second semester of the second year, students who do not read a foreign language have the opportunity to apply to spend a semester abroad at a partner institution in Canada, the Czech Republic, Taiwan, Sweden, Finland or the Netherlands. Teaching and assessment at these institutions are in English.

Students who study a foreign language to a sufficient level as part of their course can opt to take a four-year degree course and spend the whole of their third year abroad.

The Politics course offers you the opportunity to combine your studies with an elective (20 credits out of 120 per year) from a range including: Business Studies, Communication and Media Studies, Economics, French, Geography, German, International Relations, Mandarin Chinese, Social Policy, Sociology, and Spanish.

Students whose native tongue is English and who have received their education in the UK can apply for assistantships, securing paid work teaching English to school children. Other students study at a European University.

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Professional placement year

One of the many benefits of this course is that students have the opportunity to take a one-year professional placement between their second and third year of studies.
A professional placement helps you test drive a career and stand out to employers. Placement options are wide and varied but would typically be a graduate level role with one of a broad range of companies or organisations which can be based in the UK or overseas.

We have strong industry links which help our students secure year-long placements in the UK and internationally. These placements are an invaluable opportunity to enhance employability and apply skills and knowledge to a working environment.

Students are expected to secure their own placement; however, extensive support from the School Placement Officer and Careers Network team is always available.

Placement destinations differ slightly according to the subject studied, in previous years students have undertaken placements for the CBI in Brussels, IBM and Google.

Students work towards an additional qualification whilst on placement – the Diploma in Professional Studies, which, on successful completion, is awarded at graduation.

Student placements – a unique opportunity

More than 1,400 Loughborough University students complete a 12-month placement each year. They join a range of organisations and deliver tangible benefits to their hosts as well as honing a range of workplace skills.

Where you'll study

As a student here at Loughborough University you will have access to a wide range of facilities.

Typical offers

To learn more about the qualifications we typically accept, please select your country from the drop-down menu below.

Typical offers for United Kingdom

A-Level
ABB (General Studies accepted)
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL)
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM

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

Preferred subjects

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas preferred subjects: Art and Design, Business, Media, Health and Social Care

Selection

Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application, but in exceptional cases, an interview may be required. If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Australia

Typical offers for students from Australia are based on the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). Typically, we would require a score between 85.00 and 94.00. For students from Queensland, requirements from the Overall Position (OP) would typically be between 8 and 4.

Further to the above, students would normally be required to pass one of the following qualifications:

  • ACT Year 12 Certificate
  • New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC)
  • Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE)
  • Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
  • South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
  • Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)

Where courses have specific subject requirements, these will be expected to be studied within one of the above qualifications. Grades of ‘B’ (ACT, NTCE, SACE, VCE, WACE), ‘4’ (HSC), ‘CA’ (TCE), ‘HA’ (QCE) or higher will normally be required.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Austria

For students taking the Austrian Reifeprüfung (Matura), we typically require an average score between 2.2 and 1.2 from 6 written or spoken exams. Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score of or 1 will normally be required in each.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Bahrain

Students who have studied the Tawjihiyah/Thanawiya amma (General Secondary Education Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements

Belgium

The Certificat d’Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) and Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs (DSO) are both acceptable qualifications for direct entry into first year undergraduate courses. We typically require an overall score ranging from 75% to 85%. Where the 20 point marking scale is used, we would typically require marks between 15/20 and 17/20.

Specific subject marks may be required for some courses and where this is the case, this should be studied as a 4 hour subject. Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 50% or higher in Maths within the CESS or DSO.

Students currently studying the Abschlusszeugnis der Oberstufe des Sekundarunterrichts should contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further details.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Brazil

Students taking the Brazilian High School Certificate(Certificado de Ensino Médio and Exame Nacional do Ensino Médio – ENEM) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year. 

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements

Brunei

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Bulgaria

For students taking the Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie, we would typically ask for an overall score ranging from 5.3 6.0 overall with specific subject marks required for some courses.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 4.5 or higher in Maths within the Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Canada

Typical offers for students from Canada are based on having completed Grade 12. The information below outlines the requirements for different states:

Alberta, Northwest Territory, Nunavut

  • Typical offers are based on an average of best 5 grade 12 courses in the General High School Diploma and offers typically range from 80% - 93%.
  • Where courses require specific subjects, these should be taken as thirty-level courses. Where A Level Maths is a course requirement, both Mathematics 30-1 and Mathematics 30-2 should be completed.
  • Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 60% or higher in grade 10 Maths.

British Columbia, Yukon Territory

  • Typical offers range from ‘BBBBBB’ – ‘AAAAAA’ from best 6 grade 12 subjects in the Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma.
  • Where courses require specific subjects these would normally need to be achieved at ‘A’ or ‘B’.
  • Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of ‘C’ or higher in grade 10 Maths.

Manitoba

  • Typical offers are based on an average of best 5 subjects at 300 level in the High School Graduation Diploma and offers typically range from 80% - 93% with specific subject marks required for some courses.
  • Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 60% or higher in grade 10 Maths.

New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan

  • Typical offers are based on an average of best 5 grade 12 subjects in the High School Graduation Diploma and offers typically range from 80% - 93% with specific subject marks required for some courses. Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 60% or higher in grade 10 Maths.

Newfoundland & Labrador

  • Typical offers are based on an average of best 5 university preparatory level subjects in the High School Graduation Diploma and offers typically range from 80% - 93% with specific subject marks required for some courses.
  • Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 60% or higher in grade 10 Maths.

Nova Scotia

  • Typical offers are based on an average of best 5 subjects at level 4 or 5 in the High School Completion Certificate and offers typically range from 80% - 93% with specific subject marks required for some courses.
  • Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 60% or higher in grade 10 Maths.

Ontario

  • Typical offers are based on an average of best 6 grade 12 courses at ‘4U’, ‘4M’ or ‘DU’ in the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and offers typically range from 80% - 93% with specific subject marks required for some courses.
  • Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 60% or higher in grade 10 Maths.

 

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

China

Students taking the Senior Middle Examinations will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year. 

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Alternatively, we will accept a first year of study at a recognised university of appropriate standing within China as acceptable for entry to the first year of some of our degree courses. We would typically require an overall average ranging from 75% to 80% with specific subject marks required for some courses. Please contact the International Office who can advise on acceptability for entry to Loughborough courses.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Croatia

For students taking the Croatian Matura (Svjedodžba o Maturi), we typically require an average score between 4.0 and 5.0 from best 5 subjects.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score of or will normally be required in each. For courses that require Maths as part of their A Level offer, this should be taken at extended level in the Matura

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Cyprus

The Apolytirion is not accepted for direct entry to the University when studied on its own. However, we are happy to consider students taking the Apolytirion alongside either 1 or 2 A Levels. For courses with typical offer requirements of ‘ABB’, we would typically require 19.5 in the Apolytirion alongside an ‘A’ at A Level or 18.0 in the Apolytirion alongside ‘AB’ at A Level. Where courses require specific subjects, these must be taken at A Level.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 17 or higher in Maths within the Apolytirion.

Students taking the Apolytirion without additional A Levels will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year. Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year, alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Czech Republic

For students taking the Czech Maturita (Vysvědčení o Maturitní Zkoušce), we typically require an average ranging from 2.00 to 1.00 from best 4 subjects with specific subject marks (either 1 or 2) required for some courses.

All applicants must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Denmark

For students taking the Bevis for Studentereksamen (STX), typical offers range from 8.0 to 10.5 in the weighted average mark from the STX. Some courses may require marks (either 10 or 12) in specific Level A subjects.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 7 or higher in Level C Maths with the STX.

Students who have taken the Studentereksamen under the old grading system would be considered on a case by case basis with an average between 9.0 and 11.0 normally required.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Egypt

Students who have studied the Thanaweya A’ama (Certificate of General Secondary Education) will need complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Estonia

For students taking the  Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus with the Riigieksamitunnistus, we typically require a high average grade between 4.3 and 4.8 in the Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus as well as an average percentage between 77% and 90% in the Riigieksamitunnistus.

Specific subject marks may be required for some courses. For Engineering and Science courses, we would expect students to have studied Lai Matemaatika.

Students with a score of 4.0 with 70% average from state exams would be considered on a case by case basis for the Loughborough University Foundation Year

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

European Baccalaureate

For students taking the European Baccalaureate, we typically require an overall average mark between 78% and 88% with specific subject marks (normally 8.0 or higher from a 4 or 5 period subject) required for some courses.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 6.5 or higher in Maths 3.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details. When applying, please state whether you are taking English as Language 1, 2, 3 or 4.

Faroe Islands

Students taking the Studentsprógv would normally be required to achieve a score between 8.0 and 10.5 with specific subject marks (either 10 or 12) required for some courses.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Finland

For students taking the Ylioppilastutkinto / Studentexamen, typical offer requirements would normally be based on achievement in best 4 subjects. Offers will typically be expressed as four letter grades ranging from MMMM (achieve Magna cum laude approbatur or higher in four subjects) to LEEE (achieve Eximia cum laude approbatur or higher in four subjects with at least one subject at Laudatur).

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 7 or higher in Maths within the Lukion Päästötodistus

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

France

For students taking the French Baccalaureat, we typically require a range from 13.0 – 15.5 with specific subject marks required for some courses.

Students applying for Science or Engineering courses would generally be expected to have followed the Science (‘S’) stream. Students following the Option Internationale (OIB) will often receive a slightly lower offer.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 10 or higher in Maths within the Baccalaureat.

Students taking the Baccalaureat Technologique will be considered for first year entry on a case by case basis where subjects studied are relevant to the university course applied for.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Germany

Students taking the Abitur typically require an overall score ranging from 1.3 - 2.0 with specific subject marks required for some courses (normally between 12and 15).

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 7 or higher in Maths within the Abitur.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Ghana

Students taking the WASSCE will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Greece

Students taking the Greek Apolyterion are normally required to also take the Panhellenic Exams. Typical offers are based on the General Access Grade in the Panhellenics and range from 16.5 to 19.0 depending on the course applied for. Where courses have specific subject requirements, these should be taken as ‘Direction’ subjects within the Panhellenics. Students applying for Science or Engineering courses would generally be expected to have followed the Sciences direction. We will also normally ask for a mark between 17.0 and 19.0 in the Apolyterion certificate.

Students who have studied 1 or 2 A Levels alongside the Apolyterion (without taking the Panhellenic Exams) would normally be required to obtain high grades in their A Level  exams along with an average mark of between 17.0 and 19.0 in the Apolyterion. Where courses have specific subject requirements, these should be taken as A Levels.

Students taking a Foundation course alongside the Apolyterion will be considered on a case by case basis.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Hong Kong

Typical offers for students taking the HKDSE  vary by course and range from ‘5, 4, 4’ – ‘5*, 5, 5’ from best 3 subjects, of which 2 must be electives and excluding Liberal Studies and Chinese. Where courses require specific subjects, we would be looking for grades between ‘4’ and ‘5*’ in these subjects.

For courses that require Maths as part of their A Level offer, this should be taken at extended level in the HKDSE. Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of ‘3’ or higher in core Maths.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Hungary

For students taking the Hungarian Matura (Érettségi Bizonyítvány), we typically require an average ranging from 70% to 83% from best 5 subjects which must include at least 2 higher level exams.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score of between 70% and 90% would normally be required in a higher level exam.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Iceland

For students taking the Stúdentspróf, we typically require an overall grade between 8.0 and 9.3 with specific subject marks (between 8 and 10) required for some courses.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

India

Typical offers are based on the Year 12/Standard XII school leaving qualifications. When awarded by CBSE, ISCE or West Bengal Exam Boards, we typically ask for results in the region of 78% - 88% average performance from best 5 subjects. For other state boards, we would be looking for achievement between 83% - 93% from best 5 subjects. Specific subject marks may be required for some courses.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 70% or higher in this subject in the Standard XII.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Indonesia

Students who have studied the Ijazah: Sekolah Menengah Atas/Madrasah Aliyah (SMA/MA) will need complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Ireland

Students who have taken the Leaving Certificate under the new grading system (post 2016) would normally be required to achieve 5 higher level passes with grades ranging from H2 H2 H3 H3 H3 to H1 H1 H2 H2 H2. Where courses have specific A Level subject requirements, these should be taken at higher level.

If you have taken the Leaving Certificate under the old grading system (pre 2016) our typical offers would be between B1 B1 B2 B2 B2 and A1 A1 A2 A2 A2.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Israel

For students taking the Bagrut, we would require students to have studied at least 21 study units. Typical offers will be based on average percentage from 3 best 5-unit level subjects with requirements ranging from 78% to 92% depending on the course. Please note that we do not use the Optimal Average and do not consider bonus points as part of our offers.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, we would expect these to be studied as a 5-unit subject and look for achievement between 80% and 95%.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Italy

For students taking the Diploma di Esamo di Stato, we typically require an overall score ranging from 85% - 98% overall. Where courses require specific subjects, we would be looking for marks between 8 and 10 in school assessment.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 6 or higher in school assessment for Maths.

Students taking the Diploma di Istituto Tecnico will be considered for first year entry on a case by case basis where subjects studied are relevant to the course for which they have applied.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Japan

Students taking the Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Alternatively, we will accept a first year of study at a recognised university of appropriate standing within Japan as acceptable for entry to the first year of some of our degree courses. We would typically require an overall average ranging from 75% to 80% with specific subject marks required for some courses. Please contact the International Office who can advise on acceptability for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Jordan

Students taking the Tawjihi (General Secondary Education Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

Students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Kenya

Students taking the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

English language studied within the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Kuwait

Students who have studied the Tawjihiyah/Thanawiya amma (General Secondary Education Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Latvia

For students taking the Atestāts par Vispārējo Vidējo Izglītību, we typically require a high average grade between 9.2 and 10.0 as well as an average between 87% and 95% from best 4 state exams.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score between 87% and 95% will normally be requested in state exams in these subjects.

Students with a score of 8.0 with 80% average from best 4 state exams would be considered on a case by case basis for the Foundation Year.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Lebanon

Students taking the Baccalauréat Général will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

Students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Lithuania

For students taking the Brandos Atestatas, typical offers generally range from 9.0 – 10.0 overall. We would also typically ask for an average percentage from the best 3 state exams between 80% and 94%. Where courses require specific subjects, we would typically require these to be taken as state exams.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 7 or higher in school assessment for Maths.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Malaysia

For students taking either the Matrikulasi (Matriculation Certificate) or the Sigjil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysian (STPM), we would typically require grades ranging from AAA-BBB from best 3 (core) subjects excluding general studies.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a grade C or higher in SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) Maths.

For students taking the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) we would typically require from the best 7 subjects grades ranging 2xA1 5xA2 to 7xB3 in the UEC-SML. Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a grade B6 or higher in Maths.

  • Students taking the MARA Diploma will be considered for first year entry on a case by case basis.                                                                                                                             
  • Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Malta

For students taking the Advanced Matriculation Exam, typical offers would normally be based on achievement in 2 advanced level subjects (typically between BB and AA) and 3 intermediate level subjects excluding Systems of Knowledge (typically between BCC and AAA).

Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score of B or A will normally be required in an Advanced Level subject. Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we normally look for a score of 4 or higher in Maths within the Secondary Education Certificate (SEC).

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Netherlands

For students taking the Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)., typical offers range from 6.6 to 7.4 average from the VWO with specific subject marks (between and 9) required for some courses.

Students applying for Science or Engineering courses would generally be expected to have followed the Natuur en Techniek stream within the VWO and have taken the Maths D course.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 5 or higher in Maths within the VWO.

Students taking the Middelbaar Beroepsonderwijs (MBO Level 4) certificate will be considered for first year entry on a case by case basis where subjects studied are relevant to the university course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further details.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

New Zealand

For students taking the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 typical offers will be based on overall achievement in the NCEA plus a required number of credits achieved at the next level up. For example, where A Level requirements are ABB, we would normally require a Merit overall with 20 Level 3 credits achieved at Excellence.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, these should be studied at Level 3 within the NCEA. Typically, an overall achievement of Merit or Excellence will be required in these subjects.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Nigeria

Students taking the WASSCE will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Norway

For students taking the Vitnemål for Videregående Opplæring, typical offers range from 4.00 to 5.25 average of all Final Assessment Grades.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, students will need to achieve a or higher in at least two 140-hour courses.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Oman

Students who have studied the Tawjihiyah/Thanawiya amma (General Secondary Education Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Pakistan

Students taking the Intermediate/Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Poland

For students taking the new Matura typical offers are based on average achievement from 3 extended level exams and offers normally range from 75% - 85%. Where courses require specific subjects, these should be taken as extended level exams and we would normally look for marks between 75% and 90%.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 68% or higher in the compulsory standard level Maths.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Portugal

Students taking the Diploma de Ensino Secundário would normally be required to achieve a score between 16.5 and 18.5 with specific subject marks (between 17 and 19) required for some courses.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we normally look for a score of 14 or higher in Maths within the Diploma de Ensino Secundário.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Qatar

Students taking the Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama (Senior School Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Romania

For students taking the Diploma de Bacalaureat, typical offers range from 8.6 – 9.4 overall. Where courses require a specific subject, we would be looking for this to be studied as the optional subject within the Diploma de Bacalaureat with marks between 8.6 and 9.8.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 7 or higher in Grade 10 Maths from the ‘Foaie Matricola’ or 6.5 or higher in Maths from the Diploma de Bacalaureat.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Russia

Students taking the Certificate of Unified State Examination will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Saudi Arabia

Students who have studied the Tawjihiyah (General Secondary Education Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Singapore

For students with Singapore A Levels, typical offers normally range from BBC to AAA from three H2 Level subjects and offers are typically one grade lower than the typical A Level requirement as stated in the undergraduate prospectus due to the comparative difficulty.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, an ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade would normally be required in line with UK A Level requirements.

Students with a Diploma from one of Singapore’s five Polytechnics would be considered for first year entry with requirements ranging from 2.50 to 3.10. Second year entry may be considered in some cases. Please contact the International Office to check if this is applicable.

For IB requirements please see the undergraduate prospectus.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

Slovakia

For students taking the Slovakian Matura (Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške), typical offers range from 2.00 to 1.00 average from best 4 subjects with specific subject marks (either 1 or 2) required for some courses.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Slovenia

For students taking the Maturitetno Spričevalo., we typically require an overall total score of between 22 and 30 out of 34.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score of or 5 will normally be required in each. Applicants for Science or Engineering courses would normally be required to take Maths at higher level and would be required to achieve a mark of between 6 and 8.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

South Africa

For students taking the National Senior Certificate (NSC), typical offers range from 6,6,6,6,6 to 7,7,7,7,7 from the best 5 subjects, excluding Life Orientation.
 
Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score of or would normally be required.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

South Korea

Students taking the High School Diploma will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Spain

We require students taking the Título de Bachiller to achieve a certain grade out of 10 in the Nota de Acceso from the Prueba de Acceso a Estudios Universitarios (PAU). Typical offers range from 7.75 to 9.00 in the Nota de Acceso. Please note that the Nota de Acceso is a mark out of 10 which is made up of the overall mark from the Título de Bachiller (60%) and the average mark from the Fase General (40%).

Where courses have specific subject requirements, a mark of 7.50 or higher would normally be required in either a Fase General or Fase Específica exam. Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 6 or higher in Maths within the Título de Bachiller.

Students taking the new Reválida exams will be asked for a mark out of 10 from the Calificación Media between 7.75 and 9.00 in line with our requirements from the PAU. Please note that the Calificación Media is a mark out of 10 which is made up of the overall mark from the Título de Bachiller (60%) and the average mark from the four compulsory (Troncales Generales) Reválida exams (40%). Note that students applying for Science or Engineering courses would generally be expected to have followed the Ciencias stream.

For students taking the EBAU/EVAU, please contact the International Office for further advice.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Sri Lanka

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

Sri Lankan A Levels are considered comparable to the typical A Level requirements. However, as an A* grade cannot be achieved in Sri Lankan A Levels, an A grade is acceptable to meet this requirement where applicable.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Sweden

For students tasking the Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola, typical offers are normally based on an average score from 2500 credits with an ‘A’ counting as 20 points, a ‘B’ counting as 17.5 points, a ‘C’ counting as 15 points etc. Typical offers range from 16.0 to 18.8 average from 2500 credits.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, an ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade would normally be required from 2 relevant subject modules within the Slutbetyg.

Students who took the Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola under the old grading system are considered on a case by case basis with most courses requiring a majority of ‘VG’ and ‘MVG’ grades.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

Switzerland

Students taking the following qualifications would be considered for direct entry to undergraduate courses: Certificat de MaturitéMaturitätsausweisAttestato di Maturità. Typical offer requirements are based on average achievement from best 12 subjects and offers typically range from 4.8 – 5.5. Where courses require specific subjects, we would be looking for marks between 5.0 and 6.0 in school assessment.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 4.0 or higher in school assessment for Maths.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

Taiwan

Students taking the Senior High School Diploma will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Alternatively, Junior College Diploma holders may be considered on a case by case basis for entry to undergraduate courses.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Tanzania

The Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ACSEE) is acceptable for entry into the first year of undergraduate courses. Typical offers are the same as for UK A Levels as stated in the Undergraduate Prospectus.

For courses which require achievement in GCSE Maths, we normally look for a score of C or higher in Maths in the Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE).

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

Thailand

Students taking the Certificate of Secondary Education/Maw 6 will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

The Caribbean

For students taking the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), we typically require a range from ‘2, 2, 2’ -  ‘1, 1, 1’ achieved from three 2-unit exams with specific subject marks of ‘1’ or ‘2’ required by some courses

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of ‘3’ or higher in Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Maths.

Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

The Gulf

Students who have studied the Tawjihiyah/Thanawiya amma (General Secondary Education Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Turkey

For students taking the Anadolu Lisesi (Anatolian High School Diploma) or Fen Lisesi (Science High School Diploma), will typically require a pass mark of higher than 80%,

Students taking the Lise Bitirme Diplomasi, will be considered for first year entry on a case by case basis.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Uganda

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. The Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) is also acceptable with grades equivalent to the typical A Level offer requirements.

English language studied within the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

United Arab Emirates

Students who have studied the Tawjihiyah/Thanawiya amma (General Secondary Education Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

United States of America

For students studying in the American education system, typical offers for entry onto undergraduate level courses are based on obtaining between 3.2 and 3.8 in the High School Diploma along with achievement in Advanced Placement Exams (from our approved list) or SAT II Subject Specific Tests. We would typically require between ‘4, 4, 4’ and ‘5, 5, 5’ in 3 AP exams from our approved list below or between ‘650, 650, 650’ and ‘750, 700, 700’ in 3 SAT subject tests.

Approved List of AP Exams:

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Physics (as half courses B and C)
  • English Literature and Composition
  • English Language and Composition
  • French Language
  • French Literature
  • German Language
  • Italian Language and Culture
  • Latin Literature
  • Latin: Vergil
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • European History
  • United States History
  • World History

Applicants who have taken 2 AP Exams from the above list and at least 2 other AP Exams will normally be considered but are advised to contact their chosen Department in advance. We also welcome applications from students who are studying 3 IB Higher Level Certificates alongside the High School Diploma.

Where courses have an A Level maths requirement, it would be necessary for applicants to achieve a high mark in AP Calculus BC. For programmes that require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of ‘570’ or higher in SAT I Math.

To satisfy English language requirements, we normally ask for a score of ‘610’ in SAT I Evidence-Based Reading/Writing although some programmes have higher requirements. 

If you have completed the High School Graduation Diploma without taking AP Exams, SAT subject tests or IB Higher Level subjects, you may be eligible for our International Foundation programme.

Vietnam

Students who have studied the Bằng Tốt Nghiệp Phổ Thông Trung Học  will need to complete an appropriate Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

The University uses contextual data in the admissions process to provide insights into the context in which your academic qualifications have been achieved. This may influence the typical offers listed above.

Tuition fees for 2018 entry

UK / EU fees

Full-time course per annum
£9,250
Placement year
£TBC

International fees

Full-time course per annum
£16,400
Placement year
£TBC

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by installment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Fees for the 2019-20 academic year have not yet been confirmed. We have included fees for 2018-19 as a guideline and will update our website with the new fees as soon as they become available. You should prepare for inflationary increases to fees in future years of study.

Additional costs

There may be additional costs related to completion of your research project (dissertation). Depending on the topic you choose to research and the nature of the project there may be travel costs, field expenses and postage costs that you will need to meet.

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Career Support Services

Your time at Loughborough University will form a launchpad from which you can build an exciting career. With so many opportunities available, you’ll never be short of ways to improve your employability.

Our award-winning Careers Network team is here to help and support you, offering everything from CV workshops, one-to-one advice sessions and mock interview practice sessions to high-profile employer events. We’ve got everything you need for a really successful future.

I was always able to reach for new opportunities at Loughborough and this has taught me to become a person who sees the potential in every situation, seeking out opportunities in the workplace where I can make a difference.

Heidi Prager Politics with International Relations BA (Hons)

Companies students have worked for after graduating

Recent graduate destinations of students from the department include: Accenture; Childreach International; Jaguar Landrover; Informa; The CBI; The European Commission; Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme.

Our students