Civil Engineering with an International Foundation Year is a one-year course designed for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education, and therefore need an extra year of study for UK undergraduate study. 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.
Special emphasis is placed on subject-specific tuition to prepare students for their chosen degree course, as well as developing the study skills needed for success in an independent learning environment.
Civil Engineering with an International Foundation Year enables entry on to our Civil Engineering degree course, provided the relevant progression criteria are met.
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.
As a student on the International Foundation Programme you will receive high quality teaching from renowned Loughborough University academics, and be supported throughout your studies by an academic tutor. During the year you will undertake core modules in English, Applicable Mathematics plus options from Chemistry or Engineering. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.
Loughborough international foundation programme is very competitive and is aimed at academically able international students.
Why you should choose us
What you'll study
When you come to study a foundation year, you will have both core and optional modules. The modules you choose, will determine your pathway once you've completed this course so it's worth speaking to your tutor.
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.
Students who meet the required English Language requirements for Civil Engineering will be exempt from taking English Language modules as part of the Foundation Year, pending confirmation from their School/Department. They would instead take both Chemistry and Engineering.
How you'll be assessed
Foundation 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, presentations, assessed tutorials, workshops and peer review (review fellow students’ performance). 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.
Elite athlete pathway available
The Foundation Studies course also offers the opportunity for students performing at a very high standard in their chosen sport, who wish to study at Loughborough, but do not have the required qualifications due to sporting commitments.
It is ideal for students who wish to combine their sports training with academic study. If you think your sport profile qualifies you to be considered for the elite athletes programme, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before applying.
The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one-year course designed for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education, and therefore need an extra year of study for UK undergraduate study.
A mixture of subject-specific modules, classes in academic English language and study skills and one-to-one tutorials prepares students for university study.
Where you'll study
You'll have access to a wide range of first-class facilities
STEMLab is a brand-new state-of-the-art laboratory facility. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools, which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub.
STEMLab allows us to offer new ways to learn and collaborate, with a ‘drop-in’ engineering workshop, teaching laboratories, workshops, computer-aided design and rapid prototyping facilities, a design studio and informal learning spaces.
These enhanced facilities further increase our ability to train and develop skilled graduates that are targeted by major employers from across the world.
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To learn more about the qualifications we typically accept, please select your country from the drop-down menu below.
Typical offers for United Kingdom
- 34 overall from 6 subjects, with either no Maths or 5 in SL Maths
- BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma : DDD with Distinctions in both Engineering Principles and Calculus to solve Engineering Problems
- A minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A to C (7 - 4) are normally required Minimum grade B/6 in Maths
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.
Only available to applicants who have not taken A-Level Mathematics.
Engineering BTEC must include Engineering Principles and Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems
Civil Engineering with an International Foundation Year is a one-year course designed for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education, and therefore need an extra year of study for UK undergraduate study. 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.
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*
- 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
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.
* If you think your sport profile qualifies you to be considered for the elite athletes programme, please contact email@example.com before applying.
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
- Placement year
- Full-time course per annum
- Placement year
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.
While the cost of your tuition covers lots of things, it doesn’t cover everything. For instance this course doesn’t cover the cost of any stationary, printing, books or re-assessments which you might need.
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