Economics with an International Foundation Year Foundation studies

1 year full-time

1 year full-time

Typical offer
UCAS code
Institute code
Start date
30 September 2019
UK / EU fee
International fee

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.


Economics 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.

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.

Economics with an International Foundation Year enables entry into the first year of your chosen 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, Economics and Business, and either Applicable Mathematics or Statistical Mathematics. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.

Language modules will build your confidence with the English language. In addition, you will benefit from our University Library, IT services, Mathematics Learning Support Centre and wide range of health and welfare services, including tailored support for international students.

Loughborough international foundation programme is very competitive and is aimed at academically able international students. 

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Why you should choose us

What you'll study

When you come to study a foundation year, you will have a number of 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.

Economics Core


Business Core


English Language Core

English Language

Statistical Mathematics Optional

Statistical Mathematics

Applicable Mathematics Optional

Applicable Mathematics

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 before applying.

International Programme

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

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

30 points overall
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM
A minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A to C (7 - 4) are normally required, including 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.

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

International fees

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.

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

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.