Foundation Studies

Our range of Foundation Studies courses enables entry on to a wide selection of Loughborough University degree courses for students that have not studied the correct subjects, or not quite achieved the qualifications required.

Why choose Foundation Studies at Loughborough?

Our foundation courses are well-established and taught by highly qualified staff, providing the fundamental skills needed to progress on to Loughborough degree courses.

I chose the foundation course at Loughborough so that I could gain the skills and experience needed to make an informed decision on what path to take next. It has given me the confidence to pursue my ideas and interests further.

Rosa Art and Design Foundation Studies

From day one, you'll be part of the Loughborough Family

From day one, students become members of Loughborough University, giving them full access to all the facilities, support services, clubs and societies on offer. Completing a foundation year can provide a real boost to overall degree success and excellent preparation for the transition into university life.

Guaranteed entry* onto your chosen undergraduate course

Foundation students are guaranteed entry on to their chosen undergraduate course, provided that the relevant progression requirements set by their destination department are met*.

Exciting career prospects

Previous foundation year students have secured jobs in a range of national companies after graduation, including Ferrari, Boots, Johnson Matthey, Lloyds Banking Group, Jaguar Land Rover, Signalling Solutions Ltd, AML Technologies and Ford Motor Company.

We also offer a specialist range of courses for our elite athletes and a full range of courses for our international students.

We have foundation courses specifically for elite athletes

Our Foundation Studies courses also offer opportunities to 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 those who wish to combine their sports training with academic study. 

As an elite athlete or elite level coach studying at the UK’s top sporting university, you will benefit from a package of excellent coaching, expert strength and conditioning, sport medicine support and discounted gym membership in addition to access to our extensive sports and training facilities, where possible. Tailored individual support and further development opportunities are available, too.

Elite athletes can progress to degree courses in the following subject areas:

  • Accounting
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Business
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Finance
  • Geography
  • Human Biology
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Product Design Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sport Management 

Continuation on to these degree courses is guaranteed by achievement of the subject specific progression criteria. If you think your sport profile qualifies you to be considered for this course, please contact.

...and international students (International Foundation Programme)

This 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, and classes in academic English language and study skills prepares students for university study.