Undergraduate study


Chemistry with a Foundation Year


Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
Foundation studies 1 year (foundation course) F104 BBB-CCC 01 October 2018


for student satisfaction for Chemistry

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of employed graduates in professional or managerial roles

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in UK for satisfaction with teaching in Chemistry

Chemistry with a Foundation Year

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

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

During the year you will undertake core modules in Chemistry and Mathematics, as well as options from other subject areas, including Biology, Physics and Sport Science.

Completing a foundation year can be a real attribute to your overall degree success. It not only opens doors to courses that may have previously looked closed, but also provides a sound base on which to establish a successful academic career. Many who have completed the foundation year have also said how beneficial it was to them in supporting their transition into University life.


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

Applications are treated on a case by case basis and a number of other personal situations may also be considered. Please contact us for more information.

Elite Athletes Programme

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 performancesport@lboro.ac.uk before applying.


Opened in 2017, STEMLab acts as a hub for Science and Engineering students, providing a truly student-focused laboratory learning environment.

For Chemistry students, STEMLab provides two brand new, state-of-the-art laboratories designed primarily to allow students to explore and appreciate the principles of physical and inorganic chemistry. Within the space there are 7 fume cupboards and laboratory benches to facilitate a range of different experiments. STEMLab also provides a new Microscopy Suite including facilities for chemical analysis.

Specialist instruments and equipment includes: 400 MHz, 500 MHz and solid-state NMR spectrometers, single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, a high resolution inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer, sector field organic MS, GC-MS and linear ion trap LC-mass spectrometers, ion mobility spectrometers, gas and liquid chromatographs.

In addition to STEMLab, Chemistry teaching laboratories in the Sir David Davies Building are currently being refurbished and will bring expansive teaching space for students in 2018.

Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, our 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.

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

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


  • Chemistry

Plus one module from:

  • Applicable Mathematics
  • Statistical Mathematics

One module from:

  • Physics
  • Sport Science
  • Economics

One module from:

  • Materials with Engineering Science
  • Biology
  • Business


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

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

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

The information above 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

F104 Chemistry with a Foundation Year - Foundation studies

32 - 28 points overall
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD - DMM
A minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A to C (7 - 4) are normally required, including Mathematics


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.

Department / School Key Information Sets

Foundation studies 1 year (foundation course)

UCAS code: F104