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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||1 October 2018|
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org before applying.
The Department is well-equipped for the study of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry with a range of specialist equipment including 400 MHz, 500 MHz and solid-state NMR spectrometers, single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, gas and liquid chromatographs, and ion-mobility spectrometers.
STEMLab is a £17 million investment in new state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. It is part of a wider £25 million investment in the West Park of our campus which includes the adjacent student learning and teaching hub.
Opening this year, STEMLab contains new engineering, physics, chemistry, materials and bio laboratories forming a truly cutting-edge learning facility.
This outstanding new space allows us to offer new ways to learn and collaborate – such as the ‘Ideas Factory’ that provides space for cross-disciplinary collaboration. STEMLab boasts a range of high-quality modern facilities, including, for example, a ‘drop-in’ engineering workshop alongside teaching laboratories across STEM subjects, workshops, computer-aided design and rapid prototyping facilities, a design studio and informal leaning spaces.
These enhanced facilities further increase our ability to train and develop skilled graduates that are targeted by major employers from across the world.
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.
Plus one module from:
- Applicable Mathematics
- Statistical Mathematics
One module from:
- Sport Science
One module from:
- Materials with Engineering Science
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
- BBB - CCC
- 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.
Course fees 2017/18
UK/EU fee: £9,250 | International fee: £16,000
Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.
Department / School Key Information Sets
Foundation studies 1 year (foundation course)
UCAS code: F104