Undergraduate study


Physics with an International Foundation Year


Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
Foundation studies 1 year (foundation course) F35Y BBB - CCC 01 October 2018

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Physics with an International Foundation Year

Physics 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.
Physics with an International Foundation Year enables entry on to any of the following courses offered by Loughborough University:

During the year you will undertake core modules in English, Physics and Applicable Mathematics, and select optional modules from a range of subjects, including Business, Biology, Engineering, Chemistry, Psychology and Programming.

Loughborough international foundation programme is very competitive and is aimed at academically able international students. For details of the typical entry requirements, listed by country, see our international website.


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.

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.

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.


  • English language
  • Applicable Mathematics
  • Physics

Plus one option from:

  • Chemistry
  • Programming with Electronics
  • Programming with Design
  • Psychology with Sociology
  • Materials with Engineering Science
  • Biology
  • Business

Please note: Students who have already met the University department’s required level of English with a local qualification (such as WAEC) may be exempt from taking English Language modules as part of the foundation year, pending confirmation from their department. They would instead choose from a list of other available academic modules


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: lab 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.

F35Y Physics with an International 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. Minimum grade B/6 in Mathematics GCSE if A level Mathematics not taken.

Loughborough international foundation programme is very competitive and is aimed at academically able international students. For details of the typical entry requirements, listed by country, see our International website.


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: F35Y