Undergraduate study


Sport with a Foundation Year for Elite Athletes

Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
Foundation studies 1 year (foundation course) C6FY BBC 01 October 2018


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Sport with a Foundation Year for Elite Athletes

Sport with a Foundation Year is available to 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. It is ideal for students who wish to combine their sports training with academic study.

Sport with a Foundation Year enables entry into our sport science and sport management-related degree courses for students that are classed as elite athletes by our performance sport centre and have not got the qualifications required for direct entry.

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 allows you to progress onto any of the following:

During the year you will undertake core modules in Sport Science and options from subjects including Biology, Mathematics and Chemistry.

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.

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 heavily discounted gym membership in addition to access to our extensive sports and training facilities, where possible.


Students who are eligible for this course:

  • Students competing in their sport at junior international level or higher (or expecting to do so in the next 12 months) who wish to study at Loughborough, but do not have the required qualifications due to sporting commitments

Applications are treated on a case by case basis and dependent on the applicant’s academic and sporting achievements. Please contact us for more information. If you think your sport profile qualifies you to be considered for the elite athletes programme, please contact performancesport@lboro.ac.uk before applying.

Our foundation course is taught in-house by University staff. As a student on the course you will be a member the University, with full 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.


  • Sport Science

Plus one option from:

  • Statistical Mathematics
  • Applicable Mathematics

An option from:

  • Chemistry
  • Psychology with Sociology

An option 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, 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

C6FY Sport with a Foundation Year for Elite Athletes - Foundation studies

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 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: C6FY