Foundation studies

Elite athletes

A top sporting university

Join a university with a unique sporting heritage - and outstanding sport facilities

Designed for elite athletes

Combine your sport training and competition with your academic career

Excellent benefits

World-class coaching and training facilities - and discounted gym membership

A wide range of study options

Progress on to Loughborough University courses in science, engineering, sport science, human biology, psychology, social science, business and economics

At Loughborough, we recognise that elite athletes can find their demanding training and competition schedules challenging to manage alongside their academic studies without the underpinning support to be able to achieve in both areas. Our foundation programme now also offers the opportunity for 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.

Our Elite Athlete pathway has been designed for 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.

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.

Tailored individual support and further development opportunities are available through our performance sport programme.

In addition to the main Foundation Programme courses, elite athletes can also progress on to a range of degree courses we offer in the following subject areas:

Continuation on to these degree courses is guaranteed by achievement of the subject specific progression criteria. 

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.

If you think your sport profile qualifies you to be considered for the elite athletes programme, please contact before applying.