Our Economics with an International Foundation Year course is designed for high-calibre international students who have not studied the pre-requisite subjects needed for first year entry or those that have successfully completed 12 years of school education, and need an extra year of 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.
Economics with an International Foundation Year enables entry into the first year of your chosen degree course, provided the relevant progression criteria are met.
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.
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. During the year you will undertake core modules in English, Economics and Business, and either Applicable Mathematics or Statistical Mathematics. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.
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.
Why you should choose us
What you'll study
When you come to study a foundation year, you will have a number of core and optional modules. The modules you choose, will determine your pathway once you've completed this course so it's worth speaking to your tutor. For subsequent undergraduate course modules, see individual course pages.
The information below is intended as an example only, featuring module details for the current year of study. Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes – revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information.
How you'll be assessed
Foundation modules are assessed via 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 and peer review (review fellow students’ performance). 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.
How you'll study
- Independent study
- Group work
Elite athlete pathway available
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 email@example.com before applying.
The International Foundation Programme (IFP) 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.
A mixture of subject-specific modules, classes in academic English language and study skills and one-to-one tutorials prepares students for university study.
Where you'll study
As a student here at Loughborough University, you'll have access to a wide range of first-class facilities across campus.
To learn more about the qualifications we typically accept, please select your country from the drop-down menu below.
Typical offers for United Kingdom
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 Maths
The typical offers and subject requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entry requirements which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative UK and international qualifications and minimum English language requirements.
The University uses contextual data in the admissions process to provide insights into the context in which your academic qualifications have been achieved. This may influence the typical offers listed above.
Tuition fees for 2019 entry
UK / EU fees
- Full-time course per annum
- Full-time course per annum
The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by installment.
While the cost of your tuition covers lots of things, it doesn’t cover everything. For instance this course doesn’t cover the cost of any stationary, printing, books or re-assessments which you might need.