Mathematics with an International Foundation Year (IFP) Foundation studies

4-6 years full-time (Foundation year + Undergraduate course + Optional placement year)

Typical offer
BBB - CCC Entry requirements
Fees
UK: N/A
International: £20,750
UCAS code
G1FY
Start date
3 October 2022
Institute code
L79

Overview

This course is primarily 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.

Completing a foundation year will enable you to progress onto the first year of a Mathematics degree course, provided the relevant progression criteria are met

Our international  foundation course is taught in-house by University staff, including specialist Foundation teaching staff. As a student on the course you will be a full member of 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, labs and tutorials. During the year you will undertake modules in Applicable Mathematics, Physics, Materials with Engineering Science and a choice of Physics, Materials with Engineering Science, Programming with Electronics or Programming with Design, Psychology with Sociology, Chemistry, Biology and Economics 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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Why you should choose us

What you'll study

The Foundation Programme is integrated into your degree and prepares you for degree-level study in a supportive learning environment. Our modules are taught by University academics who have significant experience of teaching in Higher or Further Education, pursue research in innovation in e-learning and help to shape the National Foundation Year Network policies.

When you come to study a foundation programme, you will have both compulsory and optional modules (which are pathway dependant) that prepare you for your chosen degree subject. These are taught within the same high tech University spaces as those studying undergraduate degrees. 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.

Applicable Mathematics 1

The aims of this module are: - to provide an introduction to post-GCSE mathematics; - to develop confidence in, and competence at, applying basic mathematical techniques.

Applicable Mathematics 2

The aims of this module are:

  • to provide an introduction to post-GCSE mathematics;
  • to develop confidence in, and competence at, applying basic mathematical techniques.

Foundation Year Physics 1

The aims of the module are to enable the student to gain knowledge of and skills in physics at a level suitable for entry into a STEM degree programme.

Foundation Year Physics 2

The aims of the module are to enable the student to gain knowledge of and skills in physics at a level suitable for entry into a STEM degree programme.

Basic Microeconomics

The aims of this module are to provide an introduction to basic micro-economics; to recognise the principles in everyday events; and to develop academic essay writing skills applicable to economics.

Basic Macroeconomics

The aims of this module are to provide an introduction to basic macro-economics, to apply the theory to everyday events and to develop basic research and reporting skills.

Chemistry 1

The aims of this module are to:

  • introduce the fundamental concepts of inorganic and physical chemistry;
  • develop technical and analytical skills in a chemistry laboratory;
  • foster appropriate scientific inquiry and reporting methods

Chemistry 2

The aims of the module are to:

  • introduce the fundamental concepts of organic chemistry and synthesis and to develop technical skills in a synthetic chemistry laboratory;
  • introduce the fundamental concepts of core spectroscopic methods such as mass spectrometry, UV-visible spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy and IR spectroscopy

Introduction to Psychology

The aims of this module are to provide students with an understanding of core areas of psychology (cognitive, biological, developmental), and of some of the key psychological concepts and theories associated with these.

Sociology

The aims of this module are to:

  • provide students with an introduction to some of the classical thinkers in sociology (e.g., Marx, Weber, Durkheim)
  • provide students with an introduction to some of the main areas of concern for sociologists such as family change, gender, social class, race and ethnicity.
  • provide students with the concepts, skills and knowledge to understand social issues such as inequality.
  • provide students with an understanding of the processes of socialisation and social control.

Introduction to Programming

The aim of this module is to give students the basic knowledge of procedural programming using Python, emphasising scientific applications where appropriate.

The Creative Designer: An Introduction to Design Practice

The aims of this module are:

  • To provide an introduction to the core stages of the product design development process
  • To develop confidence and competence in applying fundamental design principles in an imaginative and creative manner to enable the undertaking of higher education in product design.

Introduction to Circuits and Electronics

The aim of the module is to introduce students to a range of common electronic and electrical components. Develop circuit analysis skills. Develop understanding of key concepts found in the fields of analogue and digital electronics.

Biology 1

The aims of this module are to:

  • introduce the fundamental concepts of the human biological system
  • understand the causes and effects of disease
  • foster appropriate scientific enquiry and presentation methods

Biology 2

This module introduces the fundamental concepts of plants, ecosystems, variation, genetics and classification.

Materials and Materials Processing

The aims of this module are:

  • provide a fundamental understanding of the structures and properties of the main types of materials
  • give an insight into the way that these structures and properties of materials can be controlled and how these determine material applications
  • provide an introduction to selected material manufacture processes

Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering)

The aims of this module are:

  • to stimulate an interest in mechanical engineering by giving an insight into how mathematical and physical principles are applied to solve the practical problems.
  • to provide a fundamental understanding of the basic principles in physics and mechanics and be able to use those in solving problems.

Business Finance

The aims of this module are to enable students to draw up financial statements from given data, to introduce basic theory relating to financial aspects in the business, and to familiarise students with the practical application of financial information, not usually covered at A-level.

Introduction to Marketing

The aims of this module are to introduce students to the basic concepts relevant to marketing and to awaken creative skills needed for the marketing world.

English Language Skills for Academic Study 1

The aims of this module are to:

  • introduce key features of English language for academic purposes and academic literacy and study skills essential for study on an undergraduate degree programme.
  • introduce basic aspects of academic culture, as well as standard university practices, conventions, and expectations.
  • the module establishes a foundation to be built upon in the English Language Skills for Academic Study 2 module.

English Language Skills for Academic Study 2

The aims of this module are to:

  • develop, extend and refine the academic English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills acquired in English Language Skills for Academic Study 1 module
  • enable students to further improve their academic English
  • further develop students' study skills, understanding and knowledge of academic conventions and expectations in preparation for undergraduate study

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Workshops
  • Laboratory work
  • Practical sessions

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.

 

Elite athlete pathway available

Our foundation programme now also offers the opportunity for students performing at a very high sporting level who are looking to join one of our performance programmes and study at Loughborough, but do not have the required qualifications due to sporting commitments.

The Elite Athlete Foundation Programme is ideal for students who wish to combine their sports training with academic study. We generally define ‘elite athlete level’ as competing at junior international level or higher, or expecting to do so within the next 12 months.

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

International Programme

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is an integrated programme designed for high-calibre international students who want to do a degree at Loughborough University and have successfully completed 12 years of school education, and therefore need an extra year of study prior to starting their Loughborough course.

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 at Loughborough University, you'll have access to a wide range of first-class facilities across campus.

STEMLab is a state-of-the-art laboratory facility which opened in 2017. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools, which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub which the foundation students may use depending on module choice.

Entry requirements

To learn more about the qualifications we typically accept, please select your country from the drop-down menu below.

General entry requirements

The entry 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.

General entry requirements

Contextual admissions

The University’s admissions process uses contextual information to provide insights into the context in which your academic qualifications have been achieved. This may influence the typical offers listed below.

Contextual admissions

United Kingdom

A-Level

BBB - CCC

IB

32 - 28 points overall

BTEC

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD-DMM

GCSE

A minimum of 5 GCSEs grades 7 - 4 (A to C) are normally required. Minimum grade 7/A in Mathematics

Preferred subjects

BTEC: Science or Engineering BTEC preferred

Selection

Mathematics with an International Foundation Year is 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. 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.

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. If applicants are made an offer of a place they will be invited to visit the department, meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

*If you think your sport profile qualifies you to be considered for the elite athletes programme, please contact performancesport@lboro.ac.uk before applying.

Tuition fees for 2022 entry

UK fees

Full-time course per annum
N/A

International fees

Full-time course per annum
£20,750

The UK fees stated above may be subject to change following government review. We will update this information as soon as it is available. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to take into account inflationary pressures. Please note that the fees stated above are for the foundation year only. Please see individual course pages for subsequent fee information.

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 instalment.

Additional costs

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 stationery, printing, books or re-assessments which you might need.