Foundation Studies

Our range of Foundation courses enable entry on to a wide selection of Loughborough University degree courses for students that have not studied the correct subjects, the wrong level or not quite achieved the qualifications either due to adverse situations or required due to their sporting commitments, mature students returning to education or care leavers.

Why study a Foundation course at Loughborough?

Our foundation courses are well-established integrated programmes and taught by highly qualified staff with significant experience in teaching students from a diverse range of backgrounds. We will provide the fundamental skills needed to progress on to Loughborough degree courses.

I chose the foundation course at Loughborough so that I could gain the skills and experience needed to make an informed decision on what path to take next. It has given me the confidence to pursue my ideas and interests further.

Rosa Art and Design Foundation Studies

From day one, you'll be part of the Loughborough Family

From day one, students on a foundation course become members of Loughborough University, giving them full access to all the facilities, support services, clubs and societies on offer. Completing a foundation year can provide a real boost to overall degree success and excellent preparation for the transition into university life.

Guaranteed entry* onto your chosen undergraduate course

Foundation students are guaranteed entry on to their chosen undergraduate course, provided that the relevant progression requirements set by their destination department are met*.

There are loads of exciting career prospects

Previous foundation year students have secured jobs in a range of national companies after graduation, including Ferrari, Boots, Johnson Matthey, Lloyds Banking Group, Jaguar Land Rover, Signalling Solutions Ltd, AML Technologies and Ford Motor Company.

We have foundation courses specifically for elite athletes

Our foundation courses also offer opportunities to 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 those 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 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, too.

Aeronautical Engineering
Automotive Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Science
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Engineering Management
Human Biology
Manufacturing Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Natural Sciences
Product Design Engineering
Social Sciences
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Sport and Exercise Science
Sport Management

*Defined as competing at junior international level or higher, or expecting to do so in the next 12 months.

We have foundation programmes for international students (International Foundation Programme)

This 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, and classes in academic English language and study skills prepares students for university study.

We consider each application on a case by case basis

Applications are treated on a case by case basis and a number of personal issues may be considered. For example, if you are a mature student returning to education, a care-leaver, you did not meet your expected entrance requirements due to adverse situations and those with alternative backgrounds and qualifications.