Natural Sciences with a Foundation Year at Loughborough University - UCAS

Course summary

This course is primarily for candidates who have not studied the prerequisite subjects needed for first year entry, or have not met their expected entrance requirements due to adverse situations, or because of their previous sport performance commitments, as well as mature students returning to education or care leavers. Our Foundation Studies programme at Loughborough is designed to help a range of students realise their university ambitions. Our streamed approach enables you to progress on to one of multiple courses within your chosen stream – giving you further time to decide which course is right for you. The foundation programme would suit: Students who have not studied the prerequisite subjects needed for first year entry on a preferred course; Students who did not meet the expected entrance requirements due to adverse situations (including illness or caring responsibilities); Mature students or care leavers; Students performing at elite athlete level who have the added challenge of combining study with high-level sporting competition. As a student on the course, you will be a full member of the University, enjoying access to the Students’ Union, clubs, societies, sports facilities and support departments, and the outstanding student experience Loughborough University offers.  This course is placed within either the Life Sciences stream or Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences stream depending on your chosen subject areas. For Chemistry and Biology major, this course is placed in the Life Science stream. Foundation courses in the Life Sciences stream include: Biological Sciences with a Foundation Year Chemistry with a Foundation Year Geography with a Foundation Year Human Biology with a Foundation Year For maths and physics major, this course in placed in the Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences Stream. Foundation courses in this stream include: Aeronautical Engineering with a Foundation Year Automotive Engineering with a Foundation Year Bioengineering with a Foundation Year Chemical Engineering with a Foundation Year Civil and Architectural Engineering with a Foundation Year Computer Science with a Foundation Year Electronic and Electrical Engineering with a Foundation Year Materials with a Foundation Year Mathematics with a Foundation Year Mechanical Engineering with a Foundation Year Natural Science with a Foundation Year (maths or physics major) Physics with a Foundation Year Product Design and Technology with a Foundation Year Sport Technology with a Foundation Year Why complete a foundation year Completing a foundation year within the Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences Stream will enable you to progress onto the first year of our Natural Sciences or any course, provided the relevant progression criteria are met. 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 pathway have also said how beneficial it was to them in supporting their transition into university life. Our foundation course is taught in-house by university staff. The Foundation Studies course also offers the opportunity for students performing at a very high standard in their chosen sport, looking to join one of our sporting performance programmes, who wish to study at Loughborough, but do not have the required qualifications. It is ideal for students who wish to combine their performance sports training with academic study. If you think your sport profile qualifies you to be considered for the elite athletes programme, please contact [email protected]before applying. 


For a full list of areas studied, see the 'What You'll Study' section of the course page on our website.

Assessment method

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 to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

International students: We are pleased to be working with ONCAMPUS Loughborough to deliver the Undergraduate Foundation Programme (UFP). International students can apply directly for the Undergraduate Foundation at

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Loughborough accepts a wide range of qualifications for entry as outlined on our website This information details the general requirements and should be read in conjunction with the information given for each course.

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Additional entry requirements


Applications are treated on a case by case basis and a number of other personal situations may also be considered. Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application, but in exceptional cases, an interview and/or maths test may be required. 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.

English language requirements

All applicants are required to demonstrate that they have an appropriate level of English language. For full details of the acceptable English language requirements see our website.

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

The fees stated above are for the 2024/25 academic year; fees for 2025/26 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 instalment. 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.
Natural Sciences with a Foundation Year at Loughborough University - UCAS