Psychology with a Foundation Year (Elite Athlete Pathway) at Loughborough University - UCAS

Loughborough University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: British Psychological Society

Psychology with a Foundation Year (Elite Athlete Pathway)

Course summary

Psychology with a Foundation Year is only available to 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 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 performing at elite athlete level who have the added challenge of combining study with high-level sporting competition.
At Loughborough, we recognise that elite athletes can find their demanding training and competition schedules challenging to manage alongside their academic studies. As a university, we have a long-standing reputation for supporting students to succeed in both their academic studies and their sporting career. As a performance programme athlete studying at the UK’s top sporting university, you will benefit from coaching and performance support, providing a unique opportunity to continue your progression in both your academics and sport. 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 the Sport Science stream which is one of our four Foundation streams. Foundation courses in this stream include:
  • Psychology with a Foundation Year
  • Sport with a Foundation Year
Why complete a foundation year
  • Completing a foundation year within the Sport Science Stream will enable you to progress onto the first year of our Psychology 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
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. 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. Loughborough also accepts a wide range of international qualifications for entry as outlined on our website Loughborough 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 outlined in the information given for each course.

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Additional entry requirements


This course enables entry into our Psychology degree courses for students that are classed as elite athletes by our performance sport centre and have not got the qualifications required for direct entry. Applicants are treated on a case by case basis and are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application and their sporting achievements, but in exceptional cases, an interview may be required. If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to 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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £23000 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £23000 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.
Psychology with a Foundation Year (Elite Athlete Pathway) at Loughborough University - UCAS