Loughborough College International Foundation Programme


Program Description

Loughborough College has been running an International Foundation Programme for over 12 years. For the past 6 years, this programme has been a dual-partnership with Loughborough University. We will be returning to having ownership of the programme again in 2017 whilst still retaining close links to the university.

The Loughborough College International Foundation Programme is designed for international students who have good end of school grades but are in need of an extra year of study before beginning their university studies in the UK.

Special emphasis is placed on subject specific tuition to prepare students for their chosen degree programme, as well as developing the study skills needed for success in an independent learning environment.



We have a proven track record of delivering outstanding programmes. In the past, over 70% of our students progressed to a top 20 UK university and over 85% progressed to a top 30 UK university, with the majority progressing to Loughborough University.


Loughborough College is pleased to offer a number of prestigious international scholarships for 2017 entry. Partial tuition fee waivers of 20% (£2,250) are available to international students. Demand for scholarships may be greater than supply; to maximise your chances, apply for the Loughborough College International Foundation Programme as early as you can. We will advise you if you are awarded a scholarship along with your offer letter.


There are two levels of Academic English Language classes available, as well as IELTS Support for those who need it, helping you to make the most of your studies in the UK.


Choose a pathway tailored towards your chosen degree programme which contains suitable modules for progression. All modules also use online support to help you study, revise and achieve the best grades you can.


Stay in fantastic student accommodation on the College campus and only minutes away from Loughborough’s lively town centre.


Become a member of Loughborough Students’ Union, voted Number 1 for student experience, and get involved with over 90 sporting clubs and societies.


Your Progress Tutor will take a special interest in your academic development, helping you to plan your work, offering advice on university, and guiding you through the UCAS application process.


Study in our brand-new, £14-million teaching and learning space. Enjoy access to some of the best sporting facilities in the UK. Whether you are an elite athlete, a keen amateur sportsperson or a complete beginner, we have the facilities and support to help you enjoy the active side to your studies whilst in Loughborough.


Our dedicated International Team are here to support you before you arrive and throughout your time in the UK. Whether it is registering with a doctor, helping liaise with family back home or giving recommendations of great places to visit, we are here to help.


Loughborough has fantastic rail and air links: be in London or Paris in an hour and a half! A compact, traditional market town with excellent cycle routes and bus links, it is easy to get around, and Loughborough has everything that you need from large high-street stores to small independent shops.


Loughborough College International Foundation Programme students can be confident that, throughout their studies, they will receive high-quality academic teaching, guidance from a Progress Tutor, and ongoing help and advice from an experienced International Team. Other study benefits include:

  • teaching staff who are experienced in supporting learners throughout the transition to study in the UK
  • the opportunity to study with students from all over the world
  • support to develop both the language and study skills needed for success at university in the UK
  • study through seminars, lectures, group work, independent research, and laboratory work

All Loughborough College International Foundation Programme students undertake a comprehensive induction, which introduces them to their course, the College, the surrounding area, and living in the UK, through a variety of activities and events. This enjoyable and informative experience ensures that students quickly settle into the College, whilst also providing an ideal opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.


Every international student at Loughborough College is assigned a dedicated Progress Tutor who takes a special interest in their academic development, helping them to plan their work and offering advice on further study. Progress Tutors undertake regular reviews to make sure that students are progressing on their course and achieving their targets. If students have any problems with their course, their Progress Tutor will support them by liaising with other College staff and Tutors. They will try to help resolve any issues related to the student’s academic programme of study, as well as personal issues which may be affecting their progress.

At the start of the programme, students meet with their Progress Tutor to discuss study plans, timetables, the structure of the Loughborough College International Foundation Programme, and life at the College. The Progress Tutor also guides and supports students during their UCAS application and specialist advice is given to assist students in making their university choices and deciding which course is best for them.


The Loughborough College International Foundation Programme is a flexible learning experience, offering both intermediate and higher level Academic English Study (AES) classes, as well as a great selection of subject-specific modules. The programme consists of four key elements:

1. Academic English Study

These classes help students to develop the skills essential for success at university, including note-taking, researching, extended writing, presenting, and summarising.

2. Subject-specific modules

These focus on equipping students with the foundation level subject knowledge required to progress on to more specialised study at university. Written and developed over many years specifically with international students in mind, they will help you learn all of the essential subject knowledge for your university study.

3. Tutorials

Progress Tutors work closely with students throughout the programme, supporting them in their academic development and monitoring their progress. They offer advice in regular meetings, helping students to apply through UCAS for university and ensuring that they receive the best possible education during their time at the College.

4. IELTS support

English language tutors are on hand to support those students who need to improve their IELTS score before starting their degree programme. You will study 3 hours of IELTS per week, intensively and have access to the British Council’s Road to IELTS software, which is free to our students providing an additional 120 hours of study material.

Length of programme: Two semesters of 12 weeks teaching.

1 Introduction week for both Semesters. 2 Revision Weeks.

Exam period over 2 weeks.


The subject-specific modules selected will depend on the individual student’s chosen degree programme and its entry requirements. Students are required to take 8 modules in total and each module is worth 15 credits. The entire course therefore consists of 120 credits. Each module contains 150 Guided Learning Hours (GLH).

Students will choose their pathway, which contains some compulsory and some optional modules. These modules have been selected as the most suitable for progression, maximising their eligibility for their undergraduate subject choice.

  • Each module consists of 150 Guided Learning Hours, which is divided between tutorials, lectures, seminars, practical classes or guided independent study as appropriate to the module.
  • All students study 4 modules per 12-week semester. Each module consists of 4.5 hours of in-class contact time per week, totalling 18 hours per week.
  • IELTS lessons will be an additional 3 hours per week for those students with less than 6.5 overall.


An Academic IELTS for UKVI score of 5.0 overall, with no less than 4.5 in each part.

  • Five C grades or above at GCSE or O level
  • Maths is required for either Business Maths or Applicable Maths modules
  • A relevant Science is required for either Physics, Chemistry or Biology modules.
  • Three C grades or above at AS level
  • Equivalent to DDD at A level

Applications would be welcomed from students who have successfully completed other high school qualifications. Please contact the International Office for further advice.


The programme aims to prepare students for Higher Education and for the different kinds of assessment that they can expect to encounter at a university in the UK. Learning is assessed through a combination of coursework assignments and end-of-module examinations. Some modules rely entirely on coursework assessments; whereas others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end-of-module examinations. Examinations take place at the end of Semester 1 (January) and Semester 2 (June); whereas coursework deadlines occur regularly throughout the academic year.

Coursework assignments range from summations and extended essays to presentations, research projects, and laboratory reports. Students receive full support during classes and tutorials in preparation for their assessments and are also helped to develop the planning and time management skills required to succeed in them.

Each module on the Loughborough College International Foundation Programme is marked using the following grading criteria:

Pass Merit Distinction
40 - 59% 60 - 69% 70% +


  • Business Pathway
  • Science & Engineering Pathway
  • Sports Pathway
  • Computing, Communication & Media Pathway
Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

Established in 1909, we're proud of our long-standing reputation for providing excellent levels of high-quality teaching and training across Leicestershire.

Established in 1909, we're proud of our long-standing reputation for providing excellent levels of high-quality teaching and training across Leicestershire. Read less