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Undergraduate Foundation Programme (UFP)

This one-year programme offers successful students guaranteed progression* to Loughborough University.  

Who is this programme designed for? 

This programme is designed to prepare international students, who have completed senior secondary education, for entry to undergraduate studies at Loughborough University. The IFP is set at level 3, which is equivalent to A-level standard in the UK. 

*Guaranteed progression is subject to meeting the specified criteria for your progression degree. 

How long will I study for? 

The two semester programme lasts one academic year [nine months]. Each semester includes, on average, 13 teaching weeks, one reading week and one assessment week. If your English Language level is below the requirements for the 2 semester option, you will take an additional term of English Language study before starting this programme. On average, you will undertake 21 (and up to 25) hours of classroom-based study per week. 

English Language forms up to six hours of your timetable, is compulsory for students who are below the required level for progression, and will be integrated into the teaching of academic subjects as well as being taught separately if you need additional support. Students who are at or above the required English level for progression are likely to follow a reduced timetable. 

Students will be expected to timetable self-study hours in addition to the classroom-based hours. 

What will I study? 

This programme includes English and three academic subject modules. English will be integrated into the teaching of academic subjects, as well as being taught separately if you need additional support to develop your English language. 

There are five academic pathways to choose from and you will study the pathway most suited to your chosen progression degree. Academic skills relevant to the specific subject area will be taught to fully prepare you for university study. The pathways are: Business, Economics, Finance and Management; Engineering & Physical Sciences; Humanities & Social Sciences; Life Sciences and Art and Design

The options available for your chosen pathway at ONCAMPUS Loughborough are shown below: 


  • Economics and Finance or Business Behaviours
  • Advanced Mathematics for Business and Finance 
  • Skills for Business 


  • Pure Mathematics 
  • Physics or Chemistry* 
  • Skills for Science and Engineering


  • Globalisation and International Relations 
  • Human Interactions 
  • Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences 


  • Biology for Life Sciences 
  • Chemistry for Life Sciences or Pure Maths*
  • Skills for Science 


  • Art Practice and Creative Design (double weighted module)
  • Contextual Studies

Note: Modules are subject to availability and you will be guided onto the best combination of academic modules for your intended degree when you arrive at ONCAMPUS Loughborough. 

*option based on progression degree 

How will I be assessed? 

You will be assessed at regular intervals throughout the programme to ensure you are making the progress required to successfully complete the programme. Full assessment of the programme will take place in the final semester. Assessment methodologies are aligned to those that will be experienced in the University environment, and include project work, essays, presentations and unseen 

Programme details:

Course length: 2 semesters
Age: 17. Students must be 18 at the start of the intended progression degree 
Hours per week: up to 21

Dates and Fees:

Dates Number of semesters Business, Humanities, Life Sciences and Art & Design tuition fee Engineering & Physical Sciences tuition fee Progressing to undergraduate degree starting in

September Intake
25 September 2023 -
21 June 2024

2 £21,500 £22,600 September 2024

January Intake
29 January 2024 -
30 August 2024

2 £21,500 £22,600

September 2024

All programmes are subject to a £300 registration fee and a £2,200 deposit which is offset against the last semester's fees. An Under 18 Supplement applies to all students under the age of 18 at the start of their programme.

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