International Foundation in Architecture

The International Foundation incorporates academic study, English language teaching and study skills, preparing you for entry into your first year of an undergraduate degree in Architecture at Queen's University Belfast.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

There are three course options:

  • International Foundation (3 terms) - this is the standard option
  • Extended International Foundation (4 terms) - this option features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support
  • Extended International Foundation (5 terms) - this option features two additional terms of English at the beginning for extra language support, with lower English language entry requirements

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What is special about the programme?

The International Foundation combines academic study, intensive English language preparation, study skills and cultural orientation - all that is needed for university success.

  • Practical workshops help you to prepare your art portfolio. 
  • Learn from a qualified architect.
  • Local field trips and possibility of field trips to other parts of the UK.
  • Progress to a degree in Architecture, recognised as a Part 1 qualification by RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects).

You will also benefit from:

  • a conditional offer of a place on the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree at Queen's University Belfast
  • small class sizes and high levels of contact time
  • the highest levels of pastoral care and support

Who should apply for the International Foundation programme?

You should apply for this course if you have completed secondary school education in your home country. The International Foundation programme provides academic preparation for first year entry and ensures that you meet the minimum English language requirement for entry to your chosen undergraduate degree programme at Queen's. Successful completion of this programme will also allow you to apply for entry to other universities in the UK.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

English Language and Study Skills (30 credits)

This module is designed to help you develop your skills and confidence in academic English for university study and develop the four key areas of competence: reading, writing, listening and speaking with a particular emphasis on high level academic writing skills.

Foundation Mathematics for Engineering and Science (30 credits)

This module assumes an elementary background in mathematical concepts and skills and introduces you to some of the important mathematical concepts and tools used in engineering and science. You will cover topics such as linear equations and matrices, quadratic equations and remainder theorum, sequences and series, indices, functions and transformations, trigonometric functions and identities, vectors, numerical methods and an introduction to statistics.

Practical Skills for Art Portfolio (30 credits)

The module offers students guidance on the practical steps to prepare an art portfolio, its content, design and structure. This module includes practical workshops on different styles of presentation, drawings and modelling techniques such as freehand sketches, colour drawings, painting and photography.

Principles for Architectural Design and Practice (30 credits)

This module is designed to help students to gain a basic understanding and practice of the principles of architecture as a design practice with creative processes and as a profession with technical and standard regulations and procedures.

 

How will I be assessed?

Entry to all undergraduate degrees at Queen's University is highly competitive and students hoping to study at undergraduate level must maintain high standards throughout their International Foundation programme. 

Whilst grades in the International Foundation programme do not count towards your undergraduate degree, your performance will be used to determine whether you meet the criteria for entry to your chosen undergraduate degree programme at the University.

Assessment is both formal and informal, designed to help students build on their successes and meet requirements for entry to postgraduate study.

Assessment of English language and communication skills will be based on:

  • written assignments
  • research journals
  • lecture listening tasks
  • oral presentations
  • examinations in all four skills

Assessment of academic modules will be based on:

  • written assignments
  • group project work
  • art portfolio
  • written examinations.

Teaching methods

During the Foundation programme, you will be taught by a qualified architect and receive guidance on your portfolio from the University's School of Architecture. To enhance your learning experience outside the classroom, there are local field trips and the possibility of field trips to other parts of the UK.

How do I qualify?

 

Academic requirements: Completed 12 years of schooling with good grades.

 

For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us.

English requirements:

Three term: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and a minimum of 4.5 in all other subskills) or equivalent

Four term: IELTS 4.5 (with a minimum of 4.5 in writing and a minimum of 4.0 in all other subskills) or equivalent

Five term: IELTS 4.0 (with a minimum of 4.0 in all subskills) or equivalent

The Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

If you do not meet the minimum English language level you can apply for our Academic English course.

When can I start?

 

Start date Term dates Fees
March 2017 (5 term)

Term 1: Mon 27 Mar 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017

Term 2: Mon 26 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017

Term 3: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

Term 4: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 5: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

£24,595
June 2017 start (5 term)

Term 1: Mon 26 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017

Term 2: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 01 Dec 2017

Term 3: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 4: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

Term 5: Mon 11 Jun 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018

£24,595
June 2017 start (4 term)

Term 1: Mon 26 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017

Term 2: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

Term 3: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 4: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

£20,295
September 2017 start (4 term)

Term 1: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 01 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 3: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

Term 4: Mon 11 Jun 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018

£20,445
September 2017 start (3 term)

Term 1: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

£15,995
January 2018 start (3 term)

Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 2: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

Term 3: Mon 11 Jun 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018

£15,995

 

Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: £150 per academic programme
  • text books and other learning materials: an additional charge of £270 (three term), £350 (four term) or £430 (five term) per academic course

 

Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

What's the difference between the 3, 4 and 5 term course?

The 4 and 5 term courses have additional terms of English language tuition at the beginning and will typically have a lower English language entry requirement.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post. Find out more about how to apply.

Where will it take me?

This course leads to the first year of the following undergraduate degrees at Queen's University Belfast:

BSc (Hons) Architecture*

BSc (Hons) Planning, Environment and Development

*Progression to BSc (Hons) Architecture is dependent upon passing the Foundation programme, meeting the required grades, producing an art portfolio and performing successfully at an interview at QUB School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering.


Our conditional progression guarantee

We guarantee to find you a conditional place to study on an appropriate degree and university if you successfully complete your International Foundation programme, follow professional advice offered by INTO staff and meet minimum attendance requirements.

As a successful pathway student, you’ll have access to a number of university progression options. Each progression option will follow a specific pathway and specific requirements for both English/study skills and overall grade. You’ll also find some courses have specific requirements, such as:

  • successfully completing an interview;
  • having previously studied a relevant discipline;
  • having previously completed a degree; or
  • having IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in English language.
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