International Foundation in Business, Humanities and Social Sciences

The International Foundation combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the first year of a university degree at Queen's University Business School.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • full university status
  • a quality assured university programme
  • a campus based programme with access to university facilities

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 necessary for successful university study.

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
  • professional support and guidance with university applications
  • multiple start dates
  • the highest levels of personal 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?

Core modules:

English Language and Study Skills

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.

 

 

Specialist modules:

Foundation Economics

In this module you will learn about the main theoretical models and concepts used in macro and micro-economics and their application in the study of 'real world' economic situations.

Foundation Politics and International Relations

This module is designed to help you develop a critical awareness of the relationships and interactions between nation states and the function, operation and evolution of transnational organisations such as the United Nations, the European Union and the World Trade Organisation.

Foundation Business Studies

This module is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of the key features of business and management and the standard conduct of business in the UK. You will study models of management and the external environment in which UK businesses operate and will be introduced to a range of key concepts in areas such as marketing, leadership, organisation structure, accounting and finance, human resource management and corporate strategy.

Foundation Mathematics for Business, Humanities and Social Sciences

This module introduces a range of mathematical and statistical techniques that have broad application in business, humanities and social science disciplines. You will study key mathematical concepts and notations, learn to manipulate numerical and algebraic expressions and be introduced to the basic techniques of statistics, probability and set theory. You will also study topics in differential and integral calculus, trigonometry, correlation, linear regression and time series analysis.

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Foundation Mathematics for Engineering and Science

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 science and engineering. You will cover topics such as linear equations and matrices, quadratic equations, expansions, sequences and series, indices, functions and transformations, differential and integral calculus, trigonometric identities, vectors, numerical methods and an introduction to statistics.

Further Mathematics for Engineering and Science

This module provides a deeper understanding and stronger background in areas of mathematics required in engineering and some science-based disciplines. You will study a range of topics which complement and extend those studied on the Foundation Mathematics module including: coordinate geometry, exponentials, further differential and integral calculus, complex numbers, statistics and probability theory. The application of mathematical concepts and models to problems in engineering and science will be emphasised throughout the module.

If you choose to study Further Mathematics for Engineering and Science you must take Foundation Mathematics for Engineering and Science. Otherwise, if you choose a mathematics module you must study Foundation Mathematics for Business, Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

How will I be assessed?

Progress is monitored by continuous assessment of coursework and by the use of class tests. The final grade for each unit is based on a mixture of coursework and end-of-course examinations.

Assessment will be by:

  • Coursework (prepared assignments, unit tests, experimental reports, computer use).
  • Mid-course and end-of-course examinations.
  • Formal assessment of levels and progress in English is through NCUK's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme.

 

Assured progression

Successful completion of the International Foundation will guarantee you a place on an undergraduate degree course at Queen's University Belfast.

Assured progression depends on:

  • Passing all the subject modules with the grades required by your intended degree.
  • Passing the English for Academic Purposes module with at least a C - you may need a higher grade depending on your intended degree.

How do I qualify?

 

Academic requirements:

You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) 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 no less than 4.5 in all other subskills) or equivalent.

Four-term: IELTS 4.5 (with a minimum of 4.5 in writing and no less than 4.0 in all other subskills) or equivalent.

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

 

From 6 April 2015, 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 requirements you should apply for English for University Study.

Age:

16 years and above*

*All students commencing courses for the September start date must be 16 years old by 01 September of that calendar year. For all other Foundation intakes after 01 September, including the Extended Foundation, students must be 16 by 01 September of that academic year.

When can I start?

 

Start date Term dates Fees
January start (3 term)

Term 1: Mon 11 Jan 2016 to Fri 18 Mar 2016

Term 2: Mon 04 Apr 2016 to Fri 10 Jun 2016

Term 3: Mon 13 Jun 2016 to Fri 26 Aug 2016

£14,265
April start (5 term)

Term 1: Mon 11 Apr 2016 to Fri 17 Jun 2016

Term 2: Mon 27 Jun 2016 to Fri 02 Sep 2016

Term 3: Mon 26 Sep 2016 to Fri 16 Dec 2016

Term 4: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 17 Mar 2017

Term 5: Mon 20 Mar 2017 to Fri 09 Jun 2017

£23,595
June start (5 term)                

Term 1: Mon 27 Jun 2016 to Fri 02 Sep 2016

Term 2: Mon 26 Sep 2016 to Fri 16 Dec 2016

Term 3: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 17 Mar 2017

Term 4: Mon 20 Mar 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017

Term 5: Mon 19 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017

£23,595
June start (4 term)

Term 1: Mon 27 Jun 2016 to Fri 02 Sep 2016

Term 2: Mon 26 Sep 2016 to Fri 16 Dec 2016

Term 3: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 17 Mar 2017

Term 4: Mon 20 Mar 2017 to Fri 09 Jun 2017

£19,295
September start (4 term)

Term 1: Mon 26 Sep 2016 to Fri 16 Dec 2016

Term 2: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 17 Mar 2017

Term 3: Mon 20 Mar 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017

Term 4: Mon 19 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017

£19,295
September start (3 term)

Term 1: Mon 26 Sep 2016 to Fri 16 Dec 2016

Term 2: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 17 Mar 2017

Term 3: Mon 20 Mar 2017 to Fri 09 Jun 2017

£14,995
January start (3 term)

Term 1: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 17 Mar 2017

Term 2: Mon 20 Mar 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017

Term 3: Mon 19 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017

£14,995

 Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an addiitonal charge of £150 per academic programme
  • text books and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £260 per academic course (3 term), £340 per academic course (4 term), £420 per academic course (5 term)

 

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.

When is the Christmas break?

Teaching finishes on Fri 16 Dec 2016 and resumes on Mon 09 Jan 2017.

 

Where will it take me?

Our 100% progression guarantee:

We guarantee to find you a 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.


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

Accounting, Economics, Management and Finance

BSc (Hons) Accounting

BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science and Risk Management**

BSc (Hons) Business Economics

BSc (Hons) Business Management

BSc (Hons) Economics

BSc (Hons) Economics and Accounting

BSc (Hons) Economics with Finance

BSc (Hons) Finance**

Law

LLB (Hons) Law

LLB (Hons) Law with Politics

Humanities and Social Sciences

BA (Hons) Archaeology

BA (Hons) Criminology

BA (Hons) Film Studies

BA (Hons) International Politics and Conflict Studies

BA (Hons) Philosophy

BA (Hons) Politics

BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

BA (Hons) Social Anthropology

BA (Hons) Sociology

BSc (Hons) Sociology with Quantitative Methods

** Indicates courses where a sandwich year is optional or where it is normally a required element of the degree programme, but international students can be exempted from it. Students undertaking a year of professional experience (sandwich year) do not need a work permit as long as the placement is in the UK. Students who do not take the year of professional experience are transferred to an equivalent programme without the extension 'with Professional Experience' in the title.