International Foundation in Engineering and Science

The Foundation combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the first year of a university degree in areas such as Biomedical Sciences, Computing, Engineering, Mathematics, Nursing and Midwifery, and Science.

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 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 (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 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.

 

 

Specialist modules:

Foundation Physics (30 credits)

You will study topics in mechanics, materials, structures and electronics and develop an understanding of the interrelationship between atomic structure and the properties of matter. You will also study how to apply these concepts to the analysis of mechanical, electrical and thermal problems.

Foundation Chemistry (30 credits)

You will develop an understanding of the concepts of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry and study topics such as: basic atomic and molecular structure, classification of organic compounds and their reactions, energy, enthalpy and dynamic equilibria, reaction kinetics, the properties of gases and liquids and the impact of chemistry on society the economy and the environment.

Foundation Biology (30 credits)

In this module you will develop your understanding of biological structures and processes and consider different levels of organisation in living systems from sub-cellular to cellular to organism and systems level.

Further Mathematics for Engineering and Science (30 credits)

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.

 

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.

 

Assured progression

Successful completion of the International Foundation will guarentee 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.

 

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 the 01 September, including Extended Foundation, students must be 16 by 01 September of that academic year.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees
January 2017 start (3 terms)

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
March 2017 start (5 terms)

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

£24,095
June 2017 start (5 terms)                 

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

£24,095
June 2017 start (4 terms)

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

£19,795
September 2017 start (4 terms)

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

£19,945
September 2017 start (3 terms)

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

£15,495
January 2018 start (3 terms)

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

£15,495

 

Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme
  • text books and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £270 per academic course (3 term), £350 per academic course (4 term), £430 per academic course (5 term)
  • an additional £400 per year fee to cover the use of laboratory facilities

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.

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:

Biomedical Sciences

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

BSc (Hons) Human Biology

Engineering

BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering**

MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering**

BSc (Hons) Architecture

BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering**

MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering**

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering**

MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering**

BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering**

MEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering**

MEng (Hons) Environmental and Civil Engineering**

MPlan European Planning

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering**

MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering**

BSc (Hons) Planning, Environment and Development

BEng (Hons) Product Design Engineering**

MEng (Hons) Product Design Engineering**

BEng (Hons) Software and Electronic Systems Engineering**

MEng (Hons) Software and Electronic Systems Engineering**

MEng Structural Engineering with Architecture**

Mathematics and Computing

BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology**

BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Technology**

BEng (Hons) Computer Science**

BSc (Hons) Computer Science**

MEng (Hons) Computer Science**

BSc (Hons) Mathematics

MSci (Hons) Mathematics

Bsc (Hons) Mathematics and Computer Science

MSci (Hons) Mathematics and Computer Science

BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Finance

BEng (Hons) Software Engineering

MEng (Hons) Software Engineering

Nursing and Midwifery

BSc (Hons) Midwifery Sciences***

BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing***

BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing***

BSc (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing***

BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing***

Science

BSc (Hons) Applied Mathematics and Physics

MSci (Hons) Applied Mathematics and Physics

MSci (Hons) Archaeology

BSc (Hons) Archaeology-Palaeoecology

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry**

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences**

MSc (Hons) Biological Sciences

BSc (Hons) Chemistry**

MSci (Hons) Chemistry 

BSc (Hons) Environmental Management

MSci (Hons) Food Science and Food Security

BSc (Hons) Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition**

MSci (Hons) Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition

BSc (Hons) Geography

BSc (Hons) Marine Biology

MSci (Hons) Marine Biology

BSc (Hons) Medicinal Chemistry**

MSci (Hons) Medicinal Chemistry

BSc (Hons) Microbiology**

MSci (Hons) Microbiology

BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Sciences

MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy

BSc (Hons) Physics

MSci (Hons) Physics

BSc (Hons) Physics with Astrophysics

MSci (Hons) Physics with Astrophysics

BSc (Hons) Physics with Medical Applications

MSci (Hons) Physics with Medical Applications

BSc (Hons) Psychology

BSc (Hons) Theoretical Physics

MSci (Hons) Theoretical Physics

BSc (Hons) Zoology**

MSci (Hons) Zoology

** Indicates courses which are offered with and without a Sandwich year option; or where a Sandwich year is normally a required element of the degree programme, but international students can be exempt 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.

***Progression to Midwifery Sciences and Nursing cannot be guaranteed. Progression will depend on the availability of placements and will be based on the normal selection criteria used by the School of Nursing and Midwifery. All applicants are required to have an overall EAP grade A, with grade A in each test component.