International Foundation in Engineering and Science - Accelerated

The Accelerated International Foundation in Engineering and Science provides an accelerated route towards Year One entry of your chosen undergraduate degree in areas such as Engineering, Mathematics, Computing and Science.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

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

What is special about the programme?

The Accelerated International Foundation combines academic study, study skills and cultural orientation - all that is necessary for successful university study, all in an abbreviated course designed for exceptional students. You'll benefit from professional support and guidance with university applications, as well as receive the highest levels of personal care and support.

You'll also benefit from:

  • a conditional offer of a place on the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree at Queen's University Belfast
  • a range of practical and theoretical work, both individually and as part of a group
  • internationally recognised laboratory facilities

Who should apply for the International Foundation programme?

This is an accelerated course.  If you received your English results or academic marks later in the year, this programme allows for a March start date and progression in September of the same year.  This is a condensed program and you should be a good student, ready to move through your foundation programme quickly.  You should apply for this course if you have completed secondary school education in your home country. The Accelerated 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

This module will help you develop your independent study skills and confidence in academic English. It will focus on the four key areas of competence – reading, writing, listening and speaking – with a particular emphasis on high-level academic writing skills. The module material will be integrated with the material you will study in your subject modules.

You'll learn techniques for:

  • listening to lectures
  • taking notes
  • delivering presentations
  • summarising and paraphrasing
  • academic writing and conventions such as referencing

Foundation Mathematics for Engineering and Science

This module introduces you to some of the important mathematical concepts and tools used in science and engineering. You'll 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
  • an introduction to statistics

Foundation Biology

In this module you will develop your understanding of biological structures and processes, considering different levels of organisation from sub-cellular to systems levels. You'll study topics such as:

  • cellular structure and energy generation
  • the classification, reproduction and development of living organisms
  • DNA replication and cell division and the genetics of inheritance
  • evolution and human physiology
  • plant biology, ecology and diversity

This module includes laboratory and project work that will complement your theoretical studies.

Foundation Chemistry

You will develop an understanding of chemical principles and processes in preparation for a degree in the physical sciences, engineering or biological sciences. This module covers:

  • the concepts of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry
  • basic atomic and molecular structure
  • the classification of organic compounds and their reactions
  • energy, enthalpy, dynamic equilibria and reaction kinetics
  • the properties of gases and liquids
  • the impact of chemistry on society, the economy and the environment

This module includes laboratory and project work designed to complement your theoretical studies.

Foundation Physics

This module will provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts and mathematics of physical science required for studying physical sciences or engineering at degree level.

You'll study topics in:

  • mechanics, materials and structures
  • electrical and electromagnetic fields
  • the interrelationship between atomic structure and the properties of matter
  • how to apply these concepts to the analysis of mechanical, electrical and thermal problems

Further Mathematics for Engineering and Science

Gain a deeper understanding of the mathematics required in engineering and some science-based disciplines. You'll study a range of topics 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.


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.

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.

To find out more about country specific entry requirements contact us now.

English requirements:

IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 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 level you can apply for our Academic English course.


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
March 2018 start
(2 terms)

Term 1: Thu 01 Mar 2018 to Fri 27 Apr 2018 

Term 2: Mon 07 May 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018 



Tuition fees do not include:

  • text books and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £210 per academic course
  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)


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.

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 following undergraduate degrees at Queen's University Belfast:

Biomedical Sciences

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

BSc (Hons) Human Biology


BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering**

MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering**

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**

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering**

MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering**

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**

BEng (Hons) Computer Science**

BSc (Hons) Computer Science**

MEng (Hons) Computer Science**

BSc (Hons) Mathematics

MSci (Hons) Mathematics and Computer Science

MEng (Hons) Software Engineering


BSc (Hons) Applied Mathematics and Physics

BSc (Hons) Archaeology-Palaeoecology

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry**

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences**

MSc (Hons) Biological Sciences

BSc (Hons) Chemistry**

MSci (Hons) Chemistry 

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

BSc (Hons) Psychology

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.

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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