International Year One in Accounting

Providing entry into Year 2 of a degree in Accounting at Queen's University Belfast, this course combines academic study with intensive English language preparation and study skills.

Why apply for the International Year One programme?

  • a quality-assured NCUK (Northern Consortium United Kingdom) accredited programme
  • full university status
  • 90% of our Accounting graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation
  • Accounting and Finance at Queen's is ranked 3rd in the UK (The Times and The Sunday Times University Guide 2016)

There are three course options:

  • International Year One (3 terms) - this is the standard option
  • Extended International Year One (4 terms) - this option features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support
  • Extended International Year One (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 Year One combines academic study, intensive English language preparation, study skills and cultural orientation - all that is needed for university success.

You will also benefit from:

  • a campus-based programme with access to university facilities
  • professional support and guidance with university applications
  • the highest levels of personal care and support
  • discuss placement and graduate opportunities at the annual Accounting Mini Fair

Who should apply for the International Year One programme?

The International Year One is suitable for international students who have completed A-levels or a recognised International Foundation programme, or who are already in the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree in their home country, but do not meet the academic or English language requirements for direct entry to Queen's University Belfast.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

 

Core modules:

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (20 credits)

This module will give you the language proficiency and academic study skills you will need to embark on the second year of an undergraduate course in a British university.

 

Specialist modules:

Accounting Information Systems (10 credits)

This module looks at how accountants obtain and interpret information about an organisation's financial activities, as well as understanding, developing, maintaining and improving accounting information systems.

Introduction to Financial Accounting (20 credits)

This module provides a foundation in the theory and practice of financial accounting. You will be introduced to the importance of financial accounting in terms of its definition, role and key concepts.

Introduction to Legal Study and Basic Contract Law (10 credits)

This module provides an understanding of the main principles of contract law such as contracts for the sale of goods, consumer credit contracts and contracts of employment. You will also examine commercial law such as the law of agency, the banker/customer relationship and the employer/employee relationship.

Introduction to Management Accounting (20 credits)

This module provides a foundation in the theory and practice of management accounting. You will study the role of management accounting systems within the wider context of organisational information systems and problem solving with techniques such as short-term costing decisions, uncertainty and limited resource constraints, long-term capital expenditure decisions and budgeting.

Mathematics for Statistics and Business (20 credits)

In this module you will learn to apply mathematical and statistical methods to business data and gain knowledge and understanding of the basic tools used to solve a range of practical problems in business.

Principles of Economics (20 credits)

This introductory economics module is designed to provide you with an understanding of fundamental economic theory and equip you with a real understanding of the role of economics in business, public and private decision-making.

 

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 Diploma programme. Whilst grades in the International Diploma 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
  • oral presentations
  • interviews
  • written examinations.

Assessment of academic modules will be based on:

  • written assignments
  • group project work
  • oral presentations
  • written examinations.


Teaching methods

You will have the opportunity to learn how to use a computerised accounting software, write statistics and financial reports, improve your presentation skills and expand your subject-specific vocabulary.

Assured conditional progression

Students who successfully complete the International Year One programme and achieve the required grades will be guaranteed conditional entry to the second year of a degree in either BSc (Hons) Accounting or BSc (Hons) Economics with Accounting at Queen's University Management School.

How do I qualify?

 

Academic requirements:

Two 'D' grades from a UK A-level board, a recognised foundation, first year of an overseas university degree programme or equivalent with good grades.

All students must hold a GSCE grade B in Mathematics or equivalent

For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us

English requirements:

Three term: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, and writing and no less than 5.0 in any other subskill) or equivalent

Four term: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in reading and writing and no less than 4.5 in any other subskill) or equivalent

Five term: IELTS 4.5 (with a minimum of 4.5 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.

 Age:

 16 years and above

All students commencing courses for the September start date must be 17 years old by 31 December of that calendar year. For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old on the published start date of the course.

When can I start?

 

Start date Term dates Fees
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: £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 second year of the following undergraduate degrees at Queen's University Belfast:

BSc (Hons) Accounting
BSc (Hons) Economics and Accounting
 
Joint 4th in the UK for Accounting and Finance
(The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017)
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