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International Foundation in Architecture

Prepare for direct entry to Year 1 of a professionally accredited undergraduate degree in Architecture or Planning, Environment and Development at Queen's University Belfast.

Course features

  • Develop the knowledge and skills for your chosen degree through a specialist pathway.
  • Guaranteed university placement for all successful students. Find out more about our money back guarantee.
  • Benefit from smaller class sizes than at university, meaning you'll have more time with your teachers.
  • Adapt to studying in the UK thanks to university-style teaching for subject-based modules.
  • Guidance with your university applications, so you choose the best degree for you.
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Develop both your academic knowledge and English language skills in just nine months.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and no less than 4.5 in all other subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 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 the June intake for the Extended course, students must be 16 before registering at the Centre. For all other start dates, students must be 16 years old by 01 September of the preceding calendar year. Therefore have turned 17 before 01 September of the year they progress to university.

Academic requirements:

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades. All students must hold a GCSE grade 4/C Mathematics or equivalent.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at Queen's you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth up to £2,500.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.


Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
17 September 2018 7 June 2019 3 Terms £16,635
7 January 2019 23 August 2019 3 Terms £16,635
23 September 2019 5 June 2020 3 Terms
-
6 January 2020 21 August 2020 3 Terms
-

Class information

Class hours:

20 hours per week on average

Class size: 16
Class duration:
  • English classes per week: 8 hours (including 1 hour tutorial)
  • Subject module classes per week: 8-10 hours (2-4 hours individual directed study outside of timetable)

Morning and afternoon classes are held Monday to Friday between 09.00 - 18.00 excluding bank holidays.


Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following degrees:
Featured progression degree

If you’re inspired by creativity and design, a degree in Architecture is the ideal choice.

In this exciting degree, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of history and theory, technology and environment, and professional practice of architecture. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn through design-based projects, develop research methods and build your critical thinking skills.

From design strategies to the importance of architectural communication, you’ll learn a wide range of interesting and practical skills to take forward into your career.


What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2018/19 academic year.

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.
Study one (or more) term(s) of English before continuing on to your academic pathway programme. Perfect if you need to improve your English level by 0.5 IELTS point.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

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

5 Terms: IELTS 4.0 (with a minimum of 4.0 in all subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 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 the June intake for the Extended course, students must be 16 before registering at the Centre. For all other start dates, students must be 16 years old by 01 September of the preceding calendar year. Therefore have turned 17 before 01 September of the year they progress to university.

Academic requirements:

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades. All students must hold a GCSE grade 4/C Mathematics or equivalent.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at Queen's you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth up to £2,500.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.


Dates and prices

Choose your:
Start date:
Course length:

Class information

Class hours:

20 hours per week on average

Class size: 16
Class duration:
  • English classes per week: 8 hours (including 1 hour tutorial)
  • Subject module classes per week: 8-10 hours (2-4 hours individual directed study outside of timetable)

Morning and afternoon classes are held Monday to Friday between 09.00 - 18.00 excluding bank holidays.


Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following degrees:
Featured progression degree

If you’re inspired by creativity and design, a degree in Architecture is the ideal choice.

In this exciting degree, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of history and theory, technology and environment, and professional practice of architecture. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn through design-based projects, develop research methods and build your critical thinking skills.

From design strategies to the importance of architectural communication, you’ll learn a wide range of interesting and practical skills to take forward into your career.


What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2018/19 academic year.

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.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and no less than 4.5 in all other subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 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 the June intake for the Extended course, students must be 16 before registering at the Centre. For all other start dates, students must be 16 years old by 01 September of the preceding calendar year. Therefore have turned 17 before 01 September of the year they progress to university.

Academic requirements:

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades. All students must hold a GCSE grade 4/C Mathematics or equivalent.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at Queen's you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth up to £2,500.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
17 September 2018 7 June 2019 3 Terms £16,635
7 January 2019 23 August 2019 3 Terms £16,635
23 September 2019 5 June 2020 3 Terms
-
6 January 2020 21 August 2020 3 Terms
-

Class information

Class hours:

20 hours per week on average

Class size: 16
Class duration:
  • English classes per week: 8 hours (including 1 hour tutorial)
  • Subject module classes per week: 8-10 hours (2-4 hours individual directed study outside of timetable)

Morning and afternoon classes are held Monday to Friday between 09.00 - 18.00 excluding bank holidays.

Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following degrees:
Featured progression degree

If you’re inspired by creativity and design, a degree in Architecture is the ideal choice.

In this exciting degree, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of history and theory, technology and environment, and professional practice of architecture. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn through design-based projects, develop research methods and build your critical thinking skills.

From design strategies to the importance of architectural communication, you’ll learn a wide range of interesting and practical skills to take forward into your career.

What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2018/19 academic year.

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.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

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

5 Terms: IELTS 4.0 (with a minimum of 4.0 in all subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 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 the June intake for the Extended course, students must be 16 before registering at the Centre. For all other start dates, students must be 16 years old by 01 September of the preceding calendar year. Therefore have turned 17 before 01 September of the year they progress to university.

Academic requirements:

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades. All students must hold a GCSE grade 4/C Mathematics or equivalent.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at Queen's you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth up to £2,500.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.

Dates and prices

Choose your:
Start date:
Course length:

Class information

Class hours:

20 hours per week on average

Class size: 16
Class duration:
  • English classes per week: 8 hours (including 1 hour tutorial)
  • Subject module classes per week: 8-10 hours (2-4 hours individual directed study outside of timetable)

Morning and afternoon classes are held Monday to Friday between 09.00 - 18.00 excluding bank holidays.

Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following degrees:
Featured progression degree

If you’re inspired by creativity and design, a degree in Architecture is the ideal choice.

In this exciting degree, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of history and theory, technology and environment, and professional practice of architecture. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn through design-based projects, develop research methods and build your critical thinking skills.

From design strategies to the importance of architectural communication, you’ll learn a wide range of interesting and practical skills to take forward into your career.

What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2018/19 academic year.

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.
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