International Foundation in Architecture



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

On campus and online study options
This program is available to study either on campus or online – giving students the flexibility to choose what’s best for them.

If your student starts online, they’ll have the opportunity to transfer to an on-campus program the following term. They’ll need to meet any visa requirements and demonstrate good attendance and performance during their studies online.

If your student applies for an Online Extended program, they’ll be offered an Online Academic English plus online or on-campus academic pathway study plan.

Key information

  • Progress to Year 1 of a professionally accredited undergraduate degree.
  • Prepare your art portfolio during the programme.
  • Learn from a qualified and highly experienced architect.
  • Develop self-evaluation skills through weekly informal critiques of work produced in class.
  • Learn in classes set up as workshops, and have the opportunity to draw and make detailed models.

Fast facts

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.

Class Size

Maximum class size for English language teaching 16


International Foundation Certificate (RQF Level 3) from Queen's University Belfast.


Teaching methods

  • Lectures.
  • Seminars.
  • Workshops.
  • Group projects and presentations.
  • Practical exercises.
  • Field trips.

Why Queen's University Belfast?

  • 100% of BSc (Hons) Architecture students are in a professional or managerial role within six months of graduating.
  • Progress to a degree recognised as a Part 1 qualification by RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects).
  • Receive portfolio guidance from the University’s School of Natural and Built Environment.

Student success

100% Passed
88% Eligible

Take a look at our student progression results in International Foundation in Architecture for 2018-19.

Passed: % of those who completed their pathway

Eligible: % eligible to progress to Queen's University Belfast of those who passed

Start Dates September January
Program length 3 Terms

Entry requirements

Age requirement


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.

English language entry requirements

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

Dates & fees

September 2022 start
(3 Terms)

Mon 19 September 2022 - Fri 16 December 2022
Mon 9 January 2023 - Fri 24 March 2023
Mon 27 March 2023 - Fri 16 June 2023

January 2023 start
(3 Terms)

Mon 9 January 2023 - Fri 24 March 2023
Mon 27 March 2023 - Fri 16 June 2023
Mon 19 June 2023 - Fri 25 August 2023


A total of 120 credits must be earnt to successfully complete the pathway programme.

Term 1 modules

Credit value

English Language and Study Skills

30 Credits

Practical Skills for Art Portfolio

30 Credits

Principles of Architectural Design and Practice

30 Credits

Term 1 specialist modules

Credit value

Foundation Mathematics

30 Credits

Foundation Politics and International Relations

30 Credits


 =  Placement option available
 =  Study abroad option available

Degree subject

Final level %

English level %

Additional requirements

Architecture-BSc (Hons)


B overall with a minimum of C in Speaking and Listening and grade D in Reading and Writing

GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent plus evidence of artistic ability.

Geography-BSc (Hons)


B overall with a minimum of D in all subskills

BBC + GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent

Planning, Environment and Development-BSc (Hons)


B overall with a minimum of grade D in all components

BBC + GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent