International Foundation in Architecture

Introduction

Overview

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 study

This program is available to study on campus only.

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

Award

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

Teaching

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

16

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 23 June 2023

£18,925


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

£18,925


Modules

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

Progression

P
 =  Placement option available
A
 =  Study abroad option available

Degree subject

Final level %

English level %

Additional requirements

Architecture-BSc (Hons)

ABB

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)

BBC

B overall with a minimum of D in all subskills

BBC + GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent


Planning, Environment and Development-BSc (Hons)

BBC

B overall with a minimum of grade D in all components

BBC + GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent


Start Dates September January
Program length 3 Terms

Entry requirements

Age requirement

16

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 2023 start
(3 Terms)

Mon 18 September 2023 - Fri 15 December 2023
Mon 8 January 2024 - Fri 22 March 2024
Mon 25 March 2024 - Fri 21 June 2024


January 2024 start
(3 Terms)

Mon 8 January 2024 - Fri 22 March 2024
Mon 25 March 2024 - Fri 21 June 2024
Mon 24 June 2024 - Fri 30 August 2024


Progression

P
 =  Placement option available
A
 =  Study abroad option available

Degree subject

Final level %

English level %

Additional requirements

Architecture-BSc (Hons)

ABB

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)

BBC

B overall with a minimum of D in all subskills

BBC + GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent


Planning, Environment and Development-BSc (Hons)

BBC

B overall with a minimum of grade D in all components

BBC + GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent