International Foundation in Engineering and Science

Introduction

Overview

Preparing students for direct entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree in a range of subjects including Biomedical Sciences, Computing, Engineering, Nursing, and Science 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 and is then able to travel to the UK, they’ll be able to transfer to an on-campus program in January or March/April 2022. 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 wide range of undergraduate degrees at Queen's University Belfast.
  • Benefit from a range of practical and theoretical work both individually and as part of a group.
  • Carry out ecology investigations.
  • Make use of internationally recognised laboratory facilities.
  • Learn from subject lecturers on the programme who are qualified to PhD level.
  • Take part in an annual Biology Field Trip to an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Fast facts

Class duration

  • English classes per week: 8 hours (including 1 hour tutorial)
  • Subject module classes per week: 12 hours
  • Total typical hours per week: 20

Students taking the accelerated 2-term programme:

Semester 1

  • English classes per week: 6 hours, plus 6 hours online learning
  • Subject module classes per week: 18 hours, plus 6 hours online learning
  • Total typical hours per week: 32

Semester 2

  • English classes per week: 8 hours (including 1 hour tutorial)
  • Subject module classes per week: 12 hours
  • Total typical hours per week: 20

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?

  • All degrees are accredited by the relevant professional body.
  • Access to the University's laboratories with high quality facilities.
  • Opportunities to undertake field trips in Northern Ireland and to see how theory has been applied in practice.
  • Many degrees offer work placements giving students real life, hands-on experience.
Start Dates 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

January 2022 start
(3 Terms)

Mon 10 January 2022 - Fri 18 March 2022
Mon 21 March 2022 - Fri 10 June 2022
Mon 13 June 2022 - Fri 26 August 2022

£17,895


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

Foundation Mathematics for Engineering and Science

Term 1 specialist modules

Credit value

Foundation Biology

30 Credits

Foundation Chemistry

30 Credits

Foundation Physics

30 Credits

Further Mathematics for Engineering and Science

30 Credits

Progression

P
 =  Placement option available
A
 =  Study abroad option available

Degree subject

Final level %

English level %

Additional requirements

Aerospace Engineering with a Year in Industry-BEng (Hons)

BBC

C with a minimum of D in each component

BBC (Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry or Further Mathematics) + GCSE Physics grade C or equivalent


Aerospace Engineering with a Year in Industry-MEng (Hons)

ABB

C with a minimum of D in each component

ABB (Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry or Further Mathematics) + GCSE Physics grade B or equivalent


Aerospace Engineering-BEng (Hons)

BBC

Grade C with a minimum of grade D in each component

BBC including Mathematics and at least one from Physics(preferred), Biology, Chemistry or Further Mathematics, and GCSE Physics grade 4/C or equivalent


Aerospace Engineering-MEng (Hons)

ABB

Grade C with a minimum of grade D in each component

ABB (Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry or Further Mathematics) + GCSE Physics grade B or equivalent


Applied Mathematics and Physics-BSc (Hons)

ABC

C with a minimum of D in each component


Applied Mathematics and Physics-MSci (Hons)

AAB

C with a minimum of D in each component


Archaeology-MSci (Hons)

ABB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Audio Engineering-BSc (Hons)

BBB

B with a minimum of D in each component

BBB including Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry or Further Maths + GCSE Physics Grade C or equivalent


Biochemistry with Professional Studies-BSc (Hons)

BBB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Biochemistry-BSc (Hons)

P

BBB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Biological Sciences (Sandwich) with Professional Studies-MSci (Hons)

ABB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Biological Sciences with Professional Studies-BSc (Hons)

BBB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Biological Sciences-BSc (Hons)

P

BBB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Biological Sciences-MSci (Hons)

ABB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Biomedical Science-BSc (Hons)

ABB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Chemical Engineering with a Year in Industry-BEng (Hons)

BBC

C with a minimum of D in each component


Chemical Engineering with a Year in Industry-MEng (Hons)

ABB

C with a minimum of D in each component


Chemical Engineering-BEng (Hons)

BBC

C with a minimum of D in each component

B (Mathematics) BC (including at least one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics) + GCSE Chemistry and Physics grade C or equivalent


Chemical Engineering-MEng (Hons)

ABB

C with a minimum of D in each component

ABB (Mathematics and at least one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics) + GCSE Chemistry and Physics grade B or equivalent


Chemical Technology-MEng (Hons)

ABB

C with a minimum of D in each component

ABB including Mathematics and Chemistry


Chemistry with a Year in Industry-BSc (Hons)

BBC

C with a minimum of D in each component


Chemistry-BSc (Hons)

P

BBC

C with a minimum of D in each component


Chemistry-MSci (Hons)

ABB

C with a minimum of D in each component


Civil Engineering (Sandwich)-BEng (Hons)

BBC

C with a minimum of D in each component

BBC (Mathematics and at least one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics) + GCSE Physics grade C or equivalent


Civil Engineering (Sandwich)-MEng (Hons)

ABB

C with a minimum of D in each component


Civil Engineering-BEng (Hons)

BBC

C with a minimum of D in each component

BBC (Mathematics and at least one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics) + GCSE Physics grade C or equivalent


Civil Engineering-MEng (Hons)

ABB

C with a minimum of D in each component

ABB (Mathematics and at least one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics) + GCSE Physics grade B or equivalent


Computer Science with Professional Experience-BSc (Hons)

BBC or BBB

C with a minimum of D in each component


Computer Science with a Year in Industry-MEng (Hons)

ABB or AAB

C with a minimum of D in each component


Computer Science-MEng (Hons)

ABB or AAB

Grade C with a minimum of grade D in each component

ABB including Mathematics or AAB including Physics or Chemistry + GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent


Computing and Information Technology including Professional Experience-BSc (Hons)

P

BBB

Grade C with a minimum of grade D in each component

BBB and GCSE Mathematics grade 4/C or equivalent


Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Sandwich)-BEng (Hons)

BBC

C with a minimum of D in each component

BBC (Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry or Further Mathematics) + GCSE Physics grade C or equivalent


Electrical and Electronic Engineering with a Year of Professional Experience-MEng (Hons)

ABB

C with a minimum of D in each component

ABB (Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry or Further Mathematics + GCSE Physics grade B or equivalent


Electrical and Electronic Engineering-BEng (Hons)

BBC

Grade C with a minimum of grade D in each component

BBC with B in Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry or Further Mathematics, and GCSE Physics grade 4/C or equivalent


Electrical and Electronic Engineering-MEng (Hons)

ABB

Grade C with a minimum of grade D in each component

ABB with A in Mathematics, B in Biology, Chemistry or Physics and GCSE Physics grade 6/B or equivalent


Environmental Management-BSc (Hons)

P

BBB

B with a minimum of D in each component

BBB including at least two from Biology, Economics and Geography + GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent


Environmental and Civil Engineering-MEng (Hons)

ABB

C with a minimum of D in each component

ABB with A in Mathematics, B in Biology, Chemistry or Physics and GCSE Physics grade 6/ B or equivalent


European Planning with Placement-MPlan (Hons)

BBB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition (Sandwich) with Professional Studies-MSci (Hons)

ABB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition with Professional Studies-BSc (Hons)

BBB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition-BSc (Hons)

P

BBB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition-MSci (Hons)

ABB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Food Science and Food Security (Sandwich) with Professional Studies-MSci (Hons)

ABB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Food Science and Food Security-MSci (Hons)

ABB

B with a minimum of D in each component

ABB including Biology or Chemistry (preferably both) + GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics grade C or equivalent


Geography-BSc (Hons)

BBC

B with a minimum of D in each component

BBC + GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent


Human Biology-BSc (Hons)

ABB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Marine Biology (Sandwich) with Professional Studies-BSc (Hons)

BBB

C with a minimum of D in each component


Marine Biology (Sandwich) with Professional Studies-MSci (Hons)

ABB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Marine Biology-BSc (Hons)

P

BBB

C with a minimum of D in each component


Marine Biology-MSci (Hons)

ABB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Mathematics and Computer Science-BSc (Hons)

ABC

C with a minimum of D in each component


Mathematics and Computer Science-MSci (Hons)

AAB

C with a minimum of D in each component

A (Mathematics) AB


Mathematics and Statistics and Operational Research-BSc (Hons)

ABC

Grade C with a minimum of Grade D in each component

ABC with A in Mathematics


Mathematics with Finance-BSc (Hons)

AAB

C with a minimum of D in each component


Mathematics-BSc (Hons)

ABC

C with a minimum of D in each component


Mathematics-MSci (Hons)

AAB

C with a minimum of D in each component


Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry-BEng (Hons)

BBC

C with a minimum of D in each component


Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry-MEng (Hons)

ABB

C with a minimum of D in each component


Mechanical Engineering-BEng (Hons)

BBC

Grade C with a minimum of grade D in each component

BBC with B in Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry or Further Mathematics, and GCSE Physics grade 4/C or equivalent


Mechanical Engineering-MEng (Hons)

ABB

Grade C with a minimum of grade D in each component

ABB (Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry or Further Mathematics) + GCSE Physics grade B or equivalent


Medicinal Chemistry with a Year in Industry-BSc (Hons)

BBC

C with a minimum of D in each component


Medicinal Chemistry-BSc (Hons)

P

BBC

C with a minimum of D in each component


Medicinal Chemistry-MSci (Hons)

ABB

C with a minimum of D in each component


Microbiology (Sandwich) with Professional Studies-BSc (Hons)

BBB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Microbiology (Sandwich) with Professional Studies-MSci (Hons)

ABB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Microbiology-BSc (Hons)

BBB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Microbiology-MSci (Hons)

P

ABB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Midwifery Sciences-BSc (Hons)

CCC

A with a minimum of A in Listening, Speaking and Reading and a minimum of B in Writing


Pharmaceutical Biotechnology-BSc (Hons)

BBB

B with a minimum of C in each component

BBB (to include Biology and Chemistry) + GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent


Pharmaceutical Sciences-BSc (Hons)

BBB

B with a minimum of C in each component


Pharmacy-MPharm (Hons)

AAB

B with a minimum of C in each component


Physics with Astrophysics-BSc (Hons)

BBC

C with a minimum of D in each component


Physics with Astrophysics-MSci (Hons)

ABB

C with a minimum of D in each component


Physics with Medical Applications-BSc (Hons)

BBC

C with a minimum of D in each component


Physics with Medical Applications-MSci (Hons)

ABB

C with a minimum of D in each component


Physics-BSc (Hons)

BBC

C with a minimum of D in each component


Physics-MSci (Hons)

ABB

C with a minimum of D in each component


Planning, Environment and Development-BSc (Hons)

BBC

B with a minimum of D in each component

BBC + GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent


Product Design Engineering with a Year in Industry-BEng (Hons)

BBC

C with a minimum of D in each component


Product Design Engineering with a Year in Industry-MEng (Hons)

ABB

C with a minimum of D in each component


Product Design Engineering-BEng (Hons)

BBC

C with a minimum of D in each component

BBC (Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry or Further Mathematics) + GCSE Physics grade 4/C or equivalent


Product Design Engineering-MEng (Hons)

ABB

Grade C with a minimum of grade D in each component

ABB (Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry or Further Mathematics) + GCSE Physics grade B or equivalent


Professional Nursing (Adult)-BSc (Hons)

CCC

A with a minimum of A in Listening, Speaking and Reading and a minimum of B in Writing


Professional Nursing (Children and Young People)-BSc (Hons)

CCC

A with a minimum of A in Listening, Speaking and Reading and a minimum of B in Writing


Professional Nursing (Mental Health)-BSc (Hons)

CCC

A with a minimum of A in Listening, Speaking and Reading and a minimum of B in Writing


Professional Nursing Learning Disabilities-BSc (Hons)

CCC

A with a minimum of A in Listening, Speaking and Reading and a minimum of B in Writing


Psychology-BSc (Hons)

BBB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Sociology with Quantitative Methods-BSc (Hons)

BBB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Software Engineering with a Year in Industry-BEng (Hons)

BBC/BBB

C with a minimum of D in each component

BBC including Mathematics or BBC including Physics or Chemistry and + GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent


Software Engineering-MEng (Hons)

ABB or AAB

C with a minimum of D in each component

ABB including Mathematics or AAB including Physics or Chemistry + GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent


Software and Electronic Systems Engineering with a Year in Industry-BEng (Hons)

BBC

C with a minimum of D in each component

BBC (Mathematics and at least one from Physics, Biology, Chemistry or Further Mathematics) + GCSE Physics grade C or equivalent


Software and Electronic Systems Engineering with a Year in Industry-MEng (Hons)

ABB

C with a minimum of D in each component


Software and Electronic Systems Engineering-BEng (Hons)

BBC

C with a minimum of D in each component

BBC (Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry or Further Mathematics) + GCSE Physics grade 4/C or equivalent


Software and Electronic Systems Engineering-MEng (Hons)

ABB

C with a minimum of D in each component

ABB (Mathematics and at least one from Physics, Biology, Chemistry or Further Mathematics) + GCSE Physics grade B or equivalent


Structural Engineering with Architecture (Sandwich)-MEng (Hons)

ABB

C with a minimum of D in each component


Structural Engineering with Architecture-MEng (Hons)

ABB

C with a minimum of D in each component


Theoretical Physics-BSc (Hons)

ABC

C with a minimum of D in each component


Theoretical Physics-MSci (Hons)

ABB

C with a minimum of D in each component


Zoology (Sandwich) with Professional Studies-BSc (Hons)

BBB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Zoology (Sandwich) with Professional Studies-MSci (Hons)

ABB

B with a minimum of D in each component

ABB including Biology and preferably Chemistry + GCSE Chemistry and Mathematics grade C or equivalent


Zoology-BSc (Hons)

BBB

B with a minimum of D in each component


Zoology-MSci (Hons)

P

ABB

B with a minimum of D in each component