International Foundation in Business, Humanities and Social Sciences

Preparation for bachelor's degrees in Accounting, Economics, Management, Finance, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law at Queen's University

The Foundation combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the first year of a university degree at Queen's University Business School.

Why apply for the international foundation programme?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • full university status
  • a quality assured university programme
  • a campus based programme with access to university facilities
  • a conditional offer of a place on the first year of a relevant undergraduate
    degree at Queen's University Belfast
  • professional support and guidance with university applications
  • multiple start dates
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

91% of International Foundation students were eligible to progress to Queen's University Belfast in 2012

Who should apply for the International Foundation programme?

You should apply for this course if you have completed secondary school education in your home country. The International Foundation programme provides academic preparation for first year entry and ensures that you meet the minimum English language requirement for entry to your chosen undergraduate degree programme at Queen's. Successful completion of this programme will also allow you to apply for entry to other universities in the UK.

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What will I study?

Core modules:

English Language and
Study Skills
This module is designed to help you develop your skills and confidence in academic English for university study and develop the four key areas of competence: reading, writing, listening and speaking with a particular emphasis on high level academic writing skills.



Specialist modules:

Foundation Economics In this module you will learn about the main theoretical models and concepts used in macro and micro-economics and their application in the study of 'real world' economic situations.
Foundation Politics and
International Relations
This module is designed to help you develop a critical awareness of the relationships and interactions between nation states and the function, operation and evolution of transnational organisations such as the United Nations, the European Union and the World Trade Organisation.
Foundation Business Studies This module is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of the key features of business and management and the standard conduct of business in the UK. You will study models of management and the external environment in which UK businesses operate and will be introduced to a range of key concepts in areas such as marketing, leadership, organisation structure, accounting and finance, human resource management and corporate strategy.
Foundation Mathematics for
Business, Humanities and Social
This module introduces a range of mathematical and statistical techniques that have broad application in business, humanities and social science disciplines. You will study key mathematical concepts and notations, learn to manipulate numerical and algebraic expressions and be introduced to the basic techniques of statistics, probability and set theory. You will also study topics in differential and integral calculus, trigonometry, correlation, linear regression and time series analysis.
Foundation Mathematics for
Engineering and Science
This module assumes an elementary background in mathematical concepts and skills and introduces you to some of the important mathematical concepts and tools used in science and engineering. You will covers topics such as linear equations and matrices, quadratic equations, expansions, sequences and series, indices, functions and transformations, differential and integral calculus, trigonometric identities, vectors, numerical methods and an introduction to statistics.
Further Mathematics for
Engineering and Science
This module provides a deeper understanding and stronger background in areas of mathematics required in engineering and some science-based disciplines. You will study a range of topics which complement and extend those studied on the Foundation Mathematics module including: coordinate geometry, exponentials, further differential and integral calculus, complex numbers, statistics and probability theory. The application of mathematical concepts and models to problems in engineering and science will be emphasised throughout the module.


If you choose to study Further Mathematics for Engineering and Science you must take Foundation Mathematics for Engineering and Science. Otherwise, if you choose a mathematics module you must study Foundation Mathematics for Business, Humanities and Social Sciences.


How will I be assessed?

Progress is monitored by continuous assessment of coursework and by the use of class tests. The final grade for each unit is based on a mixture of coursework and end-of-course examinations.

Successful students will achieve grades A*, A, B, C or D for each of the four units.

Assessment will be by:

  • Coursework (prepared assignments, unit tests, experimental reports, computer use).
  • Mid-course and end-of-course examinations.
  • Formal assessment of levels and progress in English is through NCUK's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme.


Assured progression

Successful completion of the International Foundation will guarantee you a place on an undergraduate degree course at Queen's University Belfast.

Assured progression depends on:

  • Passing all the subject modules with the grades required by your intended degree.
  • Passing the English for Academic Purposes module with at least a C - you may need a higher grade depending on your intended degree.

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