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Preparation for undergraduate degrees from Queen's University in Science, Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
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 in areas such as Biological Sciences, Mathematics and Computing, Science and Engineering.
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Why apply for the international foundation programme?
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.
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.
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:
Successful completion of the International Foundation will guarentee you a place on an undergraduate degree course at Queen's University Belfast.
Assured progression depends on:
You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.
For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us
Three-term: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and no less than 4.5 in all other subskills) or equivalent.
Four-term: IELTS 4.5 (with a minimum of 4.5 in writing and no less than 4.0 in all other subskills) or equivalent.
Five-term: IELTS 4.0 (with a minimum of 4.0 in all subskills) or equivalent.
We can also accept Pearson (PTE). Please contact us for further details.
If you have achieved the minimum IELTS score overall but do not have the required score in writing for direct entry, you will be considered on a case by case basis
If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for English for University Study.
Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.
You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.
The 4 and 5 term courses have additional terms of English language tuition at the beginning and will typically have a lower English language entry requirement.
POPULAR DEGREE CHOICE: BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science and Risk Management
The underlying cornerstone of the Actuarial Science and Risk Management degree programme is the application of financial and statistical theories to help solve real business problems. Actuarial Science and Risk Management combines courses/modules in actuarial modelling, financial reporting, economics, finance, insurance, pensions, mathematics and statistics to develop techniques and skills to assess, evaluate and manage future financial risk and thereby address a wide range of practical problems in long-term financial planning and management.
Mathematical and statistical skills, through problem solving, constructing proofs and computer application, are at the core of all actuarial work and therefore are core elements in each year of the degree.
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This course leads to the following undergraduate degrees at Queen's University Belfast:
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
BSc (Hons) Human Biology
BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology**
BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Technology**
MEng (Hons) Computer Games Development**
BEng (Hons) Computer Science (Sandwich)**
BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Sandwich)**
MEng (Hons) Computer Science**
MEng (Hons) Computer Science (Sandwich)**
BSc (Hons) Mathematics
MSci (Hons) Mathematics
BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Finance
BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering**
MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering**
BSc (Hons) Architecture
MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering**
BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering**
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering**
MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering**
BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering**
MEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering**
MEng (Hons) Environmental and Civil Engineering**
BSc (Hons) Environmental Planning
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering**
MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering**
BEng (Hons) Product Design and Development**
MEng (Hons) Product Design and Development**
MEng (Hons) Software and Electronic Systems Engineering**
BEng (Hons) Software and Electronic Systems Engineering**
BEng (Hons) Software Engineering (Sandwich)
MEng (Hons) Software Engineering**
MEng Structural Engineering with Architecture**
BSc (Hons) Applied Mathematics and Physics
MSci (Hons) Applied Mathematics and Physics
MSci (Hons) Archaeology
BSc (Hons) Archaeology-Palaeoecology
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry**
BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences**
BSc (Hons) Chemistry**
MSci (Hons) Chemistry
BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Forensic Analysis
BSc (Hons) Environmental Biology
BSc (Hons) Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition**
BSc (Hons) Geography
BSc (Hons) Land Use and Environmental Management**
BSc (Hons) Marine Biology
BSc (Hons) Medicinal Chemistry**
MSci (Hons) Medicinal Chemistry
BSc (Hons) Microbiology**
MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy
BSc (Hons) Physics
MSci (Hons) Physics
BSc (Hons) Physics with Astrophysics
MSci (Hons) Physics with Astrophysics
BSc (Hons) Physics with Financial Mathematics
BSc (Hons) Physics with Medical Applications
MSci (Hons) Physics with Medical Applications
BSc (Hons) Psychology
BSc (Hons) Theoretical Physics
MSci (Hons) Theoretical Physics
BSc (Hons) Zoology
BSc (Hons) Midwifery Sciences***
BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing***
BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing***
BSc (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing***
BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing***
** Indicates courses which are offered with and without a Sandwich year option; or where a Sandwich year is normally a required element of the degree programme, but international students can be exempt from it. Students undertaking a year of professional experience (Sandwich year) do not need a work permit as long as the placement is in the UK. Students who do not take the year of professional experience are transferred to an equivalent programme without the extension ‘with Professional Experience’ in the title.
***Progression to Midwifery Sciences and Nursing cannot be guaranteed. Progression will depend on the availability of placements and will be based on the normal selection criteria used by the School of Nursing and Midwifery. All applicants are required to have an overall EAP grade A, with grade A in each test component.
What is the deadline for applications?
We're happy to accept students right up to when our courses begin, as long as there are places available. We recommend you apply as early as possible as courses fill up quickly. Enquire now to check availability.
Step 1: Complete the Application form
You can complete an online application form or download and print the PDF application form at the bottom of this page. You must include the following information:
Need help with the application form? Watch a video help guide - available in English, Chinese and Arabic:
Step 2: Submit the Application
The INTO Admissions office will only process complete applications so please ensure you provide all of the following documents with your application:
If you are applying by post please send your completed application package, including copies of your supporting documents listed above directly to us at:
INTO Queen's University Belfast AdmissionsOne Gloucester Place Brighton BN1 4AA United Kingdom
The INTO Admissions team will assess your complete application and will contact you within two working days with either an answer or an offer.
Step 3: Confirm your place
If you receive a Conditional or Unconditional offer from us, the offer will contain all the details needed for you to confirm your place on the course.
The most common way to confirm your place, will be to:
Once the payment has cleared, you will be sent a confirmation pack from us, including; The relevant course information to help you with your visa application, course and accommodation confirmation, your updated statement and an invoice which will show any remaining fees still to pay before the start date of your course.
Step 4: Apply for your visa
If you are unsure of which visa type you need you can have a look at our Useful Information page or visit the UK Border Agency website.
Please keep us updated on your visa application process. If for any reason your visa application is delayed or rejected, please contact us as soon as possible.
Please note that INTO employees cannot give you advice on your visa, you will need to speak to your local embassy or the British Council.
Step 5: After you've received your visa
Once you've received your visa and arranged your flight to the UK, please contact us to make sure you have paid the full outstanding balance of your course, at least 4 weeks before you arrive.
You will then receive your final statement along with your pre-departure guide, listing all information you need about your chosen INTO Centre, the partner University and what to do when you arrive in the UK.
Visit our before you arrive page for more information.
If at any time you get stuck or have any problems that will delay your arrival, please contact us.
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