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Accounting (International Year One)

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1 years (Full Time)
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  • Overview

    The International Year One in Accounting is a 3 term, full-time, 120-credit University programme. It is intended to provide International students who are not yet fully able to meet the linguistic or academic demands of first-year undergraduate study in the University, with the opportunity to participate in a core first-year degree equivalent programme leading to second year entry. Successful completion offers direct entry to the second year of an undergraduate degree in Accounting or Economics and Accounting at Queen’s University Belfast. The programme is validated and quality assured by Queen’s University Belfast. Successful completion leads to the award of Queen’s University Belfast International Diploma in Accounting. It is equivalent to the University’s Certificate of Higher Education: level 4 on the National Qualification Framework (NQF).

    The International Year One programme has both a September and January intake each year.

    The programme is delivered in a university environment with the pastoral and language support that is necessary to ensure well-being and success, and where the study programme is focused on preparation for university study.

    Progression degree highlights:

    - Students who successfully complete the International Year One in Accounting can progress to either BSc (Hons) Accounting or BSc Economics and Accounting.

    Queen’s is ranked 6th in the UK for Accounting and Finance (Complete University Guide 2021) and 7th in the UK for Career Prospects (Guardian Good University Guide 2021) and 90% of Economics students were satisfied with their course (National Student Survey 2018)

    Accounting Degree highlights

    Develop the knowledge and skills for your chosen degree through a specialist pathway.

    Global Opportunities

    Professional Accreditations

    Professional Exemptions

    • After completion of BSc Accounting or BSc Economics and Accounting at Queen's University Belfast, students are eligible for exemptions from exams of professional Accounting bodies, such as ACCA, CIMA, etc.

      Please check the relative degree page through our Course Finder.

    Industry Links

    • As part of their placement preparation, students are invited to attend industry talks with large employers in Northern Ireland and beyond, such as PwC and KPMG.

    Career Development

    • Within the English Language and Study Skills module, students complete tasks related to placement preparation, including CV and cover letter writing, preparation for interviews, use of feedback, etc.

    Student Experience

    • ‘INTO has really taken a significant part in developing my English language and study skills. There are courses provided at INTO to help me getting familiar with academic writing skills, academic referencing and improving my presentation skills. I found these skills very crucial and useful when I got to the University and I realized that students from INTO were really well prepared and had even outperformed the majority of students in terms of referencing skills.’ (Chia Run Chye)
    "There is a variety of support available, depending on the needs of each student. For instance, the Progression Team work with students to support and guide them with the application process to Queen's University Belfast. Furthermore, INTO Queen's also provide additional support for mental health, academic study and English language training."
    Elisa, Spain, International Foundation student, 2021.
  • Course content

    Course Structure

    Core ModulesAll candidates in the Accounting pathway are required to take and satisfactorily complete the following compulsory modules to a value of 120 credits:

    - English Language and Study Skills (20 credits)
    - Principles of Economics (20 credits)
    - Introduction to Financial Accounting (20 credits)
    - Statistical Methods for Business (10 credits)
    - Introduction to Management Accounting (20 credits)
    - Introduction to Legal Study and Basic Contract Law (20 credits)
    - Accounting Information Systems (10 credits)

    People teaching you

    Adele Crawford
    Teacher of English Language and Study Skills

    INTO Queen's
    Adele is an experienced ELSS teacher having taught in university settings around the UK preparing students for their chosen university degree courses. With a background in Linguistics and specialising in teaching English to international students Adele is a dedicated teacher who encourages students to reach their full potential through all aspects of English language required for progression to university.

    Erin Schreck
    Teacher of English Language

    INTO Queen's
    Erin has a MA in TESOL from the University of Ulster and a MEd (with Commendation) from Queen's University Belfast. She has taught English to students from over 40 countries and worked in four countries herself. Her experience includes working as an online teacher, Senior Teacher, Director of Studies and in teaching English for Academic Purposes, English to teenagers, YLs, and adults with various language backgrounds. Erin has also focused on exam preparation and personal tutoring and is extremely interested in communicative approaches to learning.

    Scott McCready

    INTO Queen's
    Scott McCreedy is a subject teacher at INTO Queen's for the module: Introduction to Legal Study and Basic Contract Law. He has also taught law at several other universities at undergraduate and postgraduate level. In addition to his academic interests, Scott is a practising Barrister of 8 years' standing at the Bar of Northern Ireland, with a civil practice focusing on land law, contractual disputes and personal injury claims.

    Vincent Murphy
    Teacher of Accounting

    INTO Queen's
    Vincent has an honours degree in Economics and Accounting, a Masters in Business Strategy and professional examinations of the Association of Certified Accountants. He has over 40 years’ experience lecturing in Financial and Management Accounting at various levels from undergraduate to post-graduate levels.. He also has 9 years’ experience of training Business and Management teachers. He has been teaching international students for 10 years, so he has great understanding of the best methods of teaching students whose first language is not English.

    Contact Teaching Times

    Large Group Teaching4 (hours maximum)
    Typically 4 hours of lectures
    Medium Group Teaching4 (hours maximum)
    Typically 4 hours
    Personal Study20 (hours maximum)
    Approximately 20 hours of personal study a week
    Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial6 (hours maximum)
    6 hours of English Language and Study Skills per week in small groups (maximum of 16 students per group)

    Learning and Teaching

    The International Year One in Accounting programme is delivered in a university environment with the language and pastoral support that is necessary to ensure well-being and success, and where the work is focused specifically on preparation for university study. The programme has been designed to meet the specific needs of full fee overseas students whose first language is not English and to prepare students for progression to undergraduate degree programmes in the Queen’s University Management School. Students attend lectures, seminars, and tutorial sessions and complete both formative and summative assessment. Within English Language and Study Skills, students learn how to work on drafts and incorporate feedback into their essays/reports.

    • Educational Aims of Programme (1)
      To provide students with a high quality education and learning experience at undergraduate / International Year One level
    • Educational Aims of Programme (2)
      To prepare students for entry to Year Two of Undergraduate Degrees at Queen’s University Belfast.
    • Educational Aims of Programme (3)
      To enhance the subject knowledge, learning skills and English language proficiency of students to enable them to communicate and study effectively and confidently at undergraduate level.
    • Educational Aims of Programme (4)
      To assist international students to become accustomed to student life in the UK and to provide practical experience of the learning, teaching and assessment methods found in Queen’s University Belfast and in other UK universities.
    • Educational Aims of Programme (5)
      To cultivate a commitment to good practice in academic work.
    • Educational Aims of Programme (6)
      To provide students with the necessary personal and key skills to enable them to develop as independent, autonomous learners.
    • Educational Aims of Programme (7)
      To provide a qualification to facilitate alternative progression routes for those students who either (i) do not meet the entry criteria for progression to undergraduate degree programmes at Queen’s University Belfast, or (ii) who wish to follow a undergraduate course at another university.


    Entry to all undergraduate degrees at Queen's University is highly competitive and students hoping to study at undergraduate level must maintain high standards throughout their International Year One programme.

    • Students complete both formative and summative assessment as part of their International Year One in Accounting. Formative assessment includes homework tasks, practice tests, draft work, etc. Summative assessment includes individual exams, class tests, group projects, essays/reports, etc.


    Students are given feedback on formative coursework that assists them with their learning.

    • Students will be given feedback on summative pieces of coursework. As part of their English Language and Study Skills module, students learn how to work on drafts and incorporate feedback into their essays/reports.


    During this International Year One programme, students will study at the INTO Queen’s Study Centre – located on the University’s inspiring campus. Students will benefit from excellent facilities, a dedicated support team and university-style teaching to prepare them for university.

    There are excellent facilities at the INTO centre, including:

    - Modern classrooms with the latest technology
    - Lots of spaces for quiet reading, studying and group work
    - The student support team, who can help you with any problems
    - The Learning Resource Centre
    - Cafe Carberry, for snacks and refreshments.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    Selection Criteria

    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
    • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

    International Students - Foundation and International Year One Programmes

    INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

    These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Careers

    Career Prospects

    Alumni Success
    Lojayn is from Egypt, graduated after successful progression from IYOA and now employed at Incorta.

    Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

    Prizes and Awards

    Students who successfully complete the INTO International Year One programme in Accounting are eligible for scholarships and cash prizes.

    Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

    In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) 1 Commissioned - no fee / Non-commissioned £9,215**
    Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 TBC**
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £9,250**
    EU Other 3 TBC**
    International £17,400**

    **All fee payers (non-commissioned students) must pay an additional clinical placement charge of £3,000 in each year of study.


    1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

    2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

    3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

    Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

    If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

    Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

    Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

    If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

    Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

    There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    Accounting costs

    Additional Costs:

    Other Fees
    (Lab, Book, Insurance etc)

    Enrolment Fee: £150.00
    Textbooks (3 term): £280.00
    Textbooks (4 term): £360.00
    Textbooks (5 term): £440.00

    How do I fund my study?

    There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

    Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at


    Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at



  • Apply

    How and when to Apply

    1. How to Apply
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