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International Foundation Programme in Engineering & Science/Extended International Foundation Programme in Engineering and Science

Academic Year 2019/20

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance processes. All degrees are awarded by Queen's University Belfast.

Programme Title

International Foundation Programme in Engineering & Science/Extended International Foundation Programme in Engineering and Science

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

University Foundation Certificate

Programme Code

NTO-IFY-EN

UCAS Code

HECoS Code

100184

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Undergraduate Certif

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

120

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

INTO Queen's

School/Department

INTO

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
www.qaa.ac.uk

Level 3

QAA Benchmark Group
www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Accreditations (PSRB)

The British Council

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 11-05-18

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

None.

Programme Specific Regulations

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

English Language Requirements
Three terms: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and no less than 4.5 in all other subskills) or equivalent.
Four terms Extended: IELTS 4.5 (with a minimum of 4.5 in writing and no less than 4.0 in all other subskills) or equivalent.
Five Terms Extended: IELTS 4.0 (with a minimum of 4.0 in all subskills) or equivalent
General Academic Requirements
Students must normally have successfully completed 12 years of school education (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades. Students with only 11 years of education will normally be Referred to Centre , the exceptions being Vietnam, China, and Hong Kong (see Country Specific Requirements A.1 below)
Minimum Academic Requirements from Internationally Recognised Examinations
Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate with a minimum 22 points may be accepted. Applicants with the IB Careers-Related Programme will not be accepted.
Students who have studied UK GCSE, IGSCE or O-level will need to be approved via the Refer to Centre route before they can be accepted, the exception being students who achieve a minimum of 5 subjects at CCCCC including Maths and, preferably, English. Note that such students may have slightly limited university options following the IFP.
Students who have a minimum of an E grade at UK A2 level or 2 x E Grades at UK AS Level may be accepted; such students may have slightly limited university options. Local language AS level is not accepted.
The International Foundation programme is acceptable for entry to undergraduate degree programmes at Queen’s, with the exception of Agricultural Technology, Medicine, Dentistry and Social Work.
Because of the competition for places and the limited number of placements available, the normal progression guarantee does not apply to degree programmes in Midwifery Sciences or Nursing. ALL applications for progression to Midwifery Sciences and Nursing will be referred to Centre (RTC).
For Non Standard Entry - Refer to Centre (RTC) Applications from countries not listed and applications which fall marginally below the stated entry requirements will be referred to the Centre for a final decision.
Age restrictions
All students commencing courses for the September start date must be 16 years old by 01st September of that calendar year. For the June intake for the Extended course, students must be 16 before registering at the centre. For all other start dates, students must be 16 years old by 01st September of the preceding calendar year (and therefore have turned 17 before 01st September of the year they progress to university).
Entrance requirements are kept under review and are subject to change
Applicants are advised to check the latest information online at
http://www.intostudy.com/en-gb/universities/queens-university-belfast/courses


There are two intakes each academic year, in September and in January.

Award
To be eligible for the award, all students must take and satisfactorily complete (pass) modules to a value of 120 CATS points.

The pass mark for all academic modules is 40%.

The pass mark for the English Language and Study Skills module is 50% overall (equivalent to IELTS 6.0) with no component below 40% (equivalent to IELTS 5.5).
The English Language and Study Skills module is assessed using an examination benchmarked against CEFR and IELTS.
Results are reported as a percentage with 35-39% being equivalent to IELTS 5.0, 40 -49% equivalent to IELTS 5.5; 50-59% equivalent to IELTS 6.0, 60-69% equivalent to IELTS 6.5, and so on.

Students following the extended programme must take and satisfactorily complete (pass) one or two terms of Academic English (AE) before taking any of the academic subject modules.

On the Extended programmes, the Academic English (AE) modules are assessed using the INTO AE exit examination benchmarked against CEFR and IELTS.

Re-sits
A student who fails a module at the first sitting shall be permitted one further attempt to achieve a pass for that module. The module will normally be retaken at the next available opportunity. The maximum mark available for academic modules retaken in this way will be a pass mark of 40%.

The ELSS module mark is not capped on re-sit


Students who fail any module at the second attempt will be reviewed may be required to withdraw from the programme.

Progression
Holders of the International Foundation qualification may progress to Year One of the University degree only if they have achieved, as a minimum requirement, the level of performance in both academic modules and English Language and Study Skills as specified in the progression requirements for specific degree programmes.

Students who successfully complete (pass) the International Foundation Programme and meet the published progression requirements for a specified degree are guaranteed progression onto the first year of that undergraduate degree programme at Queen’s University Belfast, (except for those courses where the normal progression guarantee does not apply).

They may also qualify to apply for entry to other universities in the UK and elsewhere.

Further course information can be found online at

http://www.intostudy.com/en-gb/universities/queens-university-belfast/courses

The International Foundation programme is acceptable for entry to many undergraduate degree programmes at Queen’s, with the exception of Agricultural Technology, Medicine, Dentistry and Social Work.

Progression from Extended Programme
Students on the extended programme must satisfactorily complete Academic English with a minimum of equivalent IELTS 5.0 overall, 5.0 in writing and no other sub-skill less than 4.5 before progressing to study the academic and English Language and Study Skills modules.

Students with protected characteristics

None.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On successful completion of the International Foundation Programme in Engineering and Science or the Extended International Foundation Programme in Engineering and Science, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an awareness/knowledge of mathematical facts, principles and statistical techniques relevant to a variety of discipline areas and use them to solve real life problems.

2. Demonstrate an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of key principles, contemporary topics and concepts relevant to Engineering and the physical, chemical or biological sciences.

3. Analyse and combine information from a variety of sources and apply to theoretical and practical and situations in Engineering and Science.

4. Appreciate the nature of scientific enquiry and the nature of evidence necessary to support empirical theory.

5. Engage with academic texts using effective reading and note-taking strategies; produce academic writing that is accurate at both discourse and sentence level; understand policies and expectations related to academic integrity; listen and react to lectures & other types of classroom discourse; participate confidently in seminars, presentations and classroom discussions

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

1. Critically analyse, evaluate and interpret information.
2. Make reasoned judgements
3. Access and evaluate information independently
4. Comprehend abstract concepts
5. Reflect upon and communicate complex ideas

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed throughout the programme by teaching staff working with students posing problems aimed at exercising and developing knowledge in each unit.

Throughout the programme, elements of applied work focus the development of cognitive skills. As well as taking part in lectures, laboratories and seminars, students also form learning groups which meet regularly under guidance to discuss progress and problems. Independent enquiry, critical evaluation and interpretation, abstraction and assimilation are key elements in all modules and are further reinforced in the Study Skills component of the English Language and Study Skills module.

Methods of Assessment

Self-assessment and reflection are developed by formative feedback.
Assessment of cognitive skills, both summative and formative, occurs in the form of course assignments, oral presentations, project work and examinations.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

1. Present knowledge and demonstrate expertise in a coherent, effective and meaningful form.
2. Construct and evaluate arguments, and to reach conclusions.
3. Present quantitative and qualitative information in a form appropriate to different intended audiences.
4. Proficiently use ICT: including PowerPoint, excel, word-processing, e-mail, internet and subject
5. Prepare and communicate ideas in written, presentational and graphical forms.
6. Work both independently and in groups and to demonstrate organisation and time management skills.
7. Undertake scientific investigations in a safe and competent manner.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates the teaching and learning on the International Foundation programme. Successful completion of projects, laboratories and coursework across modules requires students to gather additional information from a range of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.
ICT skills are consolidated throughout the course as an aid to report writing, visual presentation, literature searching and data handling. Although not formally assessed, qualities such as self-reliance, good time management and the ability to undertake independent study are fostered and encouraged throughout the course.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of coursework requires students to use a range of media (e.g. essays, PowerPoint or similar presentations, case studies and lab reports) to demonstrate their learning.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

1. Think in a logical manner, have a confidence with numbers and an appreciation that working with data is integral to all aspects of a professional working environment.
2. Construct arguments and develop/exercise problem-solving skills.
3. Read, analyse and critically evaluate data and abstract concepts from a variety of sources.
4. Demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding in subject areas.
5. Apply knowledge and skills in a range of complex activities, within each of the subject areas demonstrating comprehension of relevant theories.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Throughout the programme emphasis is placed on the integration of language learning, study skill development and the acquisition and/or re-orientation of subject knowledge.

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment of subject-specific skills is an integral part of all subject modules and includes end-of-term exams, lab reports, class tests, presentations, assignments and project-work.

Formative assessment of student learning occurs both in tutorial and small-group activities. Up-to-date subject-related literature is integrated into the curriculum, and the ability to communicate, debate and critique the literature is developed within the ELSS modules and assessed in written and oral presentations both in the subject modules and in the ELSS module.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

1. Apply knowledge and understanding, cognitive and transferable skills within each subject module as well as across modules at programme level.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, group-work, presentations, report writing.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, Assignments, Projects, Practical classes (laboratory classes and / or fieldwork)

MODULE INFORMATION

Stages and Modules

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

English Language and Study Skills

IFYF001

1

30

YES

YES

24 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Foundation Physics

IFYF008

1

30

YES

YES

24 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Foundation Chemistry

IFYF009

1

30

YES

YES

24 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Foundation Biology

IFYF010

1

30

YES

YES

24 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Further Mathematics for Engineering and Science

IFYF015

1

30

YES

YES

24 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Foundation Mathematics for Engineering and Science

IFYF016

1

30

YES

YES

24 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Notes

If students choose to study Module IFYF015 (Further Maths) they must also study IFYF016 (Mathematics for Engineering and Science). Please note that the British Council accredits the ELSS module for this programme. Please note, students on the Extended version of this programme may do 4 or 5 terms.