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INTO Programme Specification

International Foundation for Science and Engineering (Accelerated)

Academic Year 2022/23

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 for Science and Engineering (Accelerated) Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
University Foundation Certificate
Programme Code NTO-AIF-EN UCAS Code HECoS Code 100184 - General or integrated engineer - 100
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 No

Institute Information

Teaching Institution

INTO Queen's

School/Department

INTO

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 3

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

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:
For the International Foundation Programme in Engineering & Science (Accelerated) candidates will normally be required to have an English Language test score, taken within the last two years, of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each sub-skill. Candidates with IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 in writing and no less than 5.0 in the other sub-skills will be considered on a case by case basis.

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

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 (ELSS) module is 50% overall (IELTS 6.0), with a minimum of 40% in each sub-skill (IELTS 5.5).
The English Language and Study Skills module is assessed using an INTO ELSS 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, etc.

Re-sits:
A student who fails a module at the first sitting shall normally 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 and 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.

Students with protected characteristics

None.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

Educational Aims Of Programme

1. Provide international students with a high quality education and learning experience at pre-undergraduate foundation level within which the measured and validated outcomes are of a quality to secure entry to undergraduate degree programmes of Queen’s University Belfast.

2. Prepare international students for progression to Year One of a range of undergraduate degree programmes at Queen’s University Belfast.

3. Provide a qualification to allow alternative progression routes for those international students who either (i) do not meet the entry criteria for progression to undergraduate degree programmes at Queen’s University Belfast, or (ii) who do meet the entry criteria for progression to undergraduate degree programmes at Queen’s University Belfast but wish to follow an undergraduate course at another university.

4. Enhance the subject knowledge, learning skills and English language ability of international students to enable them to communicate and study effectively and confidently at undergraduate level at Queen’s University Belfast or in another English medium university.

5. Assist international students to acclimatise and 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.

6. Provide opportunities for international students to develop their intellectual abilities, including problem solving skills and logical and critical thinking.

7. Actively promote the development of key transferable skills essential for employment, including communication, team working, time and resource management and presentation skills.

8. Inculcate a commitment to good practice in academic work and provide students with the necessary personal, interpersonal and key skills to enable them to develop as independent, self-directed learners.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

1. Interpret and evaluate information from up-to-date academic literature.
2. Analyse information and make reasoned judgements.
3. Access and evaluate information independently.
4. Comprehend abstract concepts.
5. Develop reflection and communication skills.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students’ cognitive skills are developed through lectures, seminars, tutorials, group-work, laboratory classes, presentations and report writing.

Methods of Assessment

Students will be assessed through formative and summative examinations, class tests, group project work, fieldwork and coursework.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

1. Use computers and information technology effectively.
2. Use online computer sources for information retrieval and critically appraise the information and sources.
3. Work and learn independently.
4. Work effectively as a member of a group or team.
5. Manage time and resources, prioritise and work to deadlines.
6. Communicate effectively in writing, verbally and through graphical media.
7. Evaluate qualitative and quantitative data.
8. Develop an understanding of sustainability and the impact of climate change.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students’ transferable skills are developed through lectures, seminars, tutorials, group-work, laboratory classes, presentations and report writing.

Methods of Assessment

Students will be assessed through formative and summative examinations, class tests, group project work, fieldwork and coursework.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, theories and principles of a range of science topics.
2. Demonstrate a knowledge of mathematical facts, principles and statistical techniques relevant to a variety of discipline areas and use them to solve real life problems.
3. Analyse and combine information from a variety of sources and apply science concepts to practical situations and topical issues.
4. 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.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students’ knowledge and understanding is developed through lectures, seminars, tutorials, group-work, laboratory classes, presentations and report writing.

Methods of Assessment

Students will be assessed through formative and summative examinations, class tests, group project work, fieldwork and coursework.

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.
2. Demonstrate competence in a range of appropriate practical techniques and skills relevant to science.
3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate scientific ideas in a range of formats, including formal scientific reporting.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students’ subject specific skills are developed through lectures, seminars, tutorials, group-work, presentations and report writing.

Methods of Assessment

Students will be assessed through formative and summative examinations, class tests, group project work, fieldwork and coursework.

Module Information

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits

Availability

Duration Pre-requisite

Assessment

S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
Foundation Physics IFYF008 1 30 YES YES 18 weeks N -- YES 40% 0% 60%
Foundation Mathematics (Business, Science, Engineering and Architecture) IFYF019 1 30 YES YES 18 weeks N YES -- 40% 0% 60%
Foundation Biology IFYF010 1 30 YES YES 18 weeks N -- YES 40% 0% 60%
Further Mathematics for Engineering and Science IFYF015 1 30 YES YES 18 weeks N -- YES 40% 0% 60%
English Language and Study Skills IFYF001 1 30 YES YES 18 weeks N YES -- 40% 0% 60%
Foundation Chemistry IFYF009 1 30 YES YES 18 weeks N -- YES 40% 0% 60%

Notes

Please note that the British Council accredits the ELSS module for this programme.