FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Pathway Opportunity Programme?

The PATHWAY programme is a route for talented young people from Northern Ireland who have the ability to study at Queen's University but may require additional support and encouragement to reach their full potential.

Throughout Year 13 and 14, you will benefit from a structured series of events designed to aid progression to Queen's University, including receiving admissions guidance and support. You will also participate in a residential assessed summer school at the end of Year 13. Participants who successfully complete the programme will benefit with a guaranteed conditional offer in a course within their Pathway and potentially benefit from receiving an alternative admissions offer for a programme of study at Queen's University, which may be up to two A-level grades lower than the standard offer.

Queen's University has selected six discipline specific course streams as part of the PATHWAY programme:

  • Archaeology and Palaeoecology
  • Business
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Food, Microbiology and Environment
  • Law

What will the Pathway Opportunity Programme involve?

PATHWAY participants will take part in a series of workshops, masterclasses and seminars which will be delivered either on campus or online via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Participants will complete an assessed summer school which will take place in July 2017 for five nights on the Queen's campus. The summer school is a residential event with all participants expected to stay on campus for the duration of the summer school. Participants must successfully complete all elements of the programme to be eligible for any potential reduction in undergraduate admission offer.

Am I eligible for a place on the Pathway Opportunity Programme?

Section A

  • Applicants must be ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland and be in attendance full-time at a school or college in Northern Ireland.
  • Be currently in year 1 of an acceptable two-year level 3 qualification* such as A-levels, BTEC etc.
  • Have at least 7 grades A*-C at GCSE (or equivalent e.g. BTEC certificate) including English Language. Of these 7 GCSEs, a minimum of 5 must be at grade B or above.

In addition to the above criteria in section A, we are looking for students who meet at least two of the following:

Section B

  • Neither of your parents have attended university and obtained an undergraduate degree or equivalent level qualification in the UK or abroad unless they are currently studying for their first degree, or they have graduated from their first degree within the last five years.
  • You are eligible to receive/currently in receipt of free school meals (FSM) at your school or college.
  • You receive Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) at your school or college.
  • You live in a 'disadvantaged neighbourhood' according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. This will be defined by your permanent residence postcode.
  • You are currently in the care of or have previously experienced Local Authority Care.

How can I apply for a place on the Pathway Opportunity Programme?

Applications for the PATHWAY programme can be completed and submitted online at www.qub.ac.uk/wpu . The deadline for applications is 9 December 2016. Incomplete/applications received after this date will not be accepted.

Are the subjects I am studying accepted by my chosen course pathway?

Queen's University Belfast accepts a wide range of qualifications and subjects. To find out more about specific entrance requirements for each individual course pathway, please refer to http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Course-Finder/ Entrance requirements vary between courses and are subject to change.

Am I guaranteed a reduced offer upon successful completion of the Pathway Opportunity Programme?

All participants who complete the programme are guaranteed a conditional offer for their chosen course pathway. Based on their performance on the assessed residential programme students may receive an offer with reduced entrance requirements, which may be up to two A-level grades (or equivalent) lower than the standard undergraduate admissions requirements for that course.

How many places are available on the Pathway Opportunity Programme?

There are 120 places available for the 2018 Pathway programme.

Will participating in the Pathway Opportunity Programme cost me anything?

All costs for the programme including travel, accommodation and catering costs will be covered by Queen's University as part of its commitment to Widening Participation.

When is the deadline for submission of applications?

For the 2018 programme, all applications must be submitted online by midnight on Friday 08 December 2017.  The deadline for applications for the 2019 programme will be in late November 2018.

What if I have been offered a place, but I am no longer able to attend?

If you are unable to take up your place, please contact the Widening Participation Unit on 028 9097 5020 or email pop@qub.ac.uk

Why are there only six course pathways accessible through the Pathway Opportunity Programme?

There are currently six course pathways to choose from. These courses have clear progression routes to employment and further study. It is anticipated that further subject pathways will be added for the 2019 programme.

Do I need to be resident for the duration of the summer school?

All participants must be resident for the duration of the summer school to facilitate engagement with the programme and in particular the assessment component. If you have exceptional circumstances that may prevent you from taking part in the residential element, please contact the Widening Participation Unit on 028 9097 5020 or email pop@qub.ac.uk

Where will I stay while at the summer school?

During the summer residentail, students will be staying at Queen's Elms Village, Malone Road, Belfast (QUB Student Accommodation), where each participant in the programme will have their own bedroom with private bathroom for the duration of the residential. All accommodation and catering costs will be paid for by Queen's University.

Will I have any free time while at the summer school?

Free time will vary depending on the Pathway subject, as the coursework for each subject will be delivered differently. Learning activities are scheduled from 9:30am until 4:30pm with dinner every evening at or around 6:00pm. There will be plenty of opportunities  to socialise with other participants during the evenings while at the summer residential through group activities which usually run from 7.00pm until 10.00pm.

What will the assessment undertaken at the summer residential involve?

The assessment will vary depending on Pathway subject, and may involve undertaking research, reading articles, writing a report or essay, undertaking group work exercises, or delivering a presentation.

I have already submitted my application, and need to make changes to it. What do I do?

If you need to make any changes to your application, please contact the Widening Participation team on 028 9097 5020 or email pop@qub.ac.uk

What do I do if I am not successful in gaining a place on the Pathway opportunity Programme?

Even if you have not been successful in gaining a place on the PATHWAY programme, we strongly encourage you to apply to study at Queen's University through the UCAS system. Your application will be treated in the same way as all other UCAS applications.

Do I have to apply to Queen's University after doing this programme?

No, you may decide that Queen's University is not for you after completing this programme and can apply to any University you choose. However you will only qualify for the guaranteed offer if you make Queen's University your firm choice (CF) with UCAS in one of the specified courses in your Pathway subject. You will be given more in depth guidance about the UCAS process during the scheme.

Course Codes

Archaeology and Palaeoecology

Description Course Code Short Name Long Name
Archaeology and Palaeoecology V402 BA Archaeology
  V4R1 BA Archaeology with French
  V4R5 BA Archaeology with Portuguese
  V4R4 BA Archaeology with Spanish
  VV41 BA Archaeology and History 
  VQ45 BA Archaeology and Irish
  V400 BSc Archaeology-Palaeoecology
  VF48 BSc Archaeology-Palaeoecology and Geography

Business

Description Course Code Short Name Long Name
Accounting N400 BSc Accounting
  N4R1 BSc Accounting with French
  N4R4 BSc Accounting with Spanish
Economics L100 BSc Economics
  L110 BSc Business Economics
  L1N3 BSc Economics with Finance
  LN14 BSc Economics and Accounting
  L1R1 BSc Economics with French
  L1R4 BSc Economics with Spanish
Business Management N201 BSc Business Management
International Business with a Language N1R1 BSc International Business with French
  N1R4 BSc International Business with Spanish
  N2R2 BSc International Business with German
  N1R9 BSc International Business with Mandarin

Civil Engineering

Description Course Code Short Name Long Name
Civil Engineering H200 BEng Civil Engineering
  H204 BEng Civil Engineering with Professional Experience

Computer Science

Description Course Code Short Name Long Name
Computer Science G400 BSc/CSC Computer Science including Professional Experience
  G402 MEng/CSC Computer Science
  G404 BEng/CSC Computer Science including Professional Experience
  G405 MEng/CSCS Computer Science including Professional Experience
  G602 MEng/SFW Software Engineering
  G604 BEng/SFW4 Software Engineering
  G605 MEng/SFW5 Software Engineering
  GG45 BSc/CIT Computing and Information Technology

Food, Microbiology and Environment

Description Course Code Short Name Long Name
Biological Sciences C100 BSc/BSC Biological Sciences
  C102 MSci/BSC Biological Sciences
  C104 BSc/BSC4 Biological Sciences with Professional Studies
  C105 MSci/BSC5 Biological Sciences with Professional Studies
  C160 BSc/MAR Marine Biology
  C162 MSci/MAR Marine Biology
  C164 BSc/MAR4 Marine Biology with Professional Studies
  C165 MSci/MAR5 Marine Biology with Professional Studies
  C300 BSc/ZOO Zoology
  C301 BSc/ZOO4 Zoology with Professional Studies
  C302 MSci/ZOO Zoology
  C305 MSci/ZOO5 Zoology with Professional Studies
  C500 BSc/MCB Microbiology
  C502 MSci/MCB Microbiology
  C504 BSc/MCBP Microbiology with Professional Studies
  C505 MSci/MCB5 Microbiology with Professional Studies
  C700 BSc/BCH Biochemistry
  C702 MSci/BCH Biochemistry
  C704 BSc/BCH4 Biochemistry with Professional Studies
  C705 MSci/BCH5 Biochemistry with Professional Studies
Agri-Food and Land Use BD46 MSci/FQSNS Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition with Professional Studies
  BDK6 BSc/FQSN4 Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition with Professional Studies
  D470 BSc/AGT Agricultural Technology with Professional Studies
  D473 BSc/AGT3 Agricultural Technology
  D990 MSci/FSFS Food Science and Food Security
  D991 MSci/FSFS5 Food Science and Food Security with Professional Studies
  DB64 MSci/FQSN Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition
  DB6K BSc/FQSN Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition
  F850 BSc/ENVMGT Environmental Management
  F854 BSc/ENVMG4 Environmental Management with Professional Studies

Law

Description Course Code Short Name Long Name
Law M100 LLB/LAW Law
Law with Politics M1L2 LLB/LAWPOL Law with Politics
Common and Civil Law with French M2R1 LLB/LAWFRE Common and Civil Law with French
Common and Civil Law with Hispanic Studies M2R4 LLB/LAWHSP Common and Civil Law with Hispanic Studies