First Year Programming

First Year Students

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  • Study a total of 30.0 units over the course of the year (the equivalent of 5 courses, or 15 units each term) from the wide range of courses on offer.

  • Participate in course-specific experiential and active learning opportunities (EALs), usually two each term per subject. Your embedded experiential learning usually takes place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the term, essentially meaning your regular classes run Monday through Thursday. (Some EALs, such as guest speakers, poster presentations or film screenings take place on site, taking advantage of the Castle's extensive grounds and facilities. Experiential and active learning beyond the Castle includes visits to a variety of sites of interest such as world-famous museums, unique archives, public debates and performances, festivals, and historic sites.)

  • Take part in extended embedded experiential and active learning during Mid-Term Trips (MTTs) to important cities in the UK. In the past students have visited London, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Oxford.

  • Feel the benefit of small seminar group sizes, with an average class size of 14, and close interaction with our high-quality faculty.

  • Have every opportunity to become actively involved in campus life and to gain experiences outside the classroom. Get involved in a vibrant co-curricular program of performance and creativity!

  • Be able to rely on extensive academic and personal support from the many student-focussed services on campus, such as our dedicated onsite Residence Life Manager and Student Services Team.

  • Develop academically and personally.  Become more confident as a student and as someone who knows they can be effective and proactive in the world.

  • Start planning ahead. In second year, you can go on to specialize in one or more subject areas. This is often intensive study in one subject, known as a Major, but you can include the option of less intense study in a secondary subject, the Minor. At Queen’s, these different options are known as Plans of Study, and there are over 2000 combinations possible. Our First Year Program is deliberately interdisciplinary, with close contact with your professors, covering a wide range of expertise, so that you can choose the Plan of Study that works for you!

First Year Arts & Social Sciences

First Year Arts & Social Sciences

  • Work closely with a diverse, international faculty who are invested in your growth and success.

  • Small classes spark debate and allow you to have your ideas heard.

  • Our core first year courses, BADR100/101 blend elements of history, geography, film studies and sociology, opening up multiple degree plan options for your second year.

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First Year Science

  • Develop your laboratory skills, and learn to be proficient in the use of technical equipment and scientific instruments.

  • Perform hands-on experiments under the guidance of our experienced faculty using the 500-acre Castle Estate as a living laboratory.

  • Learn to analyse and evaluate information, including statistical analysis of scientific data, developing problem-solving skills for both quantitative and qualitative problems.

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First Year Science

First Year Health Sciences

First Year Health Sciences

  • Start you BHSc - and dive into courses related to human health from the perspectives of biomedical and social sciences in your first year.

  • Take advantage of the blended learning approach that they would get at the Kingston campus, but on a smaller-scale, allowing for even more opportunity for discussion with classmates and instructors.

  • Make use of the Anatomy Facility at the University of Sussex/Brighton Medical School.

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First Year Concurrent Education

  • Fulfil your practicums alongside your regular classes, experiencing all the benefits of our unique interdisciplinary program.

  • Gain international experience to set yourself apart from your peers, taking part in observations at local primary and secondary schools.

  • Gather invaluable insights from Head Teachers and experienced mentors.

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First Year Concurrent Education

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