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Kings has a formal progression agreement from the Advanced Level Foundation to Queen's University Belfast

A member of the prestigious Russell Group, and the ninth oldest university in the UK, Queen’s is based in the very heart of Belfast. Its historic campus and the surrounding conservation area are complemented with outstanding modern facilities for education and research. Over the last 10 years the University has invested £350 million in developing world-class facilities and plans to invest a further £350 million over the next decade.

Queen's University Belfast acknowledges the Kings' Advanced Level Foundation as equivalent to A-levels, providing students with an alternative pathway to higher education. Students who meet the specified foundation grades are offered a place at the university, giving them the opportunity to pursue their academic goals and excel in their chosen field.

Key Facts


  • #31 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
  • #50 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2024
  • #27 in the Complete University Guide 2024
  • #1 for Dentistry and Agriculture and Forestry, #2 for Pharmacology and Pharmacy, and Social Work, #3 for Celtic Studies and Food Science, #4 for Medicine and Animal Science (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024)

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 15,500

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • 5,000

Year founded

  • 1845

  • In REF 2021, 99% of Queen’s research environment was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • The University has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize on six occasions - the most recent being for world-class achievement in global cyber security.  
  • The University has created four new flagship Global Research Institutes which bring leading academics together to tackle some of the greatest global challenges of our time in the areas of: Global Peace, Security and Justice; Cyber Security; Health Sciences; and Food Safety. 
Kings alumni at Queen's University Belfast

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