This course prepares you for the second year of your undergraduate degree in Architecture at Newcastle University.
Interested in progressing to Year 2 of a RIBA-accredited Architecture or RTPI-accredited Planning degree?
This course covers functional, aesthetic and technical aspects of architecture and how to implement this in your designs. You will use computer-aided drawing, but the emphasis is on manual creativity and design skills.
This course is suitable if you:
- need to improve your English language study skills within the context of architecture
- want guidance and advice on developing your architecture ideas
Expand your skills and knowledge in various areas through:
- sketching, drawing and model making
- a comprehensive design project and the development of an architectural portfolio
- studying world architecture in its historic context
You'll also learn how to research, analyse and present your work effectively. Successful completion of this course will lead to you being awarded our Certificate of Higher Education (FHEQ Level 4).
You can read our INTO Newcastle Architecture Yearbook 2015/16 to see the work our students produced.
Course optionsCourse options
There are two course options available:
- International Year One (3 terms) – this is the standard option
- Extended International Year One (4 terms) – this features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
Architecture at Newcastle is ranked:
- 5th in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2018
- 7th in the UK in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
Our purpose built INTO Newcastle centre will provide you with everything you need to study with us including a brand new Architecture studio.
Find out more about our facilities on our International Preparation Course website.
This course is brought to you by INTO Newcastle University. We're in partnership with INTO to provide diverse study options for international students. For more information see our International Preparation Courses website.
Choosing this course means that you'll get:
- a quality-assured university course
- full Newcastle University status
- a guaranteed offer on a designated undergraduate degree at Newcastle
- a campus-based course with access to university facilities
- active learning in your subject areas with guidance on appropriate study methods
- a very supportive study environment
Modules for 2017/18 entry
Architectural Design 1 (20 credits)Architectural Design 1 (20 credits)
This module aims to develop a contextual and technological understanding of design processes. You will practise transferable skills such as sketching, drawing and model making and develop the necessary design skills and understanding to:
- interpret design briefs
- develop designs according to user requirements, related building regulations and technological standards
- understand and interpret the ergonomic, environmental and economic implications of architectural design
Architectural Design 2 (20 credits)Architectural Design 2 (20 credits)
Architecture History and Theory (20 credits)Architecture History and Theory (20 credits)
This module provides a general overview of world architecture in its historic context.
You will be introduced to a selection of historically and culturally significant architectural developments. You will discuss what makes them significant, and will learn to make comparisons between architectural works across cultures and periods.
You will also learn to recognise archetypal forms in architecture and how these were shaped by technological, social, economic, geographic and cultural forces.
Architecture Technology (20 credits)Architecture Technology (20 credits)
Through this module, you will learn to describe and explain the properties of common building materials, structures and constructions.
You will be introduced to the implications of sustainable design and the economic effects of materials and structural decisions.
You will also develop technological knowledge and understanding for the most common construction methods, materials and their properties.
English for Academic Purposes (20 credits)English for Academic Purposes (20 credits)
This module focuses on academic writing and the development of your critical reading skills. This is part of the preparation stage for exam and assignment writing.
Spoken English and listening skills are developed in all classes by the extensive use of discussion tasks in pairs and group work.
Architectural Communication (20 credits)Architectural Communication (20 credits)
This module aims to enable students to process, transform and communicate information in support of design projects and culminating in an architectural portfolio.
The module introduces students to practical skills such as measuring, surveying, documenting, observation and analytical sketching, and orthographic drawing, as well as communication and presentation skills.
You will also be introduced to computer aided design (CAD), three-dimensional modelling and other industry-standard software.
Teaching and assessmentTeaching and assessment
- 21 hours per week minimum
- Maximum of 16 students per class for English language teaching
- 17 years and above
Entry to all honours degrees at Newcastle University is highly competitive, and students hoping to progress to Newcastle must maintain high standards throughout their course.
Whilst your grades in the Year One course do not count towards the final degree, your performance will be used to determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for direct entry to your chosen degree at the University. Assessment is both formal and informal.
Informally you will be given advice and feedback throughout your course from your teachers, enabling you to build on your successes and meet the requirements for entry to the second year of a degree. You will also be assessed via a combination of examinations at the end of each semester and coursework including:
- written assignments
- practical exercises
- group and individual research projects
- problem-solving exercises
To study on this course you need to meet the following entry requirements.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis.
If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered.
The entrance requirements below apply to 2018 entry.
Academic requirementsAcademic requirements
Satisfactory completion of A levels, a recognised Foundation programme, first year of overseas university degree programme with good grades, or equivalent.
English requirementsEnglish requirements
Three term: a minimum of IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing) or an equivalent score
Four term: a minimum of IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing) or an equivalent score
If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for Academic English.
Portfolio requirementsPortfolio requirements
You will be expected to provide a portfolio as part of the application. The portfolio should demonstrate core skills and an understanding of architecture. It must:
- include at least 12 annotated pieces of work (sketches, drawings, photographs of models, art work)
- be on A3 sheets (see portfolio guidelines below)
- include title and contents page and a personal statement (300 words)
- Previous Study: the portfolio should include at least 3 pieces of work from your previous studies, such as technical drawings, essays, projects and case studies.
- Design Skills: there should be at least one very recent piece of work demonstrating your potential design skills, such as sculptural design, object design or even a small landscape or garden arrangement.
- Technical Skills: you should provide evidence of technical skills such as sketching, drawing and physical model making with scaled drawings, perspectives and models.
Portfolios that do not comply with these guidelines will not be considered suitable for entry and applicants will be required to resubmit. Portfolio review takes place throughout the year.
You need to be 17 years old, or older. If you want to start this course in September then you must be 17 by 31 December.
For all other start dates, you must be 17 years old by the time the course starts.
This course leads to the second year of the following undergraduate degrees at Newcastle University:
What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices
See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.
The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.
Careers and employability at Newcastle
Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.
94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.
We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.
Fees & Funding
June 2018 start (4 terms) £24,250
September 2018 start (4 terms) £24,400
September 2018 start (3 terms) £19,500
January 2019 start (3 terms) £19,500
The above tuition fees do not include the following.
An extra charge of £150 per academic course, charged on confirmation.
The cost of your text books varies depending on how many terms you study:
- 3 terms will cost approximately £210 per academic course
- 4 terms will cost approximately £270 per academic course
An extra charge of £400 per year fee for art-based courses.
Accommodation is not included in the fees. View your INTO Newcastle accommodation options.
We offer International Year One Scholarships to a limited number of gifted students.
Visit our International Preparation Course website for more details.
How to apply
To apply online visit our INTO application form.
You can also contact us in a variety of ways.