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Architecture International Foundation

This design-led course prepares you for your undergraduate degree in Architecture at Newcastle University. This course is full time for 3 or 4 terms.

Course overview

Interested in progressing to Year 1 of a RIBA-accredited Architecture or RTPI-accredited Planning degree? 

This course introduces you to an explorative and creative route into architecture. You will explore key aspects of architecture such as space, materiality and aesthetic qualities.

This course is suitable if you:

  • need to improve your English language study skills within the context of architecture
  • want to increase your subject knowledge of architecture

Expand your skills and knowledge on various projects and tasks including:

  • from two to three dimensions
  • sketching and drawing
  • constructing physical models

You will also learn how to research, analyse and present your work effectively thanks to your improved language and communication skills.
Successful completion of this programme will lead to you being awarded our International Foundation Certificate (RQF Level 3).


You're guaranteed a place on one of our designated undergraduate degrees at Newcastle if you successfully complete the International Foundation in Architecture.

As a successful pathway student, you’ll have access to a number of Newcastle progression options. Each progression option will follow a specific pathway and specific requirements for both English/study skills and overall grade. You’ll also find some courses have specific requirements, such as:

  • successfully completing an interview;
  • having previously studied a relevant discipline;
  • having previously completed a degree; or
  • having IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in English language

Your progression options:

  • Architecture BA Honours (K100)
  • Architecture and Urban Planning BA Honours (K190)
  • Urban Planning BA Honours (K421)
  • Master of Planning MPlan Honours (K400)

Highlights of this degree

Modules and learning

The module and programme information below is for 2023/2024 entry.

Careers and employability

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

96% of our 2017 UK-domiciled UG/PG graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

85.5% of our graduates are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

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.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Find out more about careers and employability at Newcastle University.

Entry requirements

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 2024 entry.

Fees and funding

We offer International Foundation Scholarships to a limited number of gifted students.

Find more information about Fees, Costs and Scholarships.