This design-led course prepares you for your undergraduate degree in Architecture at Newcastle University.
- need to improve your English language study skills within the context of architecture
- want to increase your subject knowledge of architecture
- from two to three dimensions
- sketching and drawing
- constructing physical models
Course optionsCourse options
There are two course options available:
- International Foundation (3 terms) – this is the standard option
- Extended International Foundation (4 terms) – this features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
- 4th in the UK for research power and intensity – Research Excellence Framework 2014
- 6th in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2019
- 7th in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
- top 100 – Architecture category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018
- top 200 – Arts and Humanities category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 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
Architecture, Culture and History (20 credits)Architecture, Culture and History (20 credits)
This module introduces the historical background and cultural context of architecture, providing an overview of developments and particularities of the UK in their cultural context.
You will gain a basic understanding of urban development and an introduction to relevant theories and philosophies that have informed and influenced architecture and urban development.
You will be introduced to some of the most significant architectural periods, enabling you to recognise architectural styles and their historical context. Field-tasks allow you to exercise the acquired skills and knowledge.
The module is linked to Introduction to Architecture and will help develop your personal thought framework for design.
English for Academic Purposes (40 credits)English for Academic Purposes (40 credits)
This module is designed to help you develop your skills and confidence in academic English. Four key skill areas are developed in an integrated and task-oriented way:
The module will encourage you to take responsibility for your learning and a lot of emphasis is placed on:
- private study
- student research
- student-led presentations
- seminar discussions
- 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 focuses on practical professional skills such as sketching, documenting and drawing as well as on communication and presentation skills, both manual and digital.
This is complemented by an introduction to research methods, with particular emphasis on precedent studies in support of design projects.
Introduction to Architecture 1 and 2 (40 credits)Introduction to Architecture 1 and 2 (40 credits)
Introduction to Architecture 1
This module introduces students to the foundational elements of architectural design through lectures, study trips, design projects, tutorials and skills workshops.
The conveyed content is intended to stimulate and strengthen personal interests in architecture, develop general design skills and promote a comprehensive understanding of architecture and its contexts.
Introduction to Architecture 2
This module aims to sharpen and test the knowledge gained during semester 1 through a small-scale architectural design project.
Students learn to apply basic principles of site analysis, considering the environmental, social and cultural implications of architectural intervention. Basic construction methods are introduced, and students gain a deeper understanding of materiality, scale and form.
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 programme.
Whilst your grades in the Foundation programme 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 programme from your teachers. You will also be assessed via a combination of examinations at the end of each semester and coursework including
- a design portfolio
- design project
- sketch books
- written essays
- practical exercises
- group and individual research projects
- bibliographical searches
- oral and video presentations
- problem solving
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 2019 entry.
Academic requirementsAcademic requirements
You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with very good grades to study architecture in the UK.
English requirementsEnglish requirements
Three term: a minimum of IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 4.5 in any subskill) or an equivalent score
Four term: a minimum of IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in all subskills) 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 illustrate your genuine interest in architecture. It must:
- include at least 12 annotated pieces of work (sketches, drawings, photographs of models, art work etc.)
- be on A3 sheets (see portfolio guidelines below),
- include title and contents page and a personal statement (300 words).
Portfolio Categories: There are three compulsory categories - 'Where I live', 'What I do' and 'What I want to be'. Within these categories there are mandatory and optional elements. Additionally, you are free to add another personal category and/or whatever pieces of work you consider important to illustrate your talents and skills.
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.
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:
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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.
95% of our 2016 UK-domiciled graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Of our graduates who entered employment more than three quarters (78%) achieved 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.
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
Accommodation is not included in the fees. View your INTO Newcastle accommodation options.
We offer International Foundation 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.