International Foundation in Architecture



Preparing students for direct entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree in Architecture at Newcastle University.

On campus and online study options
This program is available to study either on campus or online – giving students the flexibility to choose what’s best for them.

If your student starts online, they’ll have the opportunity to transfer to an on-campus program the following term. They’ll need to meet any visa requirements and demonstrate good attendance and performance during their studies online.

If your student applies for an Online Extended program, they’ll be offered an Online Academic English plus online or on-campus academic pathway study plan.

Key information

  • Creative skills are developed through a range of projects, from drawing to scaled modelling.
  • Classes are taught in the stimulating environment of the Architecture Studio set in a historic building.
  • The design portfolio project allows students to showcase their skills, personality and creativity.
  • Field trips allow students to be inspired by studying famous buildings.

Fast facts

Class duration

Typically held Monday to Friday between 08.00 - 19.00 excluding bank holidays. However, there may be instances where classes need to be held outside these times due to unforeseen circumstances.

Class Size

Maximum class size for English language teaching 18


International Foundation Certificate (RQF Level 3) from Newcastle University.


Teaching methods

  • Lectures.
  • Seminars.
  • Workshops.
  • Group projects and presentations.
  • Practical exercises.

Why Newcastle University?

  • Option to progress to BA (Hons) Architecture which is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and provides exemption from the RIBA Part I examination.
  • Strong design culture in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape with access to studios 24/7.
  • Opportunities to undertake field trips in the UK and Europe to see how theory has been applied in practice.

Student success

100% Passed
100% Eligible

Take a look at our student progression results in International Foundation in Architecture for 2018-19.

Passed: % of those who completed their pathway

Eligible: % eligible to progress to Newcastle University of those who passed

Start Dates September January
Program length 3 Terms

Entry requirements

Age requirement


Academic requirements

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades. You will be expected to provide a portfolio as part of the application. Your portfolio should demonstrate core skills and illustrate your genuine interest in architecture.

English language entry requirements

3 Terms: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 4.5 in any subskill) or equivalent. Some exclusions exist.

Dates & fees

September 2022 start
(3 Terms)

Mon 26 September 2022 - Fri 16 December 2022
Mon 9 January 2023 - Fri 31 March 2023
Mon 17 April 2023 - Fri 16 June 2023

January 2023 start
(3 Terms)

Mon 9 January 2023 - Fri 31 March 2023
Mon 17 April 2023 - Fri 9 June 2023
Mon 12 June 2023 - Fri 8 September 2023


A total of 120 credits must be earnt to successfully complete the pathway programme.

Term 1 modules

Credit value

Architectural Communication

20 Credits

Architecture, Culture and History

20 Credits

English for Academic Purposes

40 Credits

Introduction to Architecture 1

20 Credits

Introduction to Architecture 2

20 Credits


 =  Placement option available
 =  Study abroad option available

Degree subject

Final level %

English level %

Additional requirements

Architecture and Urban Planning-BA (Hons)



Architecture-BA (Hons)



Architecture 1 and Architecture 2 (60% average)

Urban Planning-BA (Hons)