International Year One in Architecture



Preparing students for direct entry to Year 2 of a professionally-accredited undergraduate architecture degree 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

  • Classes are taught in the stimulating environment of the Architecture Studio set in a historic building.
  • An open design-studio culture, with emphasis on the development of manual creativity and design skills.
  • Practical learning introduces students to construction materials and technologies, research methods and computer-aided drawing.
  • Demonstrate imaginative design responses to user needs within a natural and/or built context through practical projects.

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


Certificate of Higher Education (FHEQ Level 4) from Newcastle University.


Teaching methods

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

Why Newcastle University?

  • Attend degree shows, public lectures and research workshops.
  • Strong design culture in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape with access to studios 24/7.
  • Insight into the real world of architecture through visits from external architects.

Student success

100% Passed
97% Eligible

Take a look at our student progression results in International Year One 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

Satisfactory completion of A-levels, a recognised Foundation programme, first year of an overseas university degree programme with good grades, or equivalent. You will be required to provide a portfolio as part of the application. This should document your experiences and the expertise you have gained in previous studies. It should demonstrate a range of core skills and a basic understanding of architecture.

English language entry requirements

3 Terms: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing) or equivalent.

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

Architectural Design 1

20 Credits

Architectural Design 2

20 Credits

Architecture History and Theory

20 Credits

Architecture Technology

20 Credits

English for Academic Purposes

20 Credits


 =  Placement option available
 =  Study abroad option available

Degree subject

Final level %

English level %

Additional requirements

Architecture and Urban Planning-BA (Hons)



No less than 50% in each module.

Architecture-BA (Hons)



Architectural Design 1 and Architectural Design 2 (60% average) with no less than 50% in each module