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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 15.9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 15.9k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 594pts.
  • Duration:
  • 9 months


    The International Foundation in Architecture is a design-led programme preparing you for your Bachelors degree in Architecture at Newcastle University

    Develop the English and design skills you need to succeed in Architecture at the University of Newcastle.

    Why apply for the international foundation programme?

    • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
    • full university status
    • a quality assured university programme
    • a campus based programme with access to university facilities
    • a conditional offer of a place on the first year of a relevant undergraduate
      degree at Newcastle University
    • professional support and guidance with university applications
    • multiple start dates
    • the highest levels of personal care and support

    Course length: 3 - 4 terms (9 - 11 months)

    When can I start?

    • June 2014 start (4 term)

    Term 1: Mon 30 Jun 2014 to Fri 05 Sep 2014
    Term 2: Mon 22 Sep 2014 to Fri 12 Dec 2014
    Term 3: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 27 Mar 2015
    Term 4:Mon 13 Apr 2015 to Fri 12 Jun 2015


    • September 2014 start (4 term)

    Term 1: Mon 22 Sep 2014 to Fri 05 Dec 2014
    Term 2: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 27 Mar 2015
    Term 3: Mon 13 Apr 2015 to Fri 12 Jun 2015
    Term 4:Mon 15 Jun 2015 to Fri 04 Sep 2015


    • September 2014 start (3 term)

    Term 1: Mon 22 Sep 2014 to Fri 12 Dec 2014
    Term 2: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 27 Mar 2015
    Term 3:Mon 13 Apr 2015 to Fri 12 Jun 2015


    • January 2015 start (3 term)

    Term 1: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 27 Mar 2015
    Term 2: Mon 13 Apr 2015 to Fri 12 Jun 2015
    Term 3: Mon 15 Jun 2015 to Fri 04 Sep 2015


    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline We're happy to accept students right up to when our courses begin, as long as there are places available Tuition fee
    • GBP 15900 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 15900 Year (Non-EEA)

    Tuition fees do not include:

    • enrolment fee - an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation) ;
    • text books - an additional charge in the region of £180 per academic course (3 terms), £240 per academic course (4 terms) ;
    • lab fee - an additional £350 per year fee to cover the use of laboratory facilities (only applicable to science-based courses)
    Start date January,June,September 2015 Duration full-time 9 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible

    Course Content

    You will study the following modules:

    Introduction to Architecture: Portfolio and Design Project

    • These modules consist of a series of studies on architecture styles and themes, which culminate in the presentation and assessment of a design portfolio. There is also a tutorial- led design project focusing on the planning, location and design of a small building. This will be assessed at the end of the module. During studio time, in a dedicated architecture studio, your practical skills in sketching, drawing and model making will be trained and developed. Lectures and workshops provide an introduction into basic architectural design and building construction. Practical studio tasks and study trips to interesting places will provide you with inspiration and materials for your portfolio.

    English for Academic Purposes

    • Four key skill areas are covered: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The aim is to prepare you to be able to operate successfully in an undergraduate study environment.

    Study Skills and Project

    • The skills covered will include: personal and time organisation, library and information skills, using and interpreting data, team working skills, problem solving skills, examination and revision techniques, presentation skills and avoiding plagiarism. You'll also learn core ICT (Information Communication Technology) skills.

    Introduction to British Institutions and Culture

    • This module will provide a broad introduction to British institutions and culture to enable students to understand the broader contexts of business, humanities and social science subjects in a UK university. Topics covered may include: local and national government and politics, legal institutions, geography and sociology of the UK and the North East, business in the UK, and the UK education system.

    How will I be assessed?

    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
    • reports
    • practical exercises
    • group and individual research projects
    • bibliographical searches
    • oral and video presentations
    • problem solving


    If you have completed secondary school education in your home country, the International Foundation programme provides academic preparation for first year entry and ensures that you meet the minimum English language requirement for entry to your chosen undergraduate degree programme. In some circumstances you may be able to enrol on the Foundation programme in order to change your specialist subject.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 5

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    Academic 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.

    For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us.

    English requirements:

    Four term: a minimum of IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in all subskills) or an equivalent score

    Three term: a minimum of IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or an equivalent score

    We can also accept Pearson (PTE). Please contact us for further details.

    If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for English for University Study.

    Portfolio 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.) on A 3 sheets (see portfolio guidelines below), title and contents page and a personal statement (300 words).

    Portfolio Categories:
    There are three compulsory categories: ‘Where I live’ – ‘What I do’ – ‘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.

    View the Foundation in Architecture portfolio guidelines.

    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.


    17 years and above

    All students commencing courses on a published September start date must be 17 years old by 31st December of that calendar year. For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old on the published start date of the course.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Newcastle University.



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    If you have a strong academic record you will have the opportunity to apply for an INTO scholarship. These recognise those that have worked hard to join us and have the potential to go on to study at the highest levels. Every study centre offers scholarships and each application is considered with great care.

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