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International Foundation Programme in Architecture

International Foundation Courses

Course outline

The International Foundation Programmes are designed for students, whose school leaving qualifications gained in their home country are not suitable for direct entry to a British university undergraduate degree. The course is at Level 3, which is equivalent to A-Level standard.

Our International Foundation Programmes were developed in association with the University of Nottingham, but they are widely accepted by many British universities, so the university you progress to is entirely your own choice.

In China, our Foundation Programmes are marketed by our Chinese Partner under the brand name ‘University First’.

This course is designed to provide you with the specialist skills and knowledge you will need to progress to a degree in Architecture or a related subject. 

You will study the following modules:

  • Art (40%)
  • Physics (15%)
  • Mathematics (15%)
  • Architectural Context (10%)
  • Information Technology (10%)
  • EFL (10%)

The percentage indicates the contribution of the module towards the final grade. The first ten weeks of the course will also include intensive Art Studies Preparation classes.

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Central College Nottingham, Beeston High Road, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 4AH

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International Foundation in Architecture - equivalent to NQF Level 3.


3 terms, starting in September

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

The general entry requirements for our Foundation Programmes are as follows:

  • To have completed 12 years of high school with good school leaving qualifications, including relevant subjects (please ask for the specific entry requirements for your country).
  • A satisfactory portolio must be submitted - please refer to the Portfolio Requirements.
  • For September start: English language at IELTS 5.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.0 in Writing and Reading; 4.5 in Listening and Speaking.

Please note that the IELTS qualification must be a SELT (Secure English Language Test). Alternative SELT qualifications, i.e. Trinity, are also acceptable.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is on-going, through coursework and examinations. The proportion of coursework and examinations for each module is as follows:

  • Art: 100% coursework
  • Physics: 50% examination 50% coursework
  • Maths: 100% examination
  • Architectural Context: 100% coursework
  • EFL: 100% coursework
  • IT: 100% coursework

Examination fees for the above module examinations are included in the course fees.

The College also arranges optional IELTS tests twice per year, for which an examination fee is payable. As a guide, the 2016 fee was £150 for the standard IELTS test offered in the College. For the SELT IELTS test taken externally at a UKVI Approved SELT Centre the price is higher (approximately £200).


On completion of the course students can progress to degrees such as Architecture or Architecture and Environmental Design.

Many students choose to apply to the University of Nottingham and some students choose to apply to other universities which have accepted our Architecture Foundation for progression, including Cardiff, Liverpool, Reading and Sheffield

As a guide, most universities will require a Distinction grade and a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 for entry to their degrees

Additional information

Hours per week:

The academic year is divided into terms and includes some holidays when no classes will take place - please see our ‘Term Dates’ page for full details of non-teaching days.

Course dates:

6 September 2016 - 29 June 2017 (3 terms)


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