International Foundation Year in Architecture, Arts and Design

Program overview
6-9 months
Foundation / Pathway program
Scholarships available

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About this program

International Foundation Year in Architecture, Arts and Design

Gain Guaranteed University Entry!

If you have recently completed your local secondary education, the NCUK International Foundation Year, will give you the necessary skills to bridge the gap between your current qualifications and starting a bachelor’s degree abroad in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or the USA.

As well as academic knowledge, the NCUK International Foundation Year will give you specialist English language, study and cultural skills that are an essential part of your degree course. You will fast-track your way to university and obtain guaranteed* entry to an NCUK University Partner after successfully completing this qualification.

Why Choose NCUK?

We have helped over 40,000 students, just like you, secure their place at university.

  • 90% of NCUK students who successfully complete their qualifications get into their first-choice university.
  • 80% of NCUK students obtain a first or second-class degree from a university.

How do I apply to university?

NCUK has a dedicated Student Support team that helps you at every stage of your university application process. You will also have a student counsellor at your Study Centre who will provide you with any additional support you may need. NCUK ensures that you receive at least two conditional offers and upon successful completion of the International Foundation Year, guaranteed University entry.

What happens if I don’t get the results I was expecting?

Because of our unique relationship with NCUK Universities, we are able to offer our students guaranteed entry to university as long as they successfully complete the International Foundation Year. If you don’t get into your first-choice university, we can still find you a suitable alternative and you will receive a set of guaranteed offers on the same time that you get your results. All you have to do is choose the one that is right for you! The NCUK Guarantee means you have an excellent choice of leading universities that will offer you a suitable place based on your grades and area of interest. NCUK gives you that offer on results day and takes the stress out of the application process.

NCUK always acts in your best interests helping you to realise your dreams and ambitions both at university and afterwards, in your life and career. That’s why upon successfully completing the NCUK International Foundation Year, you will gain guaranteed entry onto an NCUK University Partner.

Scholarships & funding

There are three categories that students can apply for with different criteria necessary for students to address in order to submit their application:

  • NCUK Values Award – Students who are interested in applying for the NCUK Values Award will need to evidence skills that they have developed during their NCUK qualification (such as teamwork, independent critical thinking, selflessness, communication etc), as well as any extra-curricular activities, and how they are going to apply these skills when transferring to university.
  • NCUK Future Leaders Award – Students who are interested in applying for the NCUK Future Leaders Award will need to evidence their leadership skills and/or how they plan to utilise their degree for positive change in the future.
  • NCUK Inspire Award – Students who are interested in applying for the NCUK Inspire Award will need to evidence what studying abroad means to them and how studying with NCUK has helped them in their study abroad journey.

Six NCUK Scholarships will be available (two winners per category) with each winner being awarded £1,000.

Program delivery

How long does it take?

The International Foundation Year (IFY) typically takes 9 months to complete and there are various intakes throughout the year at our Study Centres around the world. In some cases, the IFY can be taken over a period of 6-7 months so please check with your preferred Study Centre on the options available to you.

Where can I study the IFY?

NCUK’s Global Network consists of over 110 Study Centres in more than 30 countries worldwide! You can choose to study locally at a Study Centre near you or if you are looking to take your international study experience to the next level, there are many NCUK Study Centres in the UK and Ireland that you can choose from.


According to UK ENIC, the NCUK International Foundation Year is found to be equivalent to the overall GCE A-Level standard. You will have to complete three academic modules plus NCUK’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) module. Studying the EAP module means that, for most university applications, you will not need to take an IELTS test!

Continuing studies

With thousands of degree options available, you can progress to a number of degree courses including Architecture, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Fashion and many more! There are more than 45 NCUK Universities students can progress to, including The University of Manchester, the University of Sheffield, the University of Leeds, the University of New South Wales Sydney and more.

To find out all about the progression opportunities available for NCUK students, please contact the institute.

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NCUK is a pathway qualification provider dedicated to giving international students access to some of the best Universities across the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA and the Caribbean. By completing an NCUK qualification, students can gain guaranteed* entry onto...

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M3 3JE Manchester
United Kingdom

Phone no: +44 0161 549 9220

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