what a levels should I take for architecture?

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hi there, I am taking my GCSE's this year, and at the moment I am deciding what a levels to do. I would like to do Architecture, but do not know what a levels to do. For GCSE I am studying maths, english, english lit, physics, biology, chemistry, history, geography, French and Art. Ideas for a level options are, Art, Maths, History, english and business studies. Do I need physics becuase I can't really do physics? Also its really hard. Any help would be much appreciated
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this is a example university requirement for A level:
Grades AAA. Mixture of science/maths and humanities/arts subjects preferred. Many candidates offer Art A Level, but it is not essential. Applicants often mix arts and science subjects such as Art, Maths and a language, but Maths, Physics & Chemistry is perfectly acceptable as would be History, English and Religious Studies. However, candidates who combine Art with Design Technology for two of their three A Levels or who offer sports-science or similar put themselves at a disadvantage. General Studies is welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer. Two AS-levels may be accepted in place of one A-level.
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Thanks for the help, I think I see where to go and will have a look at other universities
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noprob and good luck
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Ideas for a level options are, Art, Maths, History, english and business studies. Do I need physics becuase I can't really do physics? Also its really hard. Any help would be much appreciated
Business studies is seen as a 'softer' subject; it'd be fine as a fifth a-level, but I wouldn't really recommend it unless you're massively intrigued by it and can't bear to be without it or something.

Also, I don't know much about architecture, but won't it have quite a high physics content as a subject? I mean, in terms of understanding how the buildings you design will stay up and things. It would be worth finding out if architecture does have a lot of physics in it.
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Ideas for a level options are, Art, Mathematics, History, English and business studies.

Do I need physics because I can't really do physics? Also, it's really hard.
Art, Mathematics, History and English would be sufficient - you would probably just be wasting your time taking Business Studies AS.

Regarding Physics, it's not a necessity if you have Mathematics/History/Art, but it would be helpful.
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Don't bother with Business Studies unless you've got a keen interest in it.

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Business studies is seen as a 'softer' subject; it'd be fine as a fifth a-level, but I wouldn't really recommend it unless you're massively intrigued by it and can't bear to be without it or something.

Also, I don't know much about architecture, but won't it have quite a high physics content as a subject? I mean, in terms of understanding how the buildings you design will stay up and things. It would be worth finding out if architecture does have a lot of physics in it.
That's what Civil/Structural Engineers are there for though.
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hiya:]
i'm doing a levels atm and my friend is applying for architecture (her favoured spot is ucl) and we've all been made to do some hardcore research into uni places, entry requirements e.t.c
anyways, she took: Maths, Art, History, Further Maths
Apparently she won't need furhter maths as the three mentioned are the requirments - with Art, Maths and History being a must.
The further maths is more for the engineering side (which I'm doing) so it is only slightly desirable.
Hope this helps^^
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(Original post by lilcazza)
hi there, I am taking my GCSE's this year, and at the moment I am deciding what a levels to do. I would like to do Architecture, but do not know what a levels to do. For GCSE I am studying maths, english, english lit, physics, biology, chemistry, history, geography, French and Art. Ideas for a level options are, Art, Maths, History, english and business studies. Do I need physics becuase I can't really do physics? Also its really hard. Any help would be much appreciated
Maths Mechanics modules would probably be (the) useful (part of Physics for Architecture).
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do you HAVE to take art as a alevel in college to do architecture? what if you have done art at gcse?
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To the post above, no you don't HAVE to have taken art, (some institutions do require it though) it is just highly recommended.

I'm doing AS levels at the moment and plan to study Architecture at university, I take Art & Design: Fine Art, Art & Design: 3D Design (Interior & Architectural), Math, and Physics.

I had originally wanted Further Math instead of Physics (I really dislike Physics), it's quite tricky, the 1st unit isn't too bad if you're good at math, but unit 2 is much harder, I push myself to do it but if you don't think you'll be able to it's probably best not to take it. If you research on University websites, they usually say they take students from a variety of subject areas. I think it also depends on where you want to apply, look at specific University websites (e.g. UCL require Art to A2, Cambridge recommend Art and Math, Sheffield recommend Art...).

The key to choosing A levels is to do what you enjoy and what you think you'll do well at, rather than choosing them just because they may lead to a certain career.

Good luck!
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To the post above, no you don't HAVE to have taken art, (some institutions do require it though) it is just highly recommended.

I'm doing AS levels at the moment and plan to study Architecture at university, I take Art & Design: Fine Art, Art & Design: 3D Design (Interior & Architectural), Math, and Physics.

hey, so I'm also interested in doing architecture in uni and I'm considering 3D design aswell.. can you tell me more about the course? and I'm interested in applying to Cambridge (although its very unlikely that i'll get an offer haha) but i'm worried that they won't approve 3D design since they recommend taking 'traditional' (respected) A level subjects e.g. Fine Art, Maths, English etc.


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Maths is essential (before someone says it I know it may not be required for all university courses but its still very useful!), Art is good, and then it doesn't really matter. So I'd say do Maths, Art, then either Physics, History and the fourth subject doesn't really matter, do something you enjoy
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Might be an idea to post this in the architecture subforum, though some of the replies will be warning you not to do architecture.
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hey, so I'm also interested in doing architecture in uni and I'm considering 3D design aswell.. can you tell me more about the course? and I'm interested in applying to Cambridge (although its very unlikely that i'll get an offer haha) but i'm worried that they won't approve 3D design since they recommend taking 'traditional' (respected) A level subjects e.g. Fine Art, Maths, English etc.


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Okay basically I do Fine Art, for which the course is actually called Art & Design: Fine Art (but actually I get entered unendorsed, which means technically the course I get entered for is simply 'Art & Design' but we specialise in Fine Art). The 3D Design course which I do is called Art & Design: 3D Design, so it is actually an art subject, so it should count as "Art". I'm on the Edexcel exam board, so you'll need to check with the school which exam board you would be on. But basically if you do the same course as me, you can do jewellery design, interior design, architecture desgin...anything 3D really. Where I am we do only interior design and architecture.
If you can do it I would highly recommend it as it is great fun, we don't really do so much about the technical side of things (eg. if the building would actually stand up) but more the design of it, which is what unis want because pretty much anyone can be taught the technical side, but the creative side has to come from the individual. So far I've already designed an entertainment venue and I'm working on a hotel atm for my exam piece, I think the outcomes could be used in a portfolio too

So yeh, just check with your school if it comes under an 'Art & Design course' (unis prefer this to more technical subjects such as Design Technology).

Sorry for writing so much! Lol good luck and lemme know if there's anything else you want to know

(I'm also considering applying to Cambridge, I am going to a conference held by Oxford and Cambridge in March and I'm planning on asking them what they think of the subjects which I do, if you want, I'll let you know what they say )
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Drop business, art will take up a lot of time. You want at least some free time
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(Original post by SomeoneIveNeverMet)

(I'm also considering applying to Cambridge, I am going to a conference held by Oxford and Cambridge in March and I'm planning on asking them what they think of the subjects which I do, if you want, I'll let you know what they say )

thank you so much!! yea the college i'm going to also has art and design: fine art, art and design: 3D design annnd there both Edexcel omg the course sounds so much fun, its exactly what i want to do! i was thinking of doing philosophy instead of 3D design cus i thought uni's including cambridge would like it if i had an essay based subject.. but i've changed my mind teehee or maybe i'll do both? i know they don't recommend doing 5 a levels but idk, i feel like i could manage it (lol ik, easier said than done :P)

you don't have to apologise for writing so much haha its actually very kind of you to do so! me likes long replies haha
i would really appreciate it if you let me know what they say about 3D design
thanks
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I have applied to do architecture this year.

I am doing Art, History, Chemistry, Maths, and AS Italian. Art is the most essential for the portfolio but there is a huge emphasis on a combination of the arts and sciences.

Quote me if you have any questions on my application.

Good luck!
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thank you so much!! yea the college i'm going to also has art and design: fine art, art and design: 3D design annnd there both Edexcel omg the course sounds so much fun, its exactly what i want to do! i was thinking of doing philosophy instead of 3D design cus i thought uni's including cambridge would like it if i had an essay based subject.. but i've changed my mind teehee or maybe i'll do both? i know they don't recommend doing 5 a levels but idk, i feel like i could manage it (lol ik, easier said than done :P)

you don't have to apologise for writing so much haha its actually very kind of you to do so! me likes long replies haha
i would really appreciate it if you let me know what they say about 3D design
thanks
Haha I will let you know, just check this thread near the end of March also, which subjects are you going to take? (I assume you are in year 11 now?)
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I have applied to do architecture this year.

I am doing Art, History, Chemistry, Maths, and AS Italian. Art is the most essential for the portfolio but there is a huge emphasis on a combination of the arts and sciences.

Quote me if you have any questions on my application.

Good luck!
Ah nice, are you in year 12 then? Mind me asking where you applied to?
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