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    My daughter is in her last year of school taking her GCSEs. She desperately wants to become an architect. However when taking her options she had to pick either graphics or art and she chose to take graphics. She is on target to attain her gcse at a to c grade in most subjects however she is not academically minded and doesn't think she will be able to get a levels. However everywhere we have read they all say you need a levels to get on a uni course. Is there any other route she can go down and what subjects or courses should she be applying for at college other than a levels to help her get on an architectural course at uni? Please help as she is getting very worked up over it all x
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    (Original post by Nat24uk)
    My daughter is in her last year of school taking her GCSEs. She desperately wants to become an architect. However when taking her options she had to pick either graphics or art and she chose to take graphics. She is on target to attain her gcse at a to c grade in most subjects however she is not academically minded and doesn't think she will be able to get a levels. However everywhere we have read they all say you need a levels to get on a uni course. Is there any other route she can go down and what subjects or courses should she be applying for at college other than a levels to help her get on an architectural course at uni? Please help as she is getting very worked up over it all x
    It would be worth contacting some universities that she's interested in.

    I know that some architecture courses (particularly those based in art schools) will accept applicants with a BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design. That's a 2 year (level 3) course that's taken straight after GCSEs that's the tariff equivalent to 3 A levels and there'll usually be opportunities to experiment with 3d work and computer modelling along with developing top notch sketching and design skills to build up a good architecture portfolio. If the idea of taking A levels seems like it's going to involve too many exams and essays then it's a good alternative to look into. But it's important to do some research and double check with universities that it would be acceptable as an alternative to A levels and to check with colleges that it would be an environment and course that she'd be happy in (all that stuff about tortured souls producing great art is so much guff!).

    There may well be other options available at her local colleges - again the thing to do is to find out more detail about what the courses involve and the specific qualification awarded and then check with universities that it would be useful preparation for an architecture degree at their university.
 
 
 
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