Anyone here studying architecture? Watch

Riceee
Badges: 6
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 10 months ago
#1
What should I study at college?
The traditional way to study architecture at university is to have A-level maths, physics and fine art.

Is there an alternative route that I can also take to be able to study architecture and become one?
0
reply
TSR Jessica
Badges: 19
Rep:
?
#2
Report 10 months ago
#2
Sorry you've not had any responses about this. Are you sure you've posted in the right place? Here's a link to our subject forum which should help get you more responses if you post there.
0
reply
Sinnoh
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#3
Report 10 months ago
#3
Why, do you not want to take those subjects?
0
reply
Quyen_3
Badges: 16
Rep:
?
#4
Report 10 months ago
#4
I'm taking art, product design and maths
Posted on the TSR App. Download from Apple or Google Play
0
reply
Riceee
Badges: 6
Rep:
?
#5
Report Thread starter 10 months ago
#5
(Original post by Sinnoh)
Why, do you not want to take those subjects?
I missed maths as an A-level since I didn’t get the grade I needed... I have my physics and art.. just not my maths.

I decided to take A-Level Biology, Geography and Fine Art and plan to become a Landscape Architect instead since I can’t become an Urban one.

Now I’m really unsure whether my future is stable.. I’ve checked the average salary a Landscape Architect would get yearly and I don’t feel good about it.. 20-25K isn’t enough to live in London and I’d be constantly worried about bills, food, especially if I want to get married — I mean I know that my s/o could also work and perhaps we could be earning around 50K, which is an okayish(?) salary, but still, it’s just making me anxious about how I’d be living in the future...

I know I sound like an a$$ for just thinking about money instead of enjoying what I chose and life in general, but it’s just.. you really can’t help it in today’s society.. everything feels like a competition and I was also hoping that maybe I could be the first person in my family that could’ve been earning just.. a lot of money?

I’m way too embarrassed to talk about this at just the age of 17... and I definitely sound like an a$$.

But anyway, are you an architect? Or just studying architecture? I would love to know about your experience.
0
reply
Riceee
Badges: 6
Rep:
?
#6
Report Thread starter 10 months ago
#6
(Original post by Quyen_3)
I'm taking art, product design and maths
Sounds sweet, wish you luck! Wish I could’ve taken maths too tbh
0
reply
Quyen_3
Badges: 16
Rep:
?
#7
Report 10 months ago
#7
(Original post by Riceee)
Sounds sweet, wish you luck! Wish I could’ve done maths too tbh
Thank you very much! Maths isn't essential but I guess yeah it will probably be useful. What unis are you going / applying for?
Posted on the TSR App. Download from Apple or Google Play
0
reply
Riceee
Badges: 6
Rep:
?
#8
Report Thread starter 10 months ago
#8
(Original post by Quyen_3)
Thank you very much! Maths isn't essential but I guess yeah it will probably be useful. What unis are you going / applying for?
You kiddin’? Maths is quite essential if you’re studying it as an A-level! Some good universities would be delighted to have you with your maths! (Also depends on how you end up performing in it.. but with hard work, I’m sure you’ll be fine ) Besides, if you’re not interested in studying architecture anymore, your a-level maths could probably take you places~

I’m just starting Year 12 at a sixth form this week!

Honestly, I really don’t know which universities to apply to? I’ve checked plenty of them but their entry requirements to study Landscape Architecture/Architecture in general are quite confusing since I’m not going the traditional way (A-Level maths, physics and fine art) and taking A-Level Biology, Geography and Fine Art instead...

It’s something I need to look in more deeply and with the help of a teacher..

Do you know where you’re going?
0
reply
Quyen_3
Badges: 16
Rep:
?
#9
Report 10 months ago
#9
(Original post by Riceee)
I’m just starting Year 12 at a sixth form this week!

Honestly, I really don’t know which universities to apply to? I’ve checked plenty of them but their entry requirements to study Landscape Architecture/Architecture in general are quite confusing since I’m not going the traditional way (A-Level maths, physics and fine art) and taking A-Level Biology, Geography and Fine Art instead...

It’s something I need to look in more deeply and with the help of a teacher..

Do you know where you’re going?
Oh right ah! You've got plenty of time don't worry.)

I'm applying this year to Edinburgh, Cardiff, Cambridge, Sheffield and Nottingham. You can still do the K100 course with those choices as architecture is very diverse in that sense. Also certain unis will ask for different things for example many do not require you to take art however it is a good course to take to help you with your portfolio and whatnot.
Posted on the TSR App. Download from Apple or Google Play
0
reply
Riceee
Badges: 6
Rep:
?
#10
Report Thread starter 10 months ago
#10
(Original post by Quyen_3)
Oh right ah! You've got plenty of time don't worry.)

I'm applying this year to Edinburgh, Cardiff, Cambridge, Sheffield and Nottingham. You can still do the K100 course with those choices as architecture is very diverse in that sense. Also certain unis will ask for different things for example many do not require you to take art however it is a good course to take to help you with your portfolio and whatnot.
Those are some really good choices! You must’ve also done great in your GCSEs
I’m a bit upset since I’ve only got a 5 in majority of my GCSEs except for Fine Art (8) and another irrelevant language subject (Spanish)..

I’ve searched up K100 and University of Newcastle pops up and I’ve seen the entry requirements which ask for a grade 6/B in Maths and English GCSE and I don’t fit in that category...

I’m honestly really conflicted about my future.. I really want to become an Architect but I’ve already screwed up on my first choice of wanting to become an Urban/building one so now I’m choosing to do a landscape instead.. the issue now is that the good universities may not value me and I’ll probably end up in a low rated university with an average paying job..

I hate to think about how my life is probably going to turn out now.. I guess I’ll just have to accept it :/
0
reply
Fbari_27
Badges: 10
Rep:
?
#11
Report 10 months ago
#11
A person I know did art for it
But go on websites and make sure of it
Posted on the TSR App. Download from Apple or Google Play
0
reply
Quyen_3
Badges: 16
Rep:
?
#12
Report 10 months ago
#12
(Original post by Riceee)
Those are some really good choices! You must’ve also done great in your GCSEs
I’m a bit upset since I’ve only got a 5 in majority of my GCSEs except for Fine Art (8) and another irrelevant language subject (Spanish)..

I’ve searched up K100 and University of Newcastle pops up and I’ve seen the entry requirements which ask for a grade 6/B in Maths and English GCSE and I don’t fit in that category...

I’m honestly really conflicted about my future.. I really want to become an Architect but I’ve already screwed up on my first choice of wanting to become an Urban/building one so now I’m choosing to do a landscape instead.. the issue now is that the good universities may not value me and I’ll probably end up in a low rated university with an average paying job..

I hate to think about how my life is probably going to turn out now.. I guess I’ll just have to accept it :/
How come you don't want to go into urban? Literally don't worry everyone stresses about those things, even me, I know that my pay won't be amazing and finding a job with be tight but in the end I'll enjoy what I do.

Yes Newcastle is quite well know for their engineering/mathematical side of architecture so places like UCL and Glasgow are leaning more artsy, therefore the GCSE grades might be lower.

Spanish is a good subject! I took it for my AS level, but didn't do too great however some unis really like languages as you learn a different way of problem solving. Also you study about the culture, traditions...

GCSEs do not determine everything, it's mainly your personal statement, AS level and predictions. Some unis look at GCSEs more than others, just do some research around it all and you'll find great unis suited to you!

Although Cambridge is obviously one of the top unis, I would still pick Edinburgh over it if I had offers for both. I prefer the course more and some other aspects. Just remember that the name shouldn't be the determining factor.

I'm here to help if you are unsure or want to ask questions)
Posted on the TSR App. Download from Apple or Google Play
1
reply
Riceee
Badges: 6
Rep:
?
#13
Report Thread starter 10 months ago
#13
(Original post by Quyen_3)
How come you don't want to go into urban? Literally don't worry everyone stresses about those things, even me, I know that my pay won't be amazing and finding a job with be tight but in the end I'll enjoy what I do.

Yes Newcastle is quite well know for their engineering/mathematical side of architecture so places like UCL and Glasgow are leaning more artsy, therefore the GCSE grades might be lower.

Spanish is a good subject! I took it for my AS level, but didn't do too great however some unis really like languages as you learn a different way of problem solving. Also you study about the culture, traditions...

GCSEs do not determine everything, it's mainly your personal statement, AS level and predictions. Some unis look at GCSEs more than others, just do some research around it all and you'll find great unis suited to you!

Although Cambridge is obviously one of the top unis, I would still pick Edinburgh over it if I had offers for both. I prefer the course more and some other aspects. Just remember that the name shouldn't be the determining factor.

I'm here to help if you are unsure or want to ask questions)
I thought the only way to go Urban/Building (which usually offers higher pay) is to take maths, physics and fine art? Since I haven’t got the GCSE grades for those to study at A-level, I thought I’d never be able to follow my original plan?

It’s really nice to know that a fellow student who’s also pursuing the same dreams as you is feeling lost.. I mean, I’m not saying that I’m glad you’re lost— never!!
It’s just really comforting to know that I’m not the only one feeling this way on this chapter of life...

You’re right, although I feel like I’ve done quite a lot of research, it’s still better to keep searching.. Who knows, maybe there is something for everyone in this world...

What course is Edinburgh offering? What’s attracting you towards it? You see, as we all know Cambridge is a household name and once you’re a student there, it’s almost as if you won at life, you know? Haha.
Well.. you did say that the course is the issue lol

I’d love to talk more with you! You’ve actually offered quite a lot of help to me in terms of mental stress and you know, just speaking to you in general was comforting. Sounds random but it’s true

Thank you very much I’ll make sure to keep contact with you haha
0
reply
Sinnoh
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#14
Report 10 months ago
#14
(Original post by Riceee)
I missed maths as an A-level since I didn’t get the grade I needed... I have my physics and art.. just not my maths.

I decided to take A-Level Biology, Geography and Fine Art and plan to become a Landscape Architect instead since I can’t become an Urban one.

Now I’m really unsure whether my future is stable.. I’ve checked the average salary a Landscape Architect would get yearly and I don’t feel good about it.. 20-25K isn’t enough to live in London and I’d be constantly worried about bills, food, especially if I want to get married — I mean I know that my s/o could also work and perhaps we could be earning around 50K, which is an okayish(?) salary, but still, it’s just making me anxious about how I’d be living in the future...

I know I sound like an a$$ for just thinking about money instead of enjoying what I chose and life in general, but it’s just.. you really can’t help it in today’s society.. everything feels like a competition and I was also hoping that maybe I could be the first person in my family that could’ve been earning just.. a lot of money?

I’m way too embarrassed to talk about this at just the age of 17... and I definitely sound like an a$$.

But anyway, are you an architect? Or just studying architecture? I would love to know about your experience.
Actually I'm just entering year 13 and planning on applying for physics.
I think those 3 subjects could be okay, especially if they're ones you enjoy. Check the course pages on the websites of universities you're interested in, as it varies.
0
reply
Quyen_3
Badges: 16
Rep:
?
#15
Report 10 months ago
#15
(Original post by Riceee)
I thought the only way to go Urban/Building (which usually offers higher pay) is to take maths, physics and fine art? Since I haven’t got the GCSE grades for those to study at A-level, I thought I’d never be able to follow my original plan?

It’s really nice to know that a fellow student who’s also pursuing the same dreams as you is feeling lost.. I mean, I’m not saying that I’m glad you’re lost— never!!
It’s just really comforting to know that I’m not the only one feeling this way on this chapter of life...

You’re right, although I feel like I’ve done quite a lot of research, it’s still better to keep searching.. Who knows, maybe there is something for everyone in this world...

What course is Edinburgh offering? What’s attracting you towards it? You see, as we all know Cambridge is a household name and once you’re a student there, it’s almost as if you won at life, you know? Haha.
Well.. you did say that the course is the issue lol

I’d love to talk more with you! You’ve actually offered quite a lot of help to me in terms of mental stress and you know, just speaking to you in general was comforting. Sounds random but it’s true

Thank you very much I’ll make sure to keep contact with you haha
Nope you don't need to do those A levels to do urban architecture. Those are popular options among people who want to go into architecture, doesn't have to be all of them. The k100 course is specifically catered to someone who knows wants to go straight into architecture, there is the part 1 (BA), part 2 (MA) and then another year of exams to be a qualified architect (this could include urban or not)..

No yes of course! Don't worry we are all in the same boat, some people vocalise it more than others but yes our future will always be uncertain.

There definitely is! Different unis focus on particular parts than others so making sure you enjoy what you signed up for is important. At the end of the day a 2:1 is the same..

Edinburgh offers a good mixture of everything! (Although less of the engineering side and more history, which I prefer). Also it is well know with international students and companies abroad so contacting them would be at an advantage. Yes very true about Cambridge but I've heard stories that many people don't actually get into better pathways, in terms of jobs. The company knows what type of employee they want, and some of the time they don't like the course program Cambridge teach. Also, the terms for Cambridge are 8 weeks which is extremely short and intense (instead of 10) so they push you physically and mentally to get the workload done and at times it has affected people negatively long term...

No worries! I'm very happy to help.
Posted on the TSR App. Download from Apple or Google Play
0
reply
Ziyaad Lambat
Badges: 3
Rep:
?
#16
Report 5 months ago
#16
Hey, I am in year 12 too! I do A-Level Business, Sociology and DT. I wanted to do Architecture too until a few days ago and now I'm unsure!
0
reply
PQ
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#17
Report 5 months ago
#17
(Original post by Ziyaad Lambat)
Hey, I am in year 12 too! I do A-Level Business, Sociology and DT. I wanted to do Architecture too until a few days ago and now I'm unsure!
There’s no required subjects for architecture (although a small handful of universities have a preference for maths/physics they’re in the minority). what is required is a creative subject and/or a portfolio - so DT should help with that.

What is making you unsure?
0
reply
Ziyaad Lambat
Badges: 3
Rep:
?
#18
Report 5 months ago
#18
Hey, I’m unsure because I heard that the pay is only good for the minority. Many get a basic wage and I don’t wanna waste 7 years of my life for an average paying job. I was told this at an career fair btw. I’m unsure whether I want to go down the Accounting and Finance routue however I only got a C at GCSE in Maths and don’t do it at A-Level soooo pretty confused 😭😭
0
reply
PQ
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#19
Report 5 months ago
#19
(Original post by Ziyaad Lambat)
Hey, I’m unsure because I heard that the pay is only good for the minority. Many get a basic wage and I don’t wanna waste 7 years of my life for an average paying job. I was told this at an career fair btw. I’m unsure whether I want to go down the Accounting and Finance routue however I only got a C at GCSE in Maths and don’t do it at A-Level soooo pretty confused 😭😭
Was it only the salary that attracted you to architecture before then? Or was there something else appealing - there might be similar careers.
0
reply
Ravensbourne
Badges: 13
Rep:
?
#20
Report 5 months ago
#20
(Original post by Riceee)
What should I study at college?
The traditional way to study architecture at university is to have A-level maths, physics and fine art.

Is there an alternative route that I can also take to be able to study architecture and become one?
Hi Riceee,

Hope your having a great day!

I would suggest having a looking into the universities you are thinking or applying to see what requirements they suggest you have as every university is different as well as every architecture course. In addition to this you could also email course tutors or speak to them on open days to see what they recommended because they may be able to give better insight into what is required dependent on the type of architecture course you are looking to take.

Ravensbourne offer three degree courses within architecture: BA Architecture, BA Interior design Environmental Architecture and BA Urban Landscape architecture. Our architecture courses are built around what is currently going on within the industry with the students participating in live projects with those in the industry. I do recommend also coming to an open day if you can make one of those to see the building you will be working in as Ravensbourne has been designed to be and open space environment so the way we (the students work) are very different to other universities.

Ravensbourne is an innovative, industry-focused university located in the heart of London. We're champions of creativity and collaboration, dedicated to giving our students the specialist skills and opportunities they need for an outstanding careers in digital media and design. Were driven by industry standards whilst having the latest high-performance technology. In addition to this, we also have a strong graduate employment level.

I hope this helps and I wish you all the best! If you have anymore questions let me know!

Daniella
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

University open days

  • Bournemouth University
    Clearing Open Day Undergraduate
    Wed, 31 Jul '19
  • Staffordshire University
    Postgraduate open event - Stoke-on-Trent campus Postgraduate
    Wed, 7 Aug '19
  • University of Derby
    Foundation Open Event Further education
    Wed, 7 Aug '19

Are cats selfish

Yes (40)
50.63%
No (39)
49.37%

Watched Threads

View All