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criminology a-level??

so i’m gon b picking my a-levels i think this sept idk but def after my gcses n initially i wanted to take the architectural route but i wasn’t able to take the required subj for gcse so idk but i’m prob gonna pick sociology n psychology (aqa) for a-levels n i’m wondering if criminology is an a-level subj in england?? cus i’ve saw sum to do w “level 3” in the wjec board n i’m confused
Original post by mzzz_k
so i’m gon b picking my a-levels i think this sept idk but def after my gcses n initially i wanted to take the architectural route but i wasn’t able to take the required subj for gcse so idk but i’m prob gonna pick sociology n psychology (aqa) for a-levels n i’m wondering if criminology is an a-level subj in england?? cus i’ve saw sum to do w “level 3” in the wjec board n i’m confused


OK, what?

To become an architect, you would need to get qualified RIBA degrees (part 1 = bachelor's level, part 2 = master's) + the necessary experience.
Roughly 60/65 UK architecture degrees at undergrad level require 3 A Levels or equivalent in any subjects. Roughly 4 require one or 2 A Levels related to science or maths (they are more engineering based) and the odd architecture degree requiring English Lit (don't ask).
The GCSE requirements are sufficiently high grades in English Language and Maths for basic literacy and numeracy skills. These aren't usually very high e.g. above grade 5 (sufficient for you to get into college for example). There are no specific subject requirements for GCSE in order to do architecture as far as I know.

Cirminology at Level 3 WJEC isn't a subject found in England unfortunately. Criminology isn't a topic you come across until you attend uni.
Having said that, there are Level 3 diplomas in criminology available, but not WJEC Level 3.

As far as I know, the only universities that accept the WJEC would be the Welsh universities, but you might need to check on that. I would advise not to take the WJEC if you intend to study at university, since it might limit if the universities don't accept it.

See the following regarding how to become an architect:
https://careerswales.gov.wales/job-information/architect (a Welsh careers website in case you have issue with the English's)
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/architect
https://careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/design/job-profile/architect

For the full list of RIBA accredited degrees, see the following:
https://arb.org.uk/student-information/schools-institutions-architecture/
https://www.architecture.com/education-cpd-and-careers/riba-validation/riba-validated-schools-uk
https://www.architecture.com/education-cpd-and-careers/riba-validation/international-validated-schools (in case you want to study abroad)

If you want to do degrees in criminology, psychology, or sociology, then you only need 3 random A Levels or equivalent in any subjects (some psychology degrees will ask for either biology or psychology, but that's if they are picky). Otherwise, you might want to specify what other degree you want to do at university and we can better advise.
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Original post by mzzz_k
so i’m gon b picking my a-levels i think this sept idk but def after my gcses n initially i wanted to take the architectural route but i wasn’t able to take the required subj for gcse so idk but i’m prob gonna pick sociology n psychology (aqa) for a-levels n i’m wondering if criminology is an a-level subj in england?? cus i’ve saw sum to do w “level 3” in the wjec board n i’m confused

If you want to study architecture, ideally you should take a creative subject (or DT, product design, etc) at A level as you will be required to submit a portfolio of your creative work during the application process.
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Original post by MindMax2000
OK, what?

To become an architect, you would need to get qualified RIBA degrees (part 1 = bachelor's level, part 2 = master's) + the necessary experience.
Roughly 60/65 UK architecture degrees at undergrad level require 3 A Levels or equivalent in any subjects. Roughly 4 require one or 2 A Levels related to science or maths (they are more engineering based) and the odd architecture degree requiring English Lit (don't ask).
The GCSE requirements are sufficiently high grades in English Language and Maths for basic literacy and numeracy skills. These aren't usually very high e.g. above grade 5 (sufficient for you to get into college for example). There are no specific subject requirements for GCSE in order to do architecture as far as I know.

Cirminology at Level 3 WJEC isn't a subject found in England unfortunately. Criminology isn't a topic you come across until you attend uni.
Having said that, there are Level 3 diplomas in criminology available, but not WJEC Level 3.

As far as I know, the only universities that accept the WJEC would be the Welsh universities, but you might need to check on that. I would advise not to take the WJEC if you intend to study at university, since it might limit if the universities don't accept it.

See the following regarding how to become an architect:
https://careerswales.gov.wales/job-information/architect (a Welsh careers website in case you have issue with the English's)
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/architect
https://careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/design/job-profile/architect

For the full list of RIBA accredited degrees, see the following:
https://arb.org.uk/student-information/schools-institutions-architecture/
https://www.architecture.com/education-cpd-and-careers/riba-validation/riba-validated-schools-uk
https://www.architecture.com/education-cpd-and-careers/riba-validation/international-validated-schools (in case you want to study abroad)

If you want to do degrees in criminology, psychology, or sociology, then you only need 3 random A Levels or equivalent in any subjects (some psychology degrees will ask for either biology or psychology, but that's if they are picky). Otherwise, you might want to specify what other degree you want to do at university and we can better advise.

this is rly extensive omg but idk if i wanna take architecture lol but thank u for making it more clearer the fact that criminology level 3 isn't a subj in england
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Original post by normaw
If you want to study architecture, ideally you should take a creative subject (or DT, product design, etc) at A level as you will be required to submit a portfolio of your creative work during the application process.

would i need to have a gcse of those subj or would i jus b able to take them at a-levels w out a gcse at them?
Original post by mzzz_k
would i need to have a gcse of those subj or would i jus b able to take them at a-levels w out a gcse at them?


Some subjects you can take without doing the GCSE first. Ask your college or sixth form if you would be eligible for the course.
Reply 6
Original post by normaw
Some subjects you can take without doing the GCSE first. Ask your college or sixth form if you would be eligible for the course.

so like dt n engineering? would i need art-- i honestly dk what to pick cus i wanna b an architect but i'm also interested in sociology omg
Original post by mzzz_k
so like dt n engineering? would i need art-- i honestly dk what to pick cus i wanna b an architect but i'm also interested in sociology omg


Architecture is essentially a design degree, so a creative A level will really help you during the creation of a portfolio and to study architecture. Only a few unis ask for specific A levels, so pick three you will enjoy and do well in. Psychology, sociology plus art or dt or product design, etc. would be fine.
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Original post by normaw
Architecture is essentially a design degree, so a creative A level will really help you during the creation of a portfolio and to study architecture. Only a few unis ask for specific A levels, so pick three you will enjoy and do well in. Psychology, sociology plus art or dt or product design, etc. would be fine.

so basc i can pick whatev n still b able to take an architectural path??,,, ++thaaaaaannk u smmmm for making this clearer <3333
Original post by mzzz_k
so basc i can pick whatev n still b able to take an architectural path??,,, ++thaaaaaannk u smmmm for making this clearer <3333


Yes, but as @normaw has said you would still need a portfolio and to show it during an interview irrespective of which subjects you do.

If you want to avoid engineering based degrees, you would need to check if the degrees specifically say it's a BEng or require you to have Maths A Level. If you don't like engineering, I doubt you would pick those related subjects anyway.
For example, Leeds will require you to have maths because their degree is more mathematical than design:
https://courses.leeds.ac.uk/g800/architecture-meng-beng#entry

I would check the specific degree's (it needs to be RIBA approved by the way) entry requirements to be sure.

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