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interested in architecture

which a- levels do i need to do to take architecture at uni?
Hi @buzzing-roast

It's wonderful to see that you've already set your sights on a career path. This early clarity can be a great advantage as you start working towards your goals and keep you motivated.

For A Levels, you would be looking at subjects like Maths, Design Technology, Geography, Engineering, or Physics. But as well as having studied relevant subjects, I believe the entry requirements for most UK universities are quite high; they want AAA or DDD for BETCs.

I found this page on the UCAS website, which you may find useful. Click here to have a look.

Good luck!

Anastasia,
BCU Student Reps.
Thank you so much i will be sure to look at that website and many thanks for your subject recommendations 😀
Original post by buzzing-roast
Thank you so much i will be sure to look at that website and many thanks for your subject recommendations 😀

@buzzing-roast

Ignore the subject recommendations you have been given by the BCU rep as the majority of architecture courses don't have specific subject requirements. Have a look at the following A levels for Architecture thread instead:

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7361710

Architecture is a design-based degree and you will be required to submit a portfolio of your creative work as part of the application process, so taking an art or design A level will really help you with this (and the degree course itself). A few of the more techincal-focused courses require maths or physics. If you are not strong at these subjects (they are a lot harder at A level), it would be best to choose subjects you are strong at and will get higher grades.
Hi there,

Each university will have different requirements however as a general rule most will require you to take either maths or physics (and likely recommend both) and an art subject. This doesn't always have to be art a-level, there are some which accept any art subject such as graphic design, 3D design etc.

I would recommend these three as a general rule but it could be a good idea to look at some university pages, ones you may be interested in, to see what their specific requirements are.

Good luck,

Sophie (uni of Bath)

Original post by University of Bath
Hi there,

... as a general rule most will require you to take either maths or physics (and likely recommend both) and an art subject.


This is incorrect. Around 55 unis offer architecture courses - only 4 or 5 require maths or physics. Please do not advise students of what is required for a course if you do not know.
seconding @normaw here, extremely annoying that so many are (severely) misinformed with regards to required a-levels for arch!! it is true that a small number require or prefer maths/physics, but the vast majority of universities in the UK, including highly prestigious courses such as those of UCL, do not require any specific subjects whatsoever. you would do well to take a design a-level of some kind as a way of building up your skillset and portfolio for your eventual uni application... but do what you want to do. your character, portfolio (should the uni want one) and grades are the most important part of any architecture application.

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