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Computer science vs Architecture

Hi there, I'm currently in Year 12 and very soon applying to universities, or at least I'll need to have my PS done during summer. I'm now feeling indecisive as I'm split between CS and Architecture. I do A-level maths, chemistry, and CTEC information technology. I do extremely well in IT as I practice it both in and outside of school, I also think it is fun and not too difficult, but I have loads of work exp. in architecture and the built environment as well. I have more contacts and a bigger network. I feel like I'm waiting for my predicted grades to decide what I will apply to, but I would love some advice on both courses and how to choose correctly. Thanks so much!
Original post by veva2pp3
Hi there, I'm currently in Year 12 and very soon applying to universities, or at least I'll need to have my PS done during summer. I'm now feeling indecisive as I'm split between CS and Architecture. I do A-level maths, chemistry, and CTEC information technology. I do extremely well in IT as I practice it both in and outside of school, I also think it is fun and not too difficult, but I have loads of work exp. in architecture and the built environment as well. I have more contacts and a bigger network. I feel like I'm waiting for my predicted grades to decide what I will apply to, but I would love some advice on both courses and how to choose correctly. Thanks so much!

Do you do anything creative in your spare time? The majority of architecture courses require a portfolio of creative work as part of the application process.
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there are roles within the built environment sector that you can do with a CS degree, eg digital engineer or software dev at a construction consultancy
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Hi I too am going to apply for computer science and am doing A-levels maths, CS and Chemistry. Don't get confused with IT and Computer Science because they are completely different. Have a look into what modules the course has and see if they interest you. Another thing about CS is, there would be a lot of maths such as some vectors stuff. As long as you like maths, you probably will enjoy CS. CS also sounds like there is a ton of programming but their is also a lot of theory too. Surely for Architecture wouldn't you need either art or graphics A-level?
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Original post by normaw
Do you do anything creative in your spare time? The majority of architecture courses require a portfolio of creative work as part of the application process.


I do! I am an artist and photographer in my spare time, so loads of drawing and pictures which could make a nice portfolio. I will attend a session soon on creating a creative portfolio since I don’t do art or design. Thanks for the advice
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Original post by Pedr0
there are roles within the built environment sector that you can do with a CS degree, eg digital engineer or software dev at a construction consultancy
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Thanks so much for the insight, I guess this is the type of confirmation I need to understand that I can combine two of my interests in the future. That’s why I’m considering going for CS mainly but in hopes of getting to work within the built environment at some point
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Original post by JaiSoni
Hi I too am going to apply for computer science and am doing A-levels maths, CS and Chemistry. Don't get confused with IT and Computer Science because they are completely different. Have a look into what modules the course has and see if they interest you. Another thing about CS is, there would be a lot of maths such as some vectors stuff. As long as you like maths, you probably will enjoy CS. CS also sounds like there is a ton of programming but their is also a lot of theory too. Surely for Architecture wouldn't you need either art or graphics A-level?


Nice to know we have similar A-levels. I am looking at CS courses with not much maths, as I do not want to study too much maths forever and ever. Programming should not be a bigger problem as I already practice it in my spare time and I possess a skill for it to some extent. And yes, you are right. I do CTEC IT which is different from A-level CS but the courses I’m possibly considering do accept BTECS and CTECs so not all of them want traditional A-levels.

Lastly, not really. It’s favourable to have A-level art or graphics or DT at times but for the architecture courses I’ve seen they’ve not had any requirements except possibly maths. And if they have no requirements, they say they need a portfolio but that is about it. Hope that answers your questions but also thanks for your insight!
Original post by veva2pp3
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Lastly, not really. It’s favourable to have A-level art or graphics or DT at times but for the architecture courses I’ve seen they’ve not had any requirements except possibly maths. And if they have no requirements, they say they need a portfolio but that is about it. Hope that answers your questions but also thanks for your insight!


There is a list of the RIBA-accredited architecture courses and their entry requirements here:

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

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Original post by normaw
There is a list of the RIBA-accredited architecture courses and their entry requirements here:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7361710
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Thank you so much! This is extremely helpful, I’ve scanned the list and looked at the ones I’m already interested in and seems it is achievable with both grades, tariffs, and subjects!!! 😁
Hi @veva2pp3 !

I'm a student representative for Uni of Southampton, and I'm currently in my 2nd year of Computer Science. I've really enjoyed my time doing Computer Science so far, if you have any questions feel free to ask me! Here is the computer science course at Southampton, and the Civil Engineering and Architecture course too.

One piece of advice I have is that during either course you will likely be able to incorporate pieces of both courses into your studies or project. For instance, in Architecture you will use a lot of CAD and technical programs, and in Computer Science in your 3rd year project, you could build a program that could be aimed to be used by architects.

If you have any questions I'll do my best to answer them!

Joshua
2nd Year Student Rep
Original post by veva2pp3
Hi there, I'm currently in Year 12 and very soon applying to universities, or at least I'll need to have my PS done during summer. I'm now feeling indecisive as I'm split between CS and Architecture. I do A-level maths, chemistry, and CTEC information technology. I do extremely well in IT as I practice it both in and outside of school, I also think it is fun and not too difficult, but I have loads of work exp. in architecture and the built environment as well. I have more contacts and a bigger network. I feel like I'm waiting for my predicted grades to decide what I will apply to, but I would love some advice on both courses and how to choose correctly. Thanks so much!

Hey, Coventry University Student Ambassador here! 👋

Both are absolutely great choices, and your selection of A-Levels opens doors to both courses! It's a good sign that you enjoy doing IT outside of school, which shows a streak of passion - one of the heaviest deciding factors for choosing a course.

However, I will mention that computer science is quite different from information technology. Computer Science BSc delves into computational theory, advanced algorithms, data science, integrated programming modules, and much more. Computing branches into many courses, and you might even be interested in Software Engineering BSc, Information Technology Management BSc, Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security MSci/BSc, or Data Science MSci/BSc. I highly suggest looking into the modules studied in these courses to see if they pique your interest!

It's amazing that you already have networking grounds in architecture industries, which can definitely help you with getting placements and graduate roles. Besides that, you should also look into the modules studied in Architecture BSc. Your maths and digital skills could benefit you a lot in this course, but you should be prepared for the unfamiliar territory of art and design!

To narrow down your decision, go to open days and speak to lecturers and ambassadors like us to get a feel for the course, the learning environment, and if you can envision yourself going down this career path in the future. Both options are great, but I do recommend looking at all branching courses of computer science, as IT is quite different from core computer science.

Best of luck!

Dorna | Coventry University Student Ambassador
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Original post by Uni of Southampton Students
Hi @veva2pp3 !
I'm a student representative for Uni of Southampton, and I'm currently in my 2nd year of Computer Science. I've really enjoyed my time doing Computer Science so far, if you have any questions feel free to ask me! Here is the computer science course at Southampton, and the Civil Engineering and Architecture course too.
One piece of advice I have is that during either course you will likely be able to incorporate pieces of both courses into your studies or project. For instance, in Architecture you will use a lot of CAD and technical programs, and in Computer Science in your 3rd year project, you could build a program that could be aimed to be used by architects.
If you have any questions I'll do my best to answer them!
Joshua
2nd Year Student Rep


Hi Joshua, thanks a lot for your comment and I appreciate the advice. I am spending most of my time just researching modules in different courses and looking at my different options. I have good experience with CAD and I do 3D design on my own quite often, mainly because it merges my two interests of art and computing. But it’s amazing to know I can involve both in my studies, it’s really helpful. Thanks!!!
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Original post by Coventry University Student Ambassadors
Hey, Coventry University Student Ambassador here! 👋
Both are absolutely great choices, and your selection of A-Levels opens doors to both courses! It's a good sign that you enjoy doing IT outside of school, which shows a streak of passion - one of the heaviest deciding factors for choosing a course.
However, I will mention that computer science is quite different from information technology. Computer Science BSc delves into computational theory, advanced algorithms, data science, integrated programming modules, and much more. Computing branches into many courses, and you might even be interested in Software Engineering BSc, Information Technology Management BSc, Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security MSci/BSc, or Data Science MSci/BSc. I highly suggest looking into the modules studied in these courses to see if they pique your interest!
It's amazing that you already have networking grounds in architecture industries, which can definitely help you with getting placements and graduate roles. Besides that, you should also look into the modules studied in Architecture BSc. Your maths and digital skills could benefit you a lot in this course, but you should be prepared for the unfamiliar territory of art and design!
To narrow down your decision, go to open days and speak to lecturers and ambassadors like us to get a feel for the course, the learning environment, and if you can envision yourself going down this career path in the future. Both options are great, but I do recommend looking at all branching courses of computer science, as IT is quite different from core computer science.
Best of luck!
Dorna | Coventry University Student Ambassador


Hi Dorna, thanks so much for your comment. It is super helpful to know this, I am open to most courses within computing or IT, I’ve looked into ethical hacking or cyber security and I definitely would love it. But I am all for computer science as well, as I do loads of it already outside of school. I think my IT course is more of a social science rather than a proper computing one, but I get what you mean. Thanks again! I’ll definitely have a look further!!!

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