Architecture (3D Design)
A Level

Awarding Body: Pearson

Course Description

The architecture programme introduces students to the process of designing buildings and other three-dimensional structures. You will work to develop your drawing ability, and with 3D design software and modelling materials found in professional practice, to develop specific skills in architectural and 3D design.

Students wishing to study this course at degree level should ensure they have a minimum of a grade 5 in Maths and Science GCSEs. In addition to this, a grade 4 or above in an art-related subject at GCSE would be preferred. If Art has not been taken at GCSE, portfolio evidence is required.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Tier Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your choices.

This unique course will enable you to develop your understanding of spatial awareness through a variety of three-dimensional design projects, with the main focus being on architecture and building design. You will learn how to sketch, draw in one-point and two-point perspective and take photographs for concept and construction, and how to work with ‘Sketch-up’, the appropriate design software. In addition, you will develop skills in the use of mood and work boards, and be working with typography, colour palettes, surfaces and textures.

On this course students will develop their drawing skills and, in particular, one-point and two-point perspective drawing skills. They will also learn how to design using 3D modelling software and how to render models using creative software packages. Students will develop skills in actual model making, using a variety of materials including paper, card, balsa, foam board, and corrugated model board. Students will broaden their knowledge of 3D design, gaining an insight into the modern architectural movements and styles of the last hundred years in particular. This will allow them to develop a sophisticated visual aesthetic, encouraging them to be self-critical and inquisitive, and inspire their creative ability through a range of exciting design project and model-making briefs.

60% Personal Investigation, 40% externally-set practical exam

The students’ coursework is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Opportunities and E6 for the Architecture A level include: workshops with the University of Portsmouth School of Architecture, work placements in design practice, and an ‘Urban Surrealism’ collaboration with ‘Deer Park Alpha’ design practice .E6 in general will support your aspirations whether they be work or higher education.

An excellent choice for students wishing to pursue a career in architecture, this A level is popular with Russell Group Universities. Previous Architecture A level students have progressed onto degree courses in architecture, 3D design, graphic design, and other art-related subjects. A number of former students are now working in architectural practices.

This is a practical course with major deadlines for coursework set for the end of January, for both first and second years of study. In addition, first-year mock practical exams and second-year actual practical exams generally run between the last week of April through to the third week of May, with exam papers being issued for these at the start of February.