Architecture (3D Design)
A Level

Awarding Body: Pearson

Course Description

The architecture programme introduces students to understanding spatial design and 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.

Grade 4 or above in Art and Design subject preferred if taken at GCSE or portfolio of evidence.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Student 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 subject 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. Drawing will be an important element of this course and you will be expected to keep a sketch book for the duration of the two year programme, developing your skills in drawing structures and buildings using pencil, pens and designer marker pens.

On this course students will develop their drawing skills and will keep A3 sketchbooks throughout the duration of the course 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. 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.