Generally, we accept all A level subject choices, and often a broad spread of subjects is appropriate given the multi-faceted nature of the course. If you are applying for Landscape Architecture with Ecology, Biology is preferred at A2 level, with a minimum requirement of a good pass at Science GCSE.
If you are in the process of making A level choices the following may provide some guidance, though no individual subject is essential.
Most relevant subjects at A2 level:
Very useful: Geography, Art, Design and Technology, Biology, English.
Also useful subjects: Other Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, Maths.
We do pay attention to the mix of subjects chosen for A levels or alternative qualifications. Ideally we prefer a mix of creative / practice based subject choices with mainstream academic subjects.
Our recommendations are generally in line with the university policy of a minimum of two `acceptable´ A levels, and a maximum of one `acceptable in combination´ A level. `Acceptable in combination´ subjects include Art and Design, Design and Technology, ICT, Photography and General Studies among others. For more information please read the guidance on A Level subject requirements.
If you are taking a double award in Art and Design, we would expect the third A level to be in an `acceptable´ academic subject (`acceptable´ as defined in the above download).
A range of mainstream academic subjects is fine (for example, English, Biology and History), though we would hope to see evidence of you furthering your visual / creative / making skills in your spare time. (See advice on preparing your portfolio).
If you have any questions regarding the above, or it you would like advice on other subject combinations that will offer you helpful preparation for our undergraduate courses, please do not hesitate to contact us via the contacts link.
Our usual offer is ABB, though we welcome applicants with alternative qualification or non-traditional routes. More information on equivalent qualifications for school-leavers is given in the Prospectus. We also welcome applications from mature students who do not have the usual University entry qualifications. Our standard IELTS requirement (English as a second language) is 6.5. Please do contact us for advice for any particular situation. We are keen to support enthusiasm and determination!
For entry requirements for international students, please see the University's central undergraduate prospectus.
We look for evidence of good academic achievement and potential, coupled with a genuine enthusiasm for making places better! Our aim is to attract lively, determined and able students who can fully contribute to the studio environment and take advantage of academic and professional opportunities.
People come onto our courses from many different backgrounds. When teaching specific skills we aim to build on knowledge that students already have, whilst providing a good basic introduction for people who are less experienced. This could apply to observational drawing, proficiency in use of IT, plant knowledge or understanding of construction.
We hope to find most of the following skills and interests in our applicants.
- Engagement with places: an interest as to what makes places special.
- Creativity: an openness to experiment and make mistakes.
- Commitment to promoting a sustainable landscape which functions well socially and ecologically.
- A visual awareness and ambition: working to improve at sketching, modelling, photography and digital design.
- Ability to articulate ideas verbally and in writing.
- Ability to work on different tasks simultaneously and to balance priorities.
- Interest in people: responses and requirements in open spaces.
- Interest in the potential of plants to contribute to landscape quality.
- Enthusiasm about the use of digital technology in design and communication.
- General awareness of the scope and challenges of the profession of Landscape Architecture.
Preparing for the Course
If you are considering applying to one of our courses, think about how you can demonstrate these qualities. Any visits that you have been able to be make to a Landscape Architecture practice will also improve your awareness of the nature of the profession. Your local authority will employ Landscape Architects, or you can find a register of local private practices on the Landscape Institute Website.