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A CAREER IN ARCHITECTURE
BE AN ARCHITECT, DESIGNER, SURVEYOR

Architecture is a complex, technical and rewarding discipline if you have a curious, creative and visual mind. Whatever career you choose, CATS Colleges will support you on your journey.

Develop your skills 

Problem-solving | Creative thinking | Teamwork | Visualising | Attention to detail

RESEARCH
your career

PLAN
your route

DEVELOP
your skills

Research your career

Discover what it takes to work in architecture through a series of industry-focused workshops and seminars. The creative, visual, technical and design-based skills that you need to develop will open a whole other world of opportunities besides architecture. Typical careers:

  • Architect
  • Civil Engineer
  • Surveyor
  • Urban Planner

Our Higher Education Advisers will help you find the perfect degree course for you. Typical degrees:

  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Planning
  • Interior Design

Plan your route

Choose your subjects

With Architecture, you can take either an Engineering or Design route. If you choose an Engineering route, you will look at designing processes and making products to solve real-world problems, such as the building of bridges or sustainable homes. Consider a combination of Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Psychology. If you choose an Art route, you will look at the design and function of structures. Your portfolio will be essential as part of your university application process. Our recommendation is Art, Physics and Mathematics.

Develop your skills

Applying to university

  • Learn how to create an outstanding portfolio.
  • Visit a range of universities ranked highly for architecture and design.

Career preparation

  • Participate in a variety of creative activities and clubs – from photography to life drawing.
  • Exciting field trips to places like the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, the Design Museum and The Tate Modern.
  • Visit architectural places of interest around the UK, such as the Barbican, the Shard, or the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge.

Personal development

  • An annual visit to a European city to discover classical architecture.
  • Participate in Young Enterprise to develop your business skills – great for those wanting to pursue a career in product design.

Student success

Name Nationality Programme Destination Degree Ranking*
Ajet Albanian UFP Loughborough University Civil Engineering 7
Tran Anh Thu Vietnamese A level UCL Architecture 8
Ziyang Chinese UFP University of Bristol Civil Engineering 13
Timothy Nigerian UFP University of York Environment, Economics and Ecology 20
Thanaporn Thai A level Swansea University Materials Science and Engineering 36
Theo Romanian Fast-track A level University of Portsmouth Architecture 72

 

PROGRESS TO STUDY ARCHITECTURE

Take advantage of guaranteed progression* to the University of Kent, which offers one of the top architecture degree courses in the UK.

*Subject to meeting entry requirements

“MATHS AND PHYSICS ARE PREPARING ME INTELLECTUALLY FOR ARCHITECTURE, AND ART IS IMPROVING MY CREATIVITY. COMBINED, THEY’RE THE FUNDAMENTALS I NEED” Zainab from Nigeria progressed to study Architecture at the University of Reading