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Hey,

I'm completing the IB in May 2012.

My Subjects are Higher Level; Art, English A1 and Geography. Standard Level; Mathematics, Spanish Ab Initio and Environmental Systems.

I've wanted to do architecture for a while but some university websites have recently changed and now require either higher mathematics or a 7 at standard and subjects like physics or chemistry. I've look at loads of universities (mainly in the UK and some in mainland Europe) but most of their entry requirements are so vague.

Before I call their admissions (I can't call the U.K. cheaply from where I am at the moment) I would just like your opinion... Can I still do architecture with this subject package or should I look into other areas or perhaps universities in other parts of the world (preferably ones that speak English, German or perhaps Russian)?

I am interested in languages and political affairs also... would these be a better career choice?

Many thanks!

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Well they're really, really different careers and courses.

For instance, Architecture is a 7 year course, very competitive (as in they weed people out.. a lot) and requires totally different skills and assessment to Languages/Politics.

Do you prefer drawing/drafting or writing essays? Do you enjoy debates or working alone? Do you enjoy long term projects? Do you feel you like Architecture enough to study it for 7 years?

^^ Those are the sorts of questions you should be asking yourself. If you know any Architecture students/Language students etc., ask them too.

One of my friends is an Architect student and they work CRAZY hard, whereas all the people I know doing languages/politics seem to spend most of the day sleeping. Even their lifestyles are totally different! I think this may depend on part whereabouts you go to study, but really there are so many differences between them-- length, what you do, how you do it, mode of assessment, hours of work, skills involved etc. -- that it's probably possible to make a decision on which to look at more closely :)

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Well they're really, really different careers and courses.

For instance, Architecture is a 7 year course, very competitive (as in they weed people out.. a lot) and requires totally different skills and assessment to Languages/Politics.

Do you prefer drawing/drafting or writing essays? Do you enjoy debates or working alone? Do you enjoy long term projects? Do you feel you like Architecture enough to study it for 7 years?

^^ Those are the sorts of questions you should be asking yourself. If you know any Architecture students/Language students etc., ask them too.

One of my friends is an Architect student and they work CRAZY hard, whereas all the people I know doing languages/politics seem to spend most of the day sleeping. Even their lifestyles are totally different! I think this may depend on part whereabouts you go to study, but really there are so many differences between them-- length, what you do, how you do it, mode of assessment, hours of work, skills involved etc. -- that it's probably possible to make a decision on which to look at more closely :)

Thank you very much.

I know the ins and outs for architecture, I've been researching for a while and very prepared to work hard but have noticed that many universities (the better ones ive looked at) like Bath and Manchester, have recently changed their requirements meaning my subject package is no longer perfect for it.

I feel it's unwise to change my subjects now and there are really no other subjects I feel I can do and get a good point score... so my point is, should I give up the idea of being an architect and focus whole-heartedly on something else?

Thanks again.

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