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Positive Trend as More Architecture Students Accept University Places

UCAS, which oversees the application process for universities across the UK, has released statistics showing that in the wake of August 17, the results day for A-Levels, 7,050 students were awarded places to study architecture, planning, or building- up from last year’s total of 6,670.

This increase is against the total number of full-time students currently placed in the British higher education system, which is 437,070 at present. It is also 1% lower than the same time period in 2016. These results are happening at the same time that large government reforms have been made to A-Levels in the UK. 

In addition, more architecture students who did not meet the requirements associated with their university placement offers, will be accepted for individual courses as they move through the clearing process.  

To become an architect in the UK, students must complete a combination of five years of study and two years of hands-on experience before they complete their final exams. After their initial undergraduate degree, students become members of the Royal Institute of British Architects. 

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Alan Dunlop, University of Liverpool chair for contemporary architecture practice, said that architecture is similar to medicine in that it has always attracted the best and brightest of young people in the UK. It is a rigorous, tough, and intellectually challenging area of study. 

Mr Dunlop said that these demanding standards mean that British universities require the highest for A-Level and higher grades for admission into that field. He did not find it surprising that numbers had gone up because it was a rewarding area of study and profession, despite the demands placed on architecture students. 

He added that unfortunately, the increase in admissions has come at a time when the profession has rarely been more marginalised or the special skillset of architects less appreciated and respected. 

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