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  • Number of students per year: up to three
  • Typical offer: A*AA or equivalent
  • Essential subjects: none
  • Useful subjects: Art, Mathematics, Physics, English, History, Geography, Ancient and Modern Languages and many others.

Jesus College has had a strong tradition of study and research in Architecture since the arrival of Sir Leslie Martin in the mid 20th century. Today we have a Fellow in Architecture, Professor Koen Steemers.

Find out more on the University webpage.


Our typical offer is for A* and two A grades at A-Level or an equivalent achievement in other qualifications. You don't need to take a Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP).

Architecture requires a broad background and it will help if you are studying a range of subjects at A-Level, from both arts and sciences. These might include Art, Mathematics, Physics, English, History, Geography, Languages, and many others.

A-Levels in practical subjects such as Technical Graphics or Design and Technology aren't specifically recommended.

Written assessment

You'll need to take a 30 minute written test on a general topic related to Architecture. You won't be expected to have any previous knowledge of the subject. You can find out more on the University undergraduate Architecture pages.

Drawing test

You'll also take a 30 minute drawing test in the College, typically in the form of observational sketches.


You will most likely have one subject interview with the Director of Studies in Architecture plus another interview with the admissions tutor for arts and another architect. The interviews will be different in style and content; one interview might focus on your portfolio, while the in the other you might discuss aspects of building design, among other topics.


Please bring a portfolio of drawings, paintings, photographs of three dimensional work etc, to your interview. The work you included in your portfolio should be fairly recent, and not just what you did for your GCSEs.

We like to see a working sketch book kept over a period of time, together with between ten and 15 other examples of work. Where possible, please include some work in pencil, ink, and colour, and evidence of three dimensional work such as pottery, sculpture, jewellery, or weaving. Choose work which you can talk about with enthusiasm.

When we're assessing your portfolio we will take into account the level of teaching input and support that was available to you while you were preparing it.

Deferred and post A-Level entry

We're happy to consider applications for deferred entry in Architecture. Spending time abroad and viewing different styles of architecture and major buildings can be helpful, as can work experience in an architectural firm, but neither are necessary before you start your course.

Find out how to apply to study at Jesus.


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