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  • Number of students per year: typically three, although numbers are likely to rise as the department increases its intake over the coming years
  • Typical offer: A*AA or equivalent
  • Essential subjects: none
  • Useful subjects: Art (recommended), with Mathematics, Physics, English, History, Geography, Modern Languages or many others.

Jesus College has an outstanding tradition of academically and financially supporting the study in Architecture since the arrival of the first Professor and Head of Architecture, Sir Leslie Martin in the mid 20th century. This tradition continues with the current Fellow in Architecture, Professor Koen Steemers (Head of the Department, 2009-2014), who is both an academic and a registered architect with international experience.

Alongside finding a welcoming community and relaxing environment, with excellent facilities and student support, there are some aspects that are of particular vaue to architecture students. The College currently offers architectural and academic prizes, additional financial support for architectural expenses, has a studio space with large draughting tables and equipment, runs art classes and has an up-to-date architectural library.

Find out more on the University webpage.

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 arts and humanities to the sciences. These might include Art, Mathematics, Physics, English, History, Geography, Languages, and many others.

An A-Level in Art is highly recommended, but practical subjects such as Technical Graphics or Design and Technology aren't specifically recommended.

Written and Dawing Tests

As with all Colleges, 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.

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


In light of COVID-19 we are currently reviewing whether we shall be holding virtual or College-based interviews and will provide further details in the future.

In order to minimise COVID-related risks to our applicants, students and staff, all 2020 interviews were held online. A typical virtual interview for Architecture usually consists of one 45 minute online interview with the Director of Studies for Architecture and subject Fellows. Written and drawing tests were carried out by candidates at home before the interviews, as a timed exercise and organised centrally on behalf of the Colleges and Departments of Architecture. The interview aims to assess your intellectual ability, enthusiasm, and commitment to the subject. However, this format may change depending on government guidelines for 2021.

Under normal circumstances, you will most likely have one subject interview with the Director of Studies in Architecture and an architect, plus another interview with two other architects (and/or the Admissions Tutor for Arts). The interviews will be different in style and content; one interview will focus on your portfolio, while in the other you might discuss aspects of building design, among other topics.

There is the possibility that interviews this year could take place in College or virtually once more. We will provide further details as soon as we are able.


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 one or more working sketch books kept over a period of time in support of the development of your work, together with between 10 and 15 other examples of work. Where possible, please include a variety of media (eg. work in pencil, ink, and colour, and evidence of three-dimensional work such as sculpture, montages or textiles). 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 experiencing different cultures and practices of architecture, and visiting major buildings can be helpful. Taking an art foundation course and gaining work experience in an architectural firm are also valued, but neither are necessary before you start your course.

Find out how to apply to study at Jesus.


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