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BSc (Hons) Business Computing & Entrepreneurship

  • UCAS
    IN11
  • Entry requirements
    A-level: BBB
    BTEC: DDM
    IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
  • Length
    3 years full-time; 4 years full-time with the third year spent on placement in businesses in a Computing, Digital Media or Information Technology field; 4-6 years part-time
  • Department
    Computing

Course overview

This programme will provide you with a technical and business education required for modern digital and computing businesses. Goldsmiths’ creative approach uniquely prepares you for the modern creative technologies and digital media industries.

Why study BSc Business Computing & Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths?

  • You’ll learn the technical skills to develop digital product as well as the entrepreneurial skills to bring them to market
  • Our teaching is strongly focused on practical work in real world situations
  • The degree aims to equip you with a wide range of technical and business skills, ranging from computer programming to team work and creative thinking, to meet the current demands of the industry and to increase your career prospects
  • You'll have the option of taking a business placement year between the second and final year, allowing you to gain invaluable work experience that will enhance your employability
  • The creative technologies industry is growing, both in London and globally; Goldsmiths' creative ethos will mean you're well prepared to join this industry
  • We're ranked number 2 in London for computing (Guardian University League Tables 2017)

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Robert Zimmer

Modules & structure

What you study

This degree aims to provide you with a detailed understanding of the concepts and techniques of business computing. In achieving this, a further aim is to equip you with the skills to design, develop and deploy software systems for business and organisations.

You'll be equipped with the fundamental skills to become a professional working in all areas relating to computing and digital businesses. The programme will provide you with a clear view of the whole process of real world software creation, from technical details of design and development to the business aspects of entrepreneurship and project management.

At all stages you will be encouraged to be creative and independent in your work, attributes that are vital to the modern technology industry that combines computing, media and entrepreneurship.

Level 4

First year modules get you developing real-world software from the very beginning. You will learn technical programming and web development skills while at the same time working in teams to develop complete software products.

You will develop web and mobile apps that fulfill the needs of you target market, ranging from a website for a local business to an iPhone app advertising a fantasy virtual band. You will be encouraged to work independently and think creatively about your target market and how to design software for them.

In the second term, you will undertake the Computing in Business module that focuses both on business and technical aspects of Business Computing by analysing the technologies used, and business theories applied, by successful businesses across the world.

 

Module title Credits
  Introduction to Programming 30 credits
  Web Development 15 credits
  Designing Digital Interactions 15 credits
  Mathematical Modelling for Problem Solving 30 credits
  Perspectives on Capital: Financial, Physical, Human, and Social 15 credits
  Business Enterprise in the Digital Era 15 credits

Level 5 

Module title Credits
  Principles and Applications of Programming 30 credits
  Data, Networks and the Web 30 credits
  Software Projects 30 credits
  Creative and Social Enterprises: Business Models, Value and Planning 30 credits

Level 6

You will complete a project in an area of Business Computing which will be worth 50% of your final mark for the year. You will also select up to 60 credits from a list of 3rd year annually approved list of optional modules including: 

Module title Credits
  Digital Venture Creation 15 credits
  Computer Security 15 credits
  Innovation Case Studies 15 credits
  Social Media, Crowdsourcing and Citizen Sensing 15 credits
  Interaction Design 15 credits
  Data Mining 15 credits

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification, relating to the 2017-18 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

These requirements relate to 2018 entry. For 2017 entry please check the programme specification.

If you don't have a Science- or Mathematics-based A-level, you should normally have at least Grade B at GCSE Mathematics/Economics/Statistics. If you're already studying for the BSc in Computing and Information Systems on the University of London International Programme, you may transfer into the second or third year of this degree.

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above. This includes:

Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher), BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: A1 A1 A2 B1

If your qualifications are from another country, find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us. 

For this programme we require:

IELTS 6.0 no element lower than 5.5

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Read more about our general entrance requirements

Department

Computing at Goldsmiths is ranked: 3rd in London* 17th in the UK for the quality of our research** and in the world's elite***

Computing

The Department of Computing offers a creative, contemporary and pioneering approach to the discipline.

From developing computers that can compose music and paint pictures, to defining and implementing new social media tools and applications, we aim to invigorate computing and the world around it.

Learn by doing

We place a great emphasis on creativity, independence and ‘learning by doing’. You’ll focus on practical work in real-world situations, carrying out projects in ways that mirror industry practice.

Interdisciplinary approach

We also promote an interdisciplinary approach to the subject: from business to digital arts, and from games programming to learning Mandarin.

Industry experts

You’ll be taught by industry experts – our academics are deeply engaged in current research, with many applying their knowledge and skills to developing cutting-edge technology. And we have close links with industry, too, regularly inviting leading professionals to deliver lectures and talks.

Find out more about the Department of Computing.

*Guardian University League Tables 2017
**Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings
***QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

Learning & teaching

Courses are taught by a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops and laboratory sessions. These will introduce you to ideas and concepts related to specific topics, and you'll be encouraged to discuss and debate the issues raised. This will enhance your academic knowledge of the subject, improve your communication skills, and enable you to develop high level practical and technical skills in computing.

But this is just a small proportion of what we expect you to do on the degree. For each hour of taught learning, we expect you to complete another 5-6 hours of independent study. This typically involves carrying out research, preparing topics for discussion, or producing project work. 

This emphasis on independent learning is very important at Goldsmiths. We don't just want you to accept what we tell you without question. We want you to be inspired to find out more, to develop your own ideas, and to find the evidence that will back them up. Independent study requires excellent motivation and time management skills. These skills will stay with you for life, and are the kind of  that are highly sought after by employers. 

Learning and teaching on this degree will take place through:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Laboratory sessions
  • Independent learning
  • Presentations
  • Assessments

Find out more about these learning and teaching approaches.

Skills & careers

Our degrees aim to equip you with a wide range of skills to meet the current demands of the industry and increase your career prospects.

Industrial placement year

Our degree programmes include an optional Industrial Placement Year between the second and third year of study. This offers you the invaluable opportunity to develop the practical skills and real world experience that is sought after by employers. You're supported throughout your placement year by a placement tutor, who provides you with guidance and liaises between you and your employer.

Skills

Studying computing at Goldsmiths will provide you with technical skills including:

  • a strong understanding of how to design, develop and apply software in all areas of commerce and industry
  • an awarenesss of the fundamentals of computing (hardware, software, architecture and operating systems)
  • an understanding of programming languages
  • a clear sense of the issues involved in building and maintaining reliable software for the sophisticated demands of today's market and for the software industry as it develops throughout the 21st century
  • an understanding of the social context and visual design aspects of software development together with the technical skills of programming

Our degrees have a large proportion of practical work in which you must deliver software projects, both individually and in groups. This mirrors as closely as possible a real world work environment. These projects develop your technical skills but also require you to tackle the broader aspects of the software development process, such as understanding users' needs and requirements and the design of interfaces on a number of platforms – from web pages to touch screen phones.

You'll also gain skills in teamwork, creative thinking, report writing, time management and organisation, presenting reasoned arguments to a range of audiences, and retrieval of information – all of which are sought by graduate employers.

Careers

The explosive and ever-growing use of technology in business and commerce means that there's a whole range of different career possibilities for computing graduates. In terms of job opportunities and salaries, the IT sector is well ahead of most other industrial and commercial sectors.

Where do Goldsmiths computing graduates work?

Some of the recent graduate level careers for computing graduates have included:

  • Application programmer
  • Mobile App developer
  • Web developer
  • Video game developer
  • Film special effects and post-production
  • Computer music/sound engineer
  • Interface designer
  • Systems analyst
  • Database manager

Employers include:

  • FDM Academy
  • Hepco Motion
  • ACL
  • Jigsaw Systems Ltd
  • KCom
  • Sanna Systems Ltd

You can read more about the careers options open to you after graduating on our Computing careers page. Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

Fees & funding

Find out about our undergraduate tuition fees and funding opportunities.

Computing Scholarships

The department has a number of scholarships worth up to £4,000 available to new students starting in 2015. Find out more about these scholarships.

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