This one-year programme gives you the opportunity to develop your English language, become familiar with UK academic culture, and prepare to study for a BSc degree in Computer Science, or Creative Computing.
This programme combines relevant content modules with the development of language and study skills. You will develop the ability to:
- reason critically
- develop an argument
- analyse and interpret a range of text types
- work cross-culturally
- structure and communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing
- participate constructively in groups
- manage time
- work independently
- find information and use IT
Half of the programme will focus on the four core modules of language development:
- Academic Writing
The other half of the programme will be taught in the Department of Computing and will focus on ‘Foundations of Problem Solving and Programming’.
You will have a personal tutor, who you meet in small groups or on a one-to-one basis to discuss progress on the course, general approaches to study, and ways of maximising language learning. Tutors will also support you in finalising your plans for future study.
You are encouraged throughout the programme to work independently and in particular to use the resources available in the Goldsmiths Library.
If you pass the programme at the required level (a pass in all modules with an overall score of 50% or more), you will be guaranteed a place on a related Goldsmiths degree programme:
- BSc Business Computing and Entrepreneurship
- BSc Computer Science
- BSc Creative Computing
- BSc Games Programming
Alternatively you may choose to continue your studies at another university.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Admissions Tutor, Timothy Chapman
Modules & structure
The programme is made up of the following modules:
- English for Academic Purposes (2 x 30 credits)
- Interdisciplinary module – choose one of two offered (30 credits)
- Option modules – choose two modules offered by academic departments (2 x 15 credits)
English for Academic Purposes modules (30 credits each)
Students on all IFC Pathways take both of these core modules, designed to develop your ability and confidence in the four key areas of writing, reading, listening and speaking.
|English for Academic Purposes modules||Module title||Credits|
|Academic Reading and Writing||-|
|Academic Listening and Speaking||-|
Interdisciplinary modules (30 credits each)
All students on the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Media, Culture and SocietyPathways select one of these modules. The interdisciplinary modules introduce some basic ideas and theories that are important within many of Goldsmiths’ academic subjects, and integrate study skills and language development.
|Interdisciplinary modules||Module title||Credits|
|Images and Representation||-|
Department of Computing foundation modules (30 credits each)
All students take the Foundations of Computer Programming module. Those who do not have recent basic mathematics experience study on the Foundations of Mathematics module, while all other students take the Foundations of Problem Solving module.
|Computing foundation modules||Module title||Credits|
|Foundations of Computer Programming||30 credits|
|Foundations of Mathematics for Computing||30 credits|
|Foundations of Problem Solving with Programming||30 credits|
All modules of the programme are assessed by a mixture of coursework, written examination and presentations.
Successful completion at the required level will guarantee you a place on a relevant Goldsmiths degree programme.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
Entry requirements for the International Foundation Certificate in Computing are:
A good high school leaving certificate or equivalent academic study with some evidence of learning in relevant subjects.
You should also demonstrate numeracy skills at, or equivalent to, grade C in GCSE Mathematics.
Evidence of English language proficiency:
UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) IELTS 5.0 (with no individual score lower than 5.0)
If you have a lower English language score you may be accepted after successfully completing one of our Pre-sessional English courses.
|Age||You must normally be 17 years of age or above.|
|Country of residence and nationality||Only international students can apply. Applications from home/EU students will not be accepted.|
If you are not sure which type of IELTS test you need to take, contact our Immigration Advisory Service (email@example.com).
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above.
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:
UKVI IELTS 5.0 (with no individual score lower than 5.0)
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.
The English Language Centre
specialises in teaching English language and academic writing
English Language Centre
Come and learn from a dedicated team of specialists. Some of our team have worked in this area for over 20 years.
We offer courses for:
- students with English as a second language
- native English speakers who are keen to develop their skills in academic writing
These courses range from standalone foundation years and pre-sessional courses right through to in-sessional courses that you complete during your degree programme.
It’s also possible to book an appointment with our resident Royal Literary Fund Fellows – professional writers who can help you improve your essay-writing skills.
Find out more about the English Language Centre.
Computing at Goldsmiths is ranked: 2nd in London for this subject area** 17th in the UK for the quality of our research***
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.
We also promote an interdisciplinary approach to the subject: from business to digital arts, and from games programming to learning Mandarin.
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
Fees & funding
How to apply
As part of your application you'll need to include:
- A reference
- English Language certificates
- Transcript or student record
Find out more about applying.