International Foundation Certificate in Arts & Humanities

Why study International Foundation Certificate in Arts & Humanities at Goldsmiths

Develop your English language, become familiar with UK academic culture, and prepare to study for a BA degree in Art History, Drama, English Literature or History.

  • This programme enables you to attend lectures or choose modules in which you have a broad interest and, with the help of the tutorial support, clarify your future area of study. This makes the course ideal if you do not have a clear idea of exactly which subject you want to study.
  • Develop your language skills in academic English.
  • Familiarise yourself both with ways of working in British academic culture and in the standards required at degree level.
  • 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.
  • Build skills including how to work independently.
  • If you pass the programme at the required level (a pass in all modules with an overall score of 50% or more), you are guaranteed a place on the following degrees:
    BA Arts Management
    BA Curating
    BA Drama and Theatre Arts
    BA Drama: Performance, Politics and Society
    BA English
    BA History
    BA History and Anthropology
    BA History of Art
    BA History and Politics
    Alternatively you may choose to continue your studies at another university.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Helen Hickey.

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Entry requirements


1 year full-time


International - full-time: £16820


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What you'll study

You'll take the following modules:

Module title Credits
Academic Reading and Writing 30 credits
Academic Listening and Speaking 30 credits
Collaborative Research 30 credits

Your selection of Collaborative Research or Academic Listening and Speaking will depend on your English language proficiency.

All students select one of the following 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.

Module title Credits
Globalising Cultures 15 credits
Understanding Images 15 credits
London: Arts Capital 15 credits
Contemporary Art Worlds 15 credits

You will also choose two 15-credit modules offered by various academic departments across Goldsmiths, including the Departments of Politics, Anthropology, Sociology, Educational Studies and History.

Language and study skills

Two compulsory modules concentrate on different areas of language development:

  • Academic Writing
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Speaking

A further module integrates inter-disciplinary content with language and study skills development.

You will also select two option modules offered by various academic departments across Goldsmiths.

How you'll be assessed

The English for Academic Purposes modules of the programme are assessed by a mixture of coursework, written examination and presentation.

The music modules will include assessment of a portfolio of harmony exercises and composition, a research project and a listening assessment.

How to apply

As part of your application you'll need to include: 

  • A reference
  • A personal statement
  • English Language certificates
  • Transcript or student record

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the International Foundation Certificate in the Arts and Humanities are:


A good high school leaving certificate or equivalent academic study with some evidence of learning in relevant subjects.


Evidence of English language proficiency:

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) IELTS 5.0 overall with no element 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. 


You must normally be 17 years of age or above. 

Country of residence and nationality

All non-native English speakers will be considered. However, please be aware that all students will be subject to the International rate of fees.

If you are not sure which type of IELTS test you need to take, contact our Immigration Advisory Service.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of UKVI IELTS 5.0 (with no individual score lower than 5.0) to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2024/2025 academic year.


  • International - full-time: £16820

Find out about our tuition fees and funding opportunities.


Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our Careers Service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

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