Course information

Length

1 year full-time

Course overview

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 Management and Entrepreneurship, or Management with Psychology.

The International Foundation Certificate (IFC) programme is aimed at undergraduate students who want to:

  • develop or consolidate their language skills in academic English
  • undertake preliminary study in the subject areas they would like to study at BSc level
  • familiarise themselves both with ways of working in British academic culture and in the standards required at undergraduate degree level

The programme enables you to attend lectures or choose modules in which you have a broad general interest and, with the help of the tutorial support, clarify your future area of study.

Guaranteed progression

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 a related Goldsmiths degree programme: 

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

What you'll study

Overview

Two core modules concentrate on different areas of language development:

  • Academic Writing
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Speaking

A further module integrates research methods and skills and you will select two option modules offered by the Institute of Management Studies and the Department of Psychology.

The option modules will offer you a taste of undergraduate study at Goldsmiths.

Each student has a personal tutor, who you meet in small groups or on a one-to-one basis to discuss progress on the programme, general approaches to study, and ways of maximising language learning. Discussion of future plans is also important and you will receive support in researching and considering various degree options. Students who successfully complete the programme are guaranteed a place on a relevant Goldsmiths Bachelors degree, or may choose to take the award and continue their study elsewhere.

You are encouraged throughout the programme to work independently and in particular to use the resources available in the Goldsmiths Library.

Assessment

The two core English for Academic Purposes modules are assessed by coursework, written examination and an oral examination. The remaining modules are assessed via a variety of methods which include, for example, essays and reflective journals.

Successful completion at the required level will guarantee you a place on a relevant Goldsmiths degree programme.

Download the programme specification for this degree to find out more about what you'll learn and how you'll be taught and assessed.

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

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the International Foundation Certificate in Management & Psychology are:

Academic

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

English

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

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 (immigration@gold.ac.uk). 

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 & funding

Student work

Students from the International Foundation Certificate programme made this film about studying at Goldsmiths

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