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 BA degree in a related field.
The International Foundation Certificate (IFC) programme is aimed at undergraduate students who need a year to:
- develop or consolidate their language skills in academic English
- undertake preliminary study in the subject areas they would like to study at BA level
- familiarise themselves both with ways of working in British academic culture and in the standards required at undergraduate degree level
It is useful for students who may not have a clear idea of exactly which subject they want to study. 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.
Two compulsory modules concentrate on different areas of language development:
- Academic Writing
A further module integrates interdisciplinary content with language and study skills development. Finally, you will select two option modules offered by various academic departments across Goldsmiths, including the Departments of Politics, Anthropology, Sociology, Educational Studies and History. The option modules will give you a taste of undergraduate study at Goldsmiths.
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 are guaranteed a place on one of the following Goldsmiths degree programmes:
- BA Anthropology
- BA Anthropology and Sociology
- BA Anthropology and Visual Practice
- BA Arts Management
- BA Criminology
- BA Economics
- BA Education, Culture & Society
- BA History & Politics
- BA International Relations
- BA Politics
- BA Politics and International Relations
- BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics
- BA Sociology
- BA Sociology & Politics
- BA Sociology with Criminology
The following programmes require a pass in all modules with an overall score of 60% or more for guaranteed progression.
- LLB (Hons) Law
- LLB (Hons) Law with Politics & Human Rights
- LLB (Hons) Law with Criminal Justice & Human Rights
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.