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 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 core modules concentrate on different areas of language development:

  • Academic Writing
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Speaking

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.

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

The programme is made up of the following modules: 

  • English for Academic Purposes (2 x 30 credits)
  • Interdisciplinary modules (2 x 15 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 30 credits
  Academic Listening and Speaking 30 credits

Interdisciplinary modules (15 credits each) 

All students on the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Media, Culture and Society Pathways take the following interdisciplinary modules. These 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
  Globalising Cultures 15 credits
  Understanding Images 15 credits

Option modules (15 credits each)

You select two of these modules. The option modules are taught in different departments and allow you to explore your particular area of academic interest and get a taste of the various disciplines that can be studied at Goldsmiths.

At least one option should relate to your intended area of future study. Some modules may be required for progression onto certain degree programmes. The list of IFC option modules here is indicative. Options may change and not all modules will be available each term. For full information contact the English Language Centre.

Option modules Module title Credits
  London: Arts Capital 15 credits
  Urban London 15 credits
  Nations and Nationalisms 15 credits
  Identity, Movement and Change 15 credits

Assessment

The two core English for Academic Purposes units are assessed by coursework, written examination and an oral examination. The remaining module units 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

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 of 5.0 with 5.0 in writing 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.

Additional Requirements

Entry requirements for the International Foundation Certificate in Social Sciences 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. 

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). 

Fees & funding

How to apply

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

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

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