Since 1858, the University of London has provided an opportunity for students around the world to gain a University of London award without the requirement to be in attendance at one of its Member Institutions. The University currently has over 50,000 students worldwide, who study through flexible and distance learning. Students are registered with the University of London, the administrative infrastructure is provided by the University of London Worldwide, which is the internal department of the University that is responsible for delivering distance and flexible learning programmes with the University’s member institutions and, on successful completion of their programme of study, students receive an award from the University of London.
Programmes offered through the University of London are a partnership of the Member Institutions and the University of London Worldwide. The academic direction of the programmes is the responsibility of a particular Member Institution (or consortium of Member Institutions).
Goldsmiths' contribution to the University of London’s programmes
Goldsmiths provides the academic leadership for the English and Computing programmes. The University of London Worldwide provides students with materials to assist them with self-directed learning and a subject guide for each course that they study. Some students choose to study completely independently while others choose to enrol with a local institution for academic support and contact with other students.
The awards offered on the English programme are: BA in English, Diploma of Higher Education in English and Certificate of Higher Education in English. The programme offers online tuition and support through a virtual learning environment (VLE) which enables students to participate in tutor group forums (Level 4) and e-seminars (Levels 5 and 6), submit essays for formative assessment in preparation for examinations, benefit from the Learning Support Forum and use the online library.
Two Computing programmes are offered: the BSc/Certificate of Higher Education in Computing and Information Systems and the BSc/Certificate of Higher Education in Creative Computing. The Level 4 Certificates of Higher Education are aimed at students who do not necessarily have the qualifications that are required for entry to the degree. Students are required to attend classes at an institution that is authorised to teach for the Certificate of Higher Education so that additional support is available. Successful students progress to Level 5 of the related degree and are given full credit for the Level 4 courses passed. All students benefit from increasing VLE interactivity and receive feedback on their coursework through the provision of interim grades; in addition, individual feedback is provided for a small number of courses.
Massive open online courses (MOOCs)
Goldsmiths has also worked with the University of London to offer MOOCs via the Coursera platform. MOOCs are short courses that typically last for two to six weeks, are hosted online and are available free of charge although premium elements such as certificates usually have to be paid for. Further information is available on the Teaching and Learning Innovation Centre web pages.
If you are interested in finding out more about our collaboration with the University of London or are interested in developing a distance or online course, whether a MOOC or a larger programme that could be offered entirely online, please contact:
Marco Gillies, Director of Distance Learning: m.gillies (@gold.ac.uk)
Margaret Stern, International Programmes Administrator: m.stern (@gold.ac.uk)