Our entrance requirements

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We ask for certain qualifications that meet Goldsmiths' general entry requirements for undergraduate degrees - these are outlined below. We may also ask for additional qualifications which will be listed on the relevant programme page. 

Meeting the entrance requirements for a particular programme does not in itself guarantee you a place. Application for our degrees is competitive, and although we consider all those who meet the general entrance requirements, we receive more applications than there are places.

We make offers based on your enthusiasm and commitment to your subject, as shown by your application and personal statement, qualifications, experience and reference. View our admissions policy for more information.

 

A-levels

Passes in two subjects, including one full (A1+A2) A-level (preferably directly relevant to the subject you intend to study) plus either: 

  • One or two additional full A-levels or
  • Three to five A1-levels in different subjects or
  • A combination of the above

[Certain A-level subjects may not be counted if they are not approved for entry to a particular degree or if they are offered with another A-level where there is significant content overlap.]

Vocational A-levels

All vocational qualifications are considered, particularly where they are appropriate for programmes with a vocational emphasis. Applicants for non-vocational programmes may be asked to demonstrate appropriate subject knowledge.

Advanced diplomas

We welcome applications from students taking the Diplomas, and will consider any such applications alongside those from students with other Level 3 qualifications.

Offers made to Diploma students will be conditional on achievement at a level which corresponds to our published standard offers. Applicants will usually be required to complete the Advanced Diploma and an appropriate subject mix within the Additional and Specialist Learning.

Scottish Certificate of Education

Your application will be considered if you have qualifications which are equivalent to A-levels – for example, the Scottish Certificate of Education.

 

BTEC National Certificates and Diplomas

Your application will be considered if you have qualifications which are equivalent to A-levels – for example, BTEC National Certificates and Diplomas

Access courses

Your application will be considered if you have qualifications which are equivalent to A-levels – for example, Access courses.

Open University credits

Your application will be considered if you have qualifications which are equivalent to A-levels – for example, Open University credits.

Highers and Advanced Highers

Your application will be considered if you have qualifications which are equivalent to A-levels – for example, Highers and Advanced Highers.

Extended Project AS Level

We welcome the introduction of the Extended Project AS Level and we encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity if it is offered. We recognise the value of this project in preparing students for higher education, particularly in relation to the development of the independent research, analysis and writing skills that are so necessary for successful university study.

Applications from candidates who, in addition to appropriate Level 3 qualifications, have completed (or are due to complete) an Extended Project on a relevant topic will be favourably considered for a place.

International entrance requirements

English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language, you will need to meet our English language requirements to study with us. These are listed on our programme pages. Your English language qualifications should be less than two years old at the time you start your studies with us.

We usually ask for IELTS because it shows us which areas of your English might need to be improved. However, we also accept a range of other English language qualifications.

If you need additional help to reach our English language requirements then we offer courses which can help. These include Pre-sessional English Language courses, to improve your standard of English in time for your main course of study with us. We also offer International Pathways, which can help prepare you for degree level study at Goldsmiths or another UK institution.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of qualifications from across the world. If you're unsure as to whether we accept your qualification, please contact the Admissions Office – admissions@gold.ac.uk