Undergraduate application and admissions FAQs


Frequently asked questions from undergraduate applicants


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We hope that the answers below, based on the types of questions regularly asked by previous applicants, will provide you with all the additional help you need to make your application.

If you have a question that cannot be answered by the information here, ask our enquiries team if you have not yet submitted an application, or our admissions team if you have. Find their contact details

What grades will I need?

We've shown the typical A-level grades at the top of each online prospectus page for guidance, but the actual grades we'll ask for are decided by a combination of factors, including your predicted grades, demand for places and if you're invited to interview your performance at that. Grades vary from degree to degree, from one applicant to another, and from year to year.

We like to select students ourselves, rather than leaving it to the examiners, so it's not uncommon for students to be admitted with slightly lower grades than those indicated in their offer. Teaching problems or illness can significantly affect your examination performance, so we will take these into account in our selection if your head teacher, tutor, doctor or other relevant person writes to the Admissions Office immediately, without waiting for results to be published.

Do you consider applications for deferred entry?

Some departments encourage students to apply a year in advance. Others don't accept such applications because of the demand for their degrees; this will be indicated at the top of the relevant degree description. If you are considering applying for deferred entry please make sure that the course accepts this and then talk about your reasons for doing this in your personal statement.

If you decide to take a year out and will be out of the country for any of this time, make sure that you have satisfied all the requirements of your deferred place before you begin travelling.

How do I apply for admission as a transfer student?

Goldsmiths does not accept students transferring part-way through a year, or into the third year of any of our courses, but it's possible to apply to join at the beginning of the second year of courses in most Goldsmiths departments.
You would apply through UCAS as normal stating point of entry year 2 (POE2). You need to provide a reference from your current institution and an outline of the modules you are taking in your first year. These modules have to be very similar to those taken in the first year of the Goldsmiths course you wish to apply to, in order for you to have the relevant knowledge for second year entry.
To find the course which is most relevant to that you’ve already been studying please see our full list of undergraduate programmes.

You will also need to have the A-level (or equivalent) grades that we look for in first year applicants to the relevant course. We normally expect you to achieve at least a 2.1 in your first year of study. Entry into year two also depends on the availability of a space at this stage of the course.
We recommend application as soon as possible as second year places will be filled on a first-come first-served basis; we cannot guarantee consideration of applications submitted after the 15 January deadline. Please contact us before you apply for POE2 to ensure that the department you're interested in accepts year two applications (please note that the Fine Art and Social Work courses never accept second year entry).

What if I will be abroad after applying?

Please give details of your plans in advance, indicating if and when you will be available for interview: if an interview is necessary, we may be able to arrange one before you travel or to make other arrangements. Please write to the Admissions Office, giving your UCAS number and details of the degree you've applied for; do not write directly to UCAS.

Are there different procedures for applicants with learning difficulties or disabilities?

No, you apply to Goldsmiths through UCAS in the same way. Find out more about disability support at Goldsmiths.

Do you accept Records of Achievement?

A Record of Achievement can give us a clearer idea about your abilities and qualities. If you have one, please bring it to show the tutors if you are invited for interview; do not send it by post.

Are all qualified candidates admitted?

There are many more applicants than places available, so unfortunately we cannot admit all the applicants who meet the entrance requirements.

How do you select your students?

We make offers based on your enthusiasm and commitment to your subject, as shown by your application and personal statement, qualifications, experience and reference. You should therefore ensure that you complete all sections of the application as comprehensively as you can.

Are all applicants interviewed?

It's not always possible, fair or necessary to interview every applicant. Sometimes we reject applications without interview because we feel we already have sufficient information to make an informed decision about your suitability for a degree. We frequently interview mature applicants (over 21) or those with alternative qualifications. If you are offered a place without interview, we strongly encourage you to visit Goldsmiths before firmly accepting the place.

What if I don't make the grades for my offer?

If you haven't achieved the exact grades you needed, there may still be the possibility of a place. The Admissions Tutor may review your application form, or contact your teachers for advice before making a second, individual assessment of your application. Additional information about the numbers of Year 12 subjects taken, grades awarded, and evidence of Key Skills will be useful; if you have taken General Studies we will also consider your performance in this.

Please note that you will still need to achieve two A-level passes or the equivalent to meet the general entrance requirements for undergraduate degrees at Goldsmiths. You can check the progress of your application by logging onto apply (for full-time degrees) via the UCAS website or by telephoning the Admissions Office at Goldsmiths (for part-time degrees).

If I'm not offered a place, can you tell me why?

Because of the large number of applications we consider, we regret that it is not always possible for us to disclose the reasons behind our decision to accept or reject any individual application. However we will endeavour to give some feedback to unsuccessful applicants, if requested.

To make this request please email

Can I apply before I have taken an English language test?

If English is not your first language you are required to fulfil our English language requirements for undergraduate programmes. If you have not taken a test by the time you apply, or do not yet have the results of your test, you can still submit your application.

You should then send in the results as soon as you have them. If Goldsmiths wishes to make you an offer before we have received your results, this offer would be Conditional on you achieving the required grade in one of the tests.

Will General Studies or Physical Education count towards the 3 A-levels required for entry to an undergraduate degree?

Goldsmiths has an inclusive policy regarding entry level qualifications; we will look at your grades and the subjects you have studied in the context of your whole application. Some A-level subjects will be more relevant than others in preparing you for study in the different programmes we offer, but we will consider all the qualifications you've taken and grades you've gained/expect to gain as well as what is discussed in your personal statement and reference. You can strengthen your application with a strong, supporting personal statement; for instance, if you have one A-level in your native language and two in other subjects you may wish to discuss how studying the language has contributed or added to your wider knowledge and understanding of the world around you.