Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

G400

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

Length

3 years full-time; 4 years full-time with the third year spent on industrial placement; 4-6 years part-time

Department

Computing

Course overview

This programme equips you with an in-depth understanding of the key conceptual and technological issues involved in building software systems.

Why study BSc Computer Science at Goldsmiths? 

  • After completing this degree, you'll have a strong understanding of how to design, develop and apply software in all areas of commerce and industry
  • You'll have the option of taking an industrial placement year between the second and final year, allowing you to gain invaluable work experience in a computing, digital design or information technology field
  • You'll develop a clear sense of the issues involved in building and maintaining reliable software for the sophisticated demands of today's market and for the software industry as it develops throughout the 21st century
  • You'll explore how computing interacts with a wide range of other subject areas, including applications in the arts and creative industries
  • Our teaching is strongly focused on practical work in real world situations
  • We're ranked number 2 in London for computing (Guardian University League Tables 2017)

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Christophe Rhodes

What you'll study

Year 1 (credit level 4)

You take the following modules: 

Year 1 modules Module title Credits
  Fundamentals of Computer Science 30 credits
  Mathematical Modelling for Problem Solving 30 credits
  Introduction to Programming 30 credits
  Web Development 15 credits
  Problem Solving for Computer Science 15 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5)

You take:

Year 2 modules Module title Credits
  Principles and Applications of Programming 30 credits
  Data, Networks and the Web 30 credits
  Algorithms and Data Structures 30 credits
  Software Projects 30 credits

Optional placement year

Our degrees include an optional industrial placement year between the second and final year of study. You will be responsible for securing a placement, but we can support you through this process. 

Although we encourage you to take the opportunity of a placement year, you can also complete your degree in a straight three years.

Year 3 (credit level 6)

Your final year consists of option modules (term one) and a major project (term two and three), in which you apply your new technological skills to solve real-world problems in innovative and practical ways.

Some examples of current final year option modules include: 

Year 3 modules Module title Credits
  Neural Networks 15 credits
  Computer Security 15 credits
  Data Mining 15 credits
  Artificial Intelligence 15 credits
  Physical Computing 15 credits
  Digital Venture Creation 15 credits

Teaching style

This programme is taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, workshops and laboratory sessions. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 30% scheduled learning, 70% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 24% scheduled learning, 76% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 15% scheduled learning, 85% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects. If you opt for an industrial placement year, your placement tutor will assess your work. If you complete the placement year successfully, you earn the endorsement 'with work experience' on your degree certificate.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 35% coursework, 60% written exam, 5% practical
  • Year 2 - 55% coursework, 45% written exam
  • Year 3 - 84% coursework, 16% written exam

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2016/17. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices.

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification, for the 2018-19 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

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 6.0 no element lower than 5.5 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

If you do not have a Science or Mathematics-based A-level, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics. 

If you are a University of London student of Computing you may transfer onto the second or third year of this degree.

Fees & funding

Careers

Our degrees aim to equip you with a wide range of skills to meet the current demands of the industry and increase your career prospects.

Industrial placement year

Our degree programmes include an optional Industrial Placement Year between the second and third year of study. This offers you the invaluable opportunity to develop the practical skills and real world experience that is sought after by employers. You're supported throughout your placement year by a placement tutor, who provides you with guidance and liaises between you and your employer. 

Skills

Studying computing at Goldsmiths will provide you with technical skills including:

  • a strong understanding of how to design, develop and apply software in all areas of commerce and industry
  • an awarenesss of the fundamentals of computing (hardware, software, architecture and operating systems)
  • an understanding of programming languages
  • a clear sense of the issues involved in building and maintaining reliable software for the sophisticated demands of today's market and for the software industry as it develops throughout the 21st century
  • an understanding of the social context and visual design aspects of software development together with the technical skills of programming

Our degrees have a large proportion of practical work in which you must deliver software projects, both individually and in groups. This mirrors as closely as possible a real world work environment. These projects develop your technical skills but also require you to tackle the broader aspects of the software development process, such as understanding users' needs and requirements and the design of interfaces on a number of platforms – from web pages to touch screen phones.

You'll also gain skills in teamwork, creative thinking, report writing, time management and organisation, presenting reasoned arguments to a range of audiences, and retrieval of information – all of which are sought by graduate employers.

Careers

The explosive and ever-growing use of technology in business and commerce means that there's a whole range of different career possibilities for computing graduates. In terms of job opportunities and salaries, the IT sector is well ahead of most other industrial and commercial sectors.

Where do Goldsmiths computing graduates work?

Some of the recent graduate level careers for computing graduates have included:

  • Application programmer
  • Mobile App developer
  • Web developer
  • Video game developer
  • Film special effects and post-production
  • Computer music/sound engineer
  • Interface designer
  • Systems analyst
  • Database manager

Employers include:

  • FDM Academy
  • Hepco Motion
  • ACL
  • Jigsaw Systems Ltd
  • KCom
  • Sanna Systems Ltd

 Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

What our students say

Michael

"I left Goldsmiths being able to program software to a level that is commercially viable, something that has been of great value in my professional life."

"In February 2009 I left my job as a car sales executive, to look after my son who was 6 months old at the time. My fiancé then suggested that I have a look at higher education options. Due to a motorcycle accident in my final year, my A-level results were not great, so with help and support from my fiancé I contacted all my local colleges and universities to see what my options were.

Professor Mark d’Inverno at Goldsmiths was incredibly helpful and invited me to come down, look around the department and have a chat about which course would be suitable. As a mature student Mark said that I would be able to apply for a place on either the foundation computing course or one of the Honours degrees. I completed an aptitude test and after our chat Mark made me an unconditional offer of a place on the Computer Science BSc, which I happily accepted. I was also made an offer by another university, which is just around the corner from my house, but I found the research being carried out was far superior at Goldsmiths, which is something I feel is very important for a subject such as computing as it is a constantly evolving subject that requires you to be up-to-date with new developments.

Goldsmiths is not only up to date with current technology but often instrumental in its development. What I liked about my degree most was the opportunity to challenge myself on a daily basis. The teaching at Goldsmiths is exceptional; all the lecturers are incredibly knowledgeable in their field and are willing to spend time sharing that knowledge with you. 

I left Goldsmiths being able to program software to a level that is commercially viable, something that has been of great value in my professional life. In my final year at Goldsmiths I received a number of offers for places on graduate schemes with large companies such as IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, Hewlett Packard and Atkins – they were very impressed with the work I had done and I feel it was a real advantage that I attended Goldsmiths. When I left Goldsmiths I joined the Graduate Scheme at Atkins, the largest multi-disciplinary engineering firm in Europe. I’m now working as a Communications Engineer, working on projects for companies and governments. I’ve been involved in the design of special airport systems for the new Jeddah airport in Saudi Arabia and I am now working on the passenger authentication system that uses biometrics to identify passengers.

The thing I will always remember about my time at Goldsmiths is the fun I had. Although people at Goldsmiths are very focused, they all enjoy themselves. I look back on my time there as being fun. I remember laughing almost as much as I learnt!"

Rohan

"Goldsmiths unique atmosphere is good for free thinking and relaxing."

"I found out about Goldsmiths through the internet and friends who were ex and current students. My previous attempt at completing a degree course was at Loughborough University, but I didn’t enjoy the course I’d chosen, and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I then spent a couple of years working and finally decided it was again time to further my education. 

After starting at Goldsmiths, I found the atmosphere completely different to any other universities I had been to. This was a good thing as I found the unique atmosphere to be good for free thinking and relaxing. The course was nicely laid out with year one as a foundation setter for the rest of the course being very comprehensive. I have been very happy with the course, and the opportunities and knowledge it has so far provided me."