Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

I200

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 work placement

Department

Computing

Course overview

Computer systems are embedded in everything from our homes and offices, to hospitals and supermarkets. The world is in constant need of computing specialists who understand how to build and deploy technology. If you are passionate about working with computing systems and the human and social aspects of computing, this is the programme for you.

This degree will introduce you to various aspects of computing, through a combination of essential and optional modules across all three years. You will touch on essential programming and mathematics, while also learning about the more ‘human’ and practical facets of computing. This BSc is the broadest computing programme offered at Goldsmiths. It aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge to be immediately employable in a host of specialised IT and technology fields.

A multifaceted computing degree

In your first two years, you will learn about everything from basic programming and web development, to databases, and networking protocols. On top of these, you will develop your understanding of how they can be applied in a variety of fields. These can include economics, UX design, business statistics, and social issues.security. You will learn to apply your newfound knowledge in a project due at the end of each year – these will allow you to gain valuable practical skills, and put what you are learning into practice.

Placement Year

As with all other programmes offered by Goldsmiths’ Department of Computing, you have the option to take a placement year. You will be fully supported to find internships and placements suited to you, your interests, and your career goals. Dedicated members of staff can also help you apply for internships and part-time placement opportunities outside of this placement year option.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Department of Computing.

What you'll study

Year 1

In your first year, you will take the following compulsory modules.

Year 1 Core Modules Module title Credits
  Introduction to Programming – Part 1 15 credits
  Web Development 15 credits
  Perspectives on Capital: Financial, Physical, Human, and Social 15 credits
  Designing Digital Interactions 15 credits
  Introduction to Business Statistics 15 credits
  Introduction to Computing 30 credits
  Computing Project 1 15 credits

Year 2

In your second year, you will take the following compulsory modules.

Year 2 Core Modules Module title Credits
  Principles and Applications of Programming 15 credits
  Social Media, Crowdsourcing and Citizen Sensing 15 credits
  Data, Networks and the Web 30 credits
  Computing Projects 2 30 credits
  Information Security 15 credits
  Networks and Protocols 15 credits

Year 3

In your third year, you will take the following compulsory module.

Year 3 Core modules Module title Credits
  Final Project in Computing 60 credits

You will also take 60 credits worth of modules offered by the Computing department.

 

If you decide to undertake a Work Placement in your third year, you will take the Final Computing Project and 60 credits of optional modules in your fourth year.

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.

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

Entry requirements

You may be called for an interview, at which time you may be asked to take a computer aptitude test. If you do not have an A2 level qualification, or equivalent, relating to the sciences, you should have a B in GCSE Mathematics, or equivalent.

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

Additional requirements

A levels or BTECs relating to Mathematics, Computer Science, or Information Technology are preferred, but we encourage applications from those without a formal qualification in these areas who can demonstrate relevant enthusiasm, knowledge, skills and experience.

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. 

International qualifications

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 (or equivalent English language qualification) of 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.

Fees & funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2020/21 academic year.

  • Home/EU - full-time: £9250
  • Home/EU - part-time: £4625
  • International - full-time: £16700

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Tier 4 student visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.

Careers

This programme will teach you the necessary skills to work in a number of careers, such as:

  • Network Engineer
  • IT support specialist
  • Systems analyst
  • Systems administrator
  • Project manager

 Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths