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UCAS code

G401 (Computer Science) G402 (Creative Computing) I611 (Games Programming) 7UG2 (Business Computing and Entrepreneurship)

Length

1 year full-time (Foundation) followed by 3 years full-time (undergraduate degree)

Department

Computing

Course overview

The Department of Computing now offers a Foundation Year in Computing as an alternative entry route for students who don’t currently have the necessary academic profile to enter on to degree level study.

Why study the Foundation Year in Computing at Goldsmiths? 

  • 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)
  • You'll learn to develop simple software programs
  • A key feature of our department is its interdisciplinarity, so you'll explore how computing interacts with a wide range of other subject areas
  • Successful completion of the Foundation Year will enable you to progress onto one of our undergraduate computing degrees in the Department of Computing

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Robert Zimmer

What you'll study

During the year you will gain basic computer systems skills and learn the mathematics fundamental to information technology systems. You will work on practical examples of computing applications and learn to develop simple software programs.

The Foundation Year includes four integrated units of study:

Module title Credits
  Study Skills and Introduction to the Use of Computers 30 credits
  Foundations of Problem Solving 30 credits
  Foundations of Programming 30 credits
  Foundations of Mathematics for Computing 30 credits

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

There are no formal entrance requirements for this programme; we consider all relevant qualifications and related experience.

You'll also need to demonstrate that you have an interest in and aptitude for maths and computing, and the ambition to take on an undergraduate honours degree in the future.

You should include a statement to this effect with your application, explaining why you are motivated to explore this subject.

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.

Fees & funding

Learning & teaching

Courses are taught by a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops and laboratory sessions. These will introduce you to ideas and concepts related to specific topics, and you'll be encouraged to discuss and debate the issues raised. This will enhance your academic knowledge of the subject, improve your communication skills, and enable you to develop high level practical and technical skills in computing.

But this is just a small proportion of what we expect you to do on the degree. For each hour of taught learning, we expect you to complete another 5-6 hours of independent study. This typically involves carrying out research, preparing topics for discussion, or producing project work. 

This emphasis on independent learning is very important at Goldsmiths. We don't just want you to accept what we tell you without question. We want you to be inspired to find out more, to develop your own ideas, and to find the evidence that will back them up. Independent study requires excellent motivation and time management skills. These skills will stay with you for life, and are the kind of  that are highly sought after by employers. 

Learning and teaching on this degree will take place through:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Laboratory sessions
  • Independent learning
  • Presentations
  • Assessments
 

 

Careers

The Foundation Year prepares you with the skills and knowledge necessary for studies in computing. If you successfully complete the Foundation Year and are admitted to one of our undergraduate degrees you'll benefit from the following skills and career possibilities.

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