G401 (Computer Science) G402 (Creative Computing) I611 (Games Programming) 7UG2 (Business Computing and Entrepreneurship)
1 year full-time (Foundation) followed by 3 years full-time (undergraduate degree)
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:
|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|
This programme is taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. 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 0 - 23% scheduled learning, 77% independent learning
- Years 1-3 - see individual degree pages
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.
The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:
- Year 0 - 48% coursework, 47% written exam, 5% practical
- Years 1-3 - see individual degree pages
*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for the traditional pathway in 2017/18. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
There are no formal entrance qualifications for this programme; we consider all relevant qualifications and related experience, but you might be invited to take a short test in maths and problem solving at our New Cross campus. The test is help the admissions tutor assess your current knowledge of problem solving and mathematics.
Part of the reason we ask you to take this test is because some applicants who apply for our integrated degree (with foundation year) might be better suited to one of our three year degree despite not meeting the entrance requirements for those programmes. If you live a long way from London, you may be able to take the test remotely and some financial help might be available.
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 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
Annual tuition fees
These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2019/20 academic year.
- Home/EU - full-time: £9250
- Home/EU - part-time: £4625
- International - full-time: £15040
If you're an international student interested in studying part-time, please contact our Admissions Team to find out if you're eligible.
If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.
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. Please check the programme specification for more information.
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.
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.
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
- FDM Academy
- Hepco Motion
- Jigsaw Systems Ltd
- Sanna Systems Ltd
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.