Integrated Degree
Anthropology (including Foundation Year) – Open Book Pathway

Why study the Integrated Degree in Anthropology – Open Book Pathway

This is a five-year degree. If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the Foundation Years, you can continue with the full-time three-year BA (Hons) Anthropology degree.

  • This programme is ideal if you have been out of education for a while, or have suffered social exclusion for any reason. The part-time pathway gives you extra time to adjust to academic study, and we provide lots of specially tailored support, from staff who share your experiences and concerns.
  • You'll become part of the award-winning Open Book programme, which supports people from non-traditional backgrounds that may include addiction, offending, and mental health challenges. Open Book also offers support to people who have never truly considered further and higher education as any kind of route to enhancing their future career choices and personal development.
  • There are no formal entry requirements for the Integrated Degree, you just need to have an interest in the subject. You can tell us about your interests and experiences at an informal meeting, an interview, or in your application form, and everyone who applies is assessed on their individual merits.
  • You'll benefit from support tailored to your particular circumstances, with invitations to participate in Open Book activities throughout your time at Goldsmiths. You'll also attend a study skills course as part of the programme, to develop your abilities in this area.
  • You'll learn about anthropology, human society and cultural difference, and will examine globalisation and visual anthropology. If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation years, you can continue with the full-time three-year BA Anthropology degree.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Programme Convenor, Sarah Lambert.

UCAS code



2 years (Foundation) part-time + 3 years (undergraduate degree) full-time



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A fresh approach
You'll study anthropology from a contemporary perspective to help you understand current societal, political and cultural issues.
Connection and support
You'll become part of the award-winning Open Book programme, and you'll receive support tailored to your particular circumstances.
Career success
Our anthropology graduates have gone on to work for the UN, World Bank, NGOs, law companies and CSR consultancies.

What you'll study

The Foundation Years are designed to prepare you for undergraduate study in anthropology.

Year 1

In the first year of the part-time Open Book pathway you take the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Modern Cultures in Interdisciplinary Focus 30 credits
Academic Literacies 30 credits

Year 2

In the second year of the part-time Open Book pathway you take the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Ways into Anthropology 30 credits
Contemporary Issues in Anthropology 30 credits

Teaching style

This programme is taught through scheduled learning – for example, 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.

How you'll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These may include coursework, examinations, group work and projects. 

Students who successfully complete the Foundation Years by passing all modules and achieving an overall progression mark of 60% or above will then progress directly to Year 1 of the BA Anthropology degree.


Our anthropology graduates have been successful in a range of areas, including:

  • Filmmaking
  • Advocacy work for NGOs and development agencies
  • Journalism
  • Museum curating
  • Media careers
  • Teaching
  • Postgraduate research

Our particular emphasis on public anthropology encourages our students to explore options in a range of practice-based and public sector career paths.

Find out more about the types of jobs you can get with an anthropology degree.


The emphasis during the Foundation Years is on developing your academic skills so that you can express your ideas in a clear, concise and articulate manner – whether that's in writing or verbally. 

You will also hone your ability to 'think anthropologically', and to engage thoughtfully with academic theory and research. 

If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the Foundation Year and progress to the BA Anthropology degree you will further develop skills in:

  • Communication (including public speaking, developing and presenting an argument, note taking, report writing)
  • Analytical thinking
  • Awareness of social, political and cultural differences
  • Understanding human behaviour
  • Thinking 'outside the box'

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this programme, but you should demonstrate in your personal statement:

  • An interest in and aptitude for the subject
  • How you will benefit from studying the programme

Your referees are also welcome to include any relevant contextual comments around your academic achievements. We’ll look at all these things when making a decision on your application.

Selection process

Admission is by application to UCAS, interview and a short piece of written work.

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 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and 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 and funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the UG fees for students starting their programme in the 2024/2025 academic year.

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 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.

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.

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. Please check the programme specification for more information.

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