2 years (Foundation) + 3 years (undergraduate degree)
We will be making some changes to the way our programmes will be delivered in 2021-22 to ensure we continue to respond to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. All programmes will be delivered in-person on campus with some specific sessions within each programme being delivered online in a pre-recorded format. Where necessary, changes will also be made to assessment formats.
All changes will be considered through the College's established processes to assure the quality of each programme. Approved changes to programmes will be published from 19 July.
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This is a five-year degree at Goldsmiths. If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation years, you can continue with the full-time three-year BA (Hons) Anthropology degree.
Why study the Integrated Degree in Anthropology Open Book Pathway at Goldsmiths?
It's an ideal way to return to education
This programme iis 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.
Become part of the award-winning Open Book programme
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
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 get tailored support
You'll benefit from support tailored to your particular circumstances, with invitations to participate in Open Book activities throughout their 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 immerse yourself in a fascinating subject
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.
What you'll study
Year 1 (credit level 3)
In the first year of the part-time Open Book pathway you take the following compulsory modules:
|Year 1 compulsory modules||Module title||Credits|
|Modern Cultures in Interdisciplinary Focus||30 credits|
|Academic Literacies||30 credits|
Year 2 (credit level 3)
In the second year you take the following compulsory anthropology modules:
|Year 2 compulsory modules||Module title||Credits|
|Ways into Anthropology||30 credits|
|Contemporary Issues in Anthropology||30 credits|
This programme is mainly taught through scheduled learning - 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 1 - 17% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning
- Year 2 - 27% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning
- Year 3 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
- Year 4 - 12% scheduled learning, 89% 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.
The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:
- Year 1 - 90% coursework, 10% practical
- Year 2 - 63% coursework, 38% written exam
- Year 3 - 88% coursework, 13% practical
- Year 4 - 100% coursework
*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2019/20. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about .
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the Programme Changes page
There are no formal entrance requirements, but you need to demonstrate an interest in and aptitude for the subject, and the ability to benefit from studying the programme.
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 & funding
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.
If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation years, you can continue with the full-time three-year BA (Hons) Anthropology, which will enable you to develop the following skills:
- Communication skills (including public speaking, developing and presenting an argument, note taking, report writing)
- Analytical thinking
- Awareness of social, political and cultural processes
The particular set of skills associated with anthropology, including development of awareness of social and cultural difference, and learning to think ‘outside the box’, provides a good foundation for a number of career paths.
Our students have been successful in a range of areas, from postgraduate research and teaching in higher education, to filmmaking and other media careers, journalism, and museum curating, to applied or advocacy work for NGOs and development agencies.
Our particular emphasis on public anthropology encourages our students to explore options in a range of practice-based and public sector career paths. You can find out more about career paths after an Anthropology degree on our Anthropology careers page.
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.