Goldsmiths, University of London

Business Computing and Entrepreneurship with Foundation Year (Integrated Degree) Goldsmiths, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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This programme will provide you with a technical and business education required for modern digital and computing businesses. Goldsmiths’ creative approach uniquely prepares you for the modern creative technologies and digital media industries.

The Foundation Year provides an alternative entry route for students who don’t currently have the necessary academic profile to enter on to degree level study.

  • 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

Course details


During the foundation year (year 0) 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.

Level 4 or First year modules get you developing real-world software from the very beginning. You will learn technical programming and web development skills while at the same time working in teams to develop complete software products. You will develop web and mobile apps that fulfill the needs of you target market, ranging from a website for a local business to an iPhone app advertising a fantasy virtual band. You will be encouraged to work independently and think creatively about your target market and how to design software for them. In the second term, you will undertake the Computing in Business module that focuses both on business and technical aspects of Business Computing by analysing the technologies used, and business theories applied, by successful businesses across the world.

Level 5 modules include:
Principles and Applications of Programming
Data, Networks and the Web
Software Projects
Creative and Social Enterprises: Business Models, Value and Planning

Optional placement year
Our degrees include an optional industrial placement year between the second and final year of study. You will be responsible for securing a placement, but we can support you through this process.

Although we encourage you to take the opportunity of a placement year, you can also complete your degree without a placement.

At Level 6 you will complete a project in an area of Business Computing which will be worth 50% of your final mark for the year. You will also select up to 60 credits from a list of 3rd year annually approved list of optional modules including:
Digital Venture Creation
Computer Security
Innovation Case Studies
Social Media, Crowdsourcing and Citizen Sensing
Interaction Design
Data Mining

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

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects. If you opt for an industrial placement year, your placement tutor will assess your work. If you complete the placement year successfully, you earn the endorsement 'with work experience' on your degree certificate.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code 7UG2
Institution code G56
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

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 degrees (with foundation year) might be better suited to one of our three year degrees 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.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 With no element lower than 5.5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

To find out more about fees and funding, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office

Provider information

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Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
SE14 6NW

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