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Goldsmiths, University of London

Business Computing and Entrepreneurship

UCAS Code: IN11

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

If you don't have a Science or Mathematics-based A-level, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics/Economics/Statistics.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules. If you don't have a Science or Mathematics-based A-level equivalent, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics/Economics/Statistics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

With three Higher Level subjects at 655. If you don't have a Science or Mathematics-based Higher Level, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics/Economics/Statistics .

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2

If you don't have a Science or Mathematics-based Higher Level, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics/Economics/Statistics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

If you don't have a Science or Mathematics-based A-level (or equivalent), you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics/Economics/Statistics.

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,C

If you don't have a Science or Mathematics-based Advanced Higher, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics/Economics/Statistics or equivalent.

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,C

If you don't have a Science or Mathematics-based Higher, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics/Economics/Statistics.

UCAS Tariff

120-136

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Part-time | 2021

Subjects

Computer science

Business studies

Learn how to design, develop, and deploy software systems for business, whilst also developing skills in enterprise computing, business modelling, and digital entrepreneurship.

This degree provides you with a deep understanding of the concepts and techniques involved in developing and managing businesses in digital domains. You will learn key computing skills such as programming, full-stack web development, and network administration, alongside entrepreneurial skills like statistics, business modelling, project management, marketing, and venture creation.

**Design your own digital ventures**
The degree is hands on and practical from the start. You will create your own web applications, mobile apps, games, and more. By working on practical projects throughout your degree, you will learn to develop viable business ideas, and build a relevant skillset for your future career. You will also have the option to take an industrial placement year after your second year – an invaluable experience which enhances your career prospects. By the end of your degree, you will have built a portfolio of work to kickstart your career in technology.

**Learn business computing skills**
We will teach you the skills you need to become a business professional in computing, but you don’t need to know how to code before you start. We begin from the basics and bring you up to a professional level over the course of your degree. You’ll program in multiple languages, use industry-standard tools, learn about web development, databases, and business modelling. You will also develop professional working practices such as design documentation, testing cycles, issue tracking, and version control.

**After your degree**
This degree prepares you for a wide range of careers in business and technology. Our graduates have gone on to work in areas such as software engineering, advertising, digital advocacy, and e-learning . This course is also a pathway into Masters-level study in a variety of computing disciplines.

Please note the BSc Business Computing and Entrepreneurship only accepts applications for first year entry.

Modules

Overview

From the start of your degree, you will be developing your own projects and digital ventures, which will increase in scale and ambition. As your degree progresses, you will personalise your studies by choosing from our wide range of option modules, including mobile development, data mining, user experience design, and machine learning.

You will also learn creative thinking and business techniques by studying topics such as user-centred design and digital venture creation and develop key professional skills such as teamwork, project pitching, and project management.

Whilst studying with us you will also benefit from Goldsmiths Computing Department’s unique approach to teaching computing, informed by our wealth of expertise in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. You will notice this through the engaging and accessible way that we teach programming on core modules, but also through optional topics such as physical computing and virtual reality.

Year 1

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 fulfil the needs of your 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.

Introduction to Programming
Front End Web
Designing Digital Interactions
How Computers Work
Introduction to Statistics for Business
Perspectives on Capital: Cultural, Social, Financial, Critical
Business Enterprise in the Digital Era
Computing Project 1

Year 2 compulsory modules
Java for Industry
Dynamic Web Applications
Computing Projects 2
Creative and Social Enterprises: Business Models, Value and Planning
You will also take 30 credits of option modules from the available list.

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 in a straight three years.

Year 3 (or Year 4 with work placement)

You will complete a project in an area of Business Computing which will be worth 50% of your final mark for the year.

Final Project in Business Computing
Digital Venture Creation

You will also take 45 credits of third-year option credits from a list provided by the department.

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

Assessment methods

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.

The Uni


Course location:

Goldsmiths, University of London

Department:

Computing

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Computer science

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Computer science

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
78%
Male students
22%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
24%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

Business studies

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
81%
Male students
19%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
35%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
E

After graduation


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Computer science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Average annual salary
86%
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Employed or in further education
72%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
14%
Information technology technicians
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. The subject is linked to important and growing computing industries, and over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.

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