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Goldsmiths, University of London

Business Computing and Entrepreneurship with Foundation Year (Integrated Degree)

UCAS Code: 7UG2

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

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

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 which includes a Foundation Year in Computing is an alternative entry route for students without the formal academic profile to enter into degree level study. We will help you develop your undergraduate academic skills, whilst also teaching you foundations of programming, problem solving and maths.

**Why study the Business Computing and Entrepreneurship with Foundation Year (Integrated Degree) degree at Goldsmiths?**
Teaching on this programme is strongly focused on practical work in real world situations, and you don’t need to know how to code before you start. You'll begin by creating simple software programs, before gradually building expertise so that you’re ready for undergraduate study. Your practical work will be underpinned by theory ranging from problem-solving strategies to professional software development models.

You’ll benefit from Goldsmiths’ unique interdisciplinary approach to teaching Computing and explore how computing interacts with the arts, humanities and social sciences. And when you successfully complete our foundation year, you’ll be eligible to progress onto your chosen undergraduate degree in Computing.

This BSc 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.

Modules

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 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.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Goldsmiths, University of London

Department:

Computing

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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%
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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)

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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?

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Average annual salary
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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

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Computer science

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