Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

The degree is spread across 4 years, including a year spent in China improving your Mandarin skills. You will gain the invaluable experience of living and studying in China at the Capital Normal University in Beijing You will learn the computer programming skills that are needed to help you succeed in the global technology industry There is no need to have any prior knowledge of Mandarin. This course aims to take you from basic introduction of the language to advanced level You will learn to anticipate the needs of the globalised industry of IT and computing, developing you as a highly skilled specialist sought after by employers both nationally and internationally You will gain knowledge of an industry with vast potential for future growth and worldwide employability You will also have the opportunity to gain first'hand information and cultural experiences while studying on this course especially during your year abroad at Capital Normal University, where you will gain a better understanding of the real market need and enrich your creativity with knowledge of cultural differences rather than just gaining the language skills, thereby widening your employability both nationally and internationally.

Course Modules

Year 1 starts with an introduction to Mandarin, expecting that students will have no prior knowledge of the language. This year will aim to provide you with a basic working knowledge of the Mandarin vocabulary. From computing, you will learn an introduction to programming and web programming plus one optional module. Year 2 seeks to improve on the Mandarin foundation and to develop your skills to allow you to communicate more confidently, providing you with a level of knowledge to spend a year living and studying in China. In addition, you will also learn work on software projects together with further programming, either in Java or server side web programming. The year abroad will see you spending the year in China at Capital Normal University in Beijing to compound on their Mandarin Knowledge with an optional 4'6 hours per week of computing teaching. The final year will see you use your skills and knowledge gained abroad to advance your Mandarin reading and writing skills alongside studying further computing, choosing from a wide range of advanced modules that include advanced graphics and animation, data mining, artificial intelligence, interaction design and neural networks.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time With Time Abroad
BSc (Hons) £16,280  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time With Time Abroad
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • SQA Higher ABBBC
  • GCE A-level ABB
  • SQA Advanced Higher ABC
  • International Baccalaureate 33
  • BTEC National Diploma
  • GCE AS-level
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC National Award
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)