This New Year, students looking to enter the fast-paced world of computers and IT are now able to apply for the new online BSc Computer Science degrees, delivered by the University of London and Coursera.
Goldsmiths, University of London, which is recognised for its excellent research and its creative approaches to computer science, is responsible for developing the programmes. Applications for these open today (Monday 7 January 2019), and are offered with differential pricing for students in different parts of the world to make them more accessible.
These new BSc degree programmes have been designed to meet the needs of career changers in industry, as well as those taking their first steps into the field of computer science. Those who take the degree programmes will be able to study the fundamentals of computing, as well as machine learning, data science, virtual reality, game development and web programming.
Goldsmiths’ innovative approach to computing will make the subject accessible and engaging for students with all levels of experience. For example, the Introduction to Programming 1 module uses an online “workspace”, where students will be able to participate in a special detective game called “Sleuth”.
Through the puzzle-solving activities in completing this game, students can learn the fundamentals of coding in a practical and engaging manner, at the same time as working towards passing their module and contributing to their final grade. This module also helps students to develop the mind-set to carry on growing in their programming skills throughout the programme course and in their future careers.
Dr Mary Stiasny OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), University of London, said:
This programme benefits from Goldsmiths’ unique approach to teaching, which combines the arts and computer science, developed through world leading research. It is this combination that makes the BSc Computer Science degree programmes accessible for anyone, regardless of their previous experience with the world of technology.
Mark d’Inverno, Pro-Warden (International) at Goldsmiths said:
The content and teaching methods for these programmes have been developed to attract people across a number of disciplinary interests, including those with backgrounds in computer science, as well as those with a grounding in music, art, journalism, business and games.
The programmes will emphasise the development of creative applications. These programmes are also designed to provide access to computer science for all, which is why the differential pricing has been introduced to make these degree programmes accessible to students living in different parts of the world, with different means of financial support.
Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO at Coursera explained: "Computer science, a lucrative and fast-growing career field, represents a huge opportunity for global learners, especially those based in developing countries." He added:
We're thrilled to offer our first-ever undergraduate degree on Coursera and, with University of London's innovative cost-adjustment model, the program opens up access to research and cutting-edge computer science skills to a greater diversity of learners around the world.
The flexible BSc Computer Science online degree programmes can fit around work, family, and other commitments. Students can study online, at their own pace and in their own time, anywhere in the world. Further flexibility is offered through two entry points to the degree programmes per year.
Applications for the BSc Computer Science programmes can be made here: https://london.ac.uk/courses/computer-science. The final deadline for applications is Monday 11 March 2019, with the first cohort of students beginning their studies on Monday 8 April 2019.
For students wishing to get a head-start, they can complete the Google IT Support Professional Certificate, which is recognised by the University of London as prior learning for a compulsory module on the BSc programmes: How Computers Work.