Study this programme anywhere in the world and receive a fully accredited University of London degree

Computing and Information Systems

BSc and Work Experience Entry Route

Available to study anywhere in the world

We are no longer accepting applications for 2020/21.

Become an accomplished programmer with this innovative and creative programme. Develop skills in various aspects of programming, such as computer systems development, database management systems, e-commerce, computer security and artificial intelligence.

Tanya Cheuti from Malta
Tanya Chetcuti shares how her BSc Computing and Information Systems has helped in her career at the European Commission.

Study this course at a Teaching Centre near you

You can receive local support from a local teaching centre, use the dropdown to find your nearest centre.

By studying this programme, you will:

  • develop a solid theoretical basis together with in-depth practical skills;
  • earn a qualification that emphasises understanding as well as using software, placing you as a leader and innovator;
  • develop skills in various aspects of programming, including systems development, database management, and artificial intelligence.

Programme details

Programme structure, courses and specification

Computing and Information Systems will equip you with a wide range of knowledge and skills to meet the current demands of the industry and boost your career prospects. The degree is a well-established route to postgraduate study.

View the programme structure

We also offer a Computing and Information Systems CertHE for which you must complete four courses. This is a qualification in its own right that also provides an entry route to degree-level study.

How you study

Local teaching support

Our programmes are designed to be studied independently, but if you would like to attend classes, you can enrol at one of our approved local teaching centres around the world and benefit from local study support and the facilities of a campus-style environment.

To study the CertHE, you must register at an approved teaching centre that supports the programme.

Find your local teaching centre.

Study materials

We provide the core study materials you need to complete the programme. These include a Programme Handbook of practical information (such as how to enter exams), subject guides for each course you choose, and past exam papers and commentaries, which give you valuable tips for performing well in exams. Sample study materials are available on each course page.


You need to provide your own books, so do check that you can obtain these before you register. You may be able to use other libraries, either in the UK or overseas.

Essential introductory reading list [PDF]

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
  • The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
  • Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.
  • VLE Tutors moderate student discussion boards for each course that you study.

Student Support

We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a Recognised Teaching Centre.

You will have access to support through:

  • The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
  • TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.


  • Level 4 and 5 courses are assessed by coursework and an unseen written exam. 'Mathematics for computing' is exam-only.
  • Level 6 courses are assessed by coursework and an unseen written exam.
  • The project is assessed by an unseen written exam, a preliminary report, and a final report.
  • Exams are usually held in May/June each year. You can sit these at one of our 400 examination centres. A fee is payable to your local centre for hosting the exams.

More about exams.

Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

For access to the BSc Computing and Information Systems degree, you will usually meet the following criteria:

  • Age 17+ by 30 November in the year of registration.
  • Satisfy our General Entrance Requirements.
  • GCSE Mathematics (Grade A*-B / 9-5) or AS Level Mathematics (A-E), or equivalent.

For access to the Work Experience Entry Route:

  • Age 21+ by 01 September in the year of registration.
  • Four GCSEs, including Mathematics (Grade A*-C / 9-4), or equivalent.
  • At least two years’ relevant work experience (i.e. computing or information technology related).

For access to individual courses:

  • As BSc except: ‘Information systems: foundations of e-business’, which requires GCSE Mathematics at Grade A*-C / 9-4 (or equivalent).

CertHE Computing and Information Systems

Even if you don’t meet the standard requirements, we will consider each application on its own merits. Our Admissions Panel will consider whether any alternative/incomplete qualifications or work experience you have are suitable for entry to the programme.

If you are not eligible for the BSc, you may be able to study the CertHE Computing and Information Systems and progress on to the degree. This programme must be studied at a Recognised Teaching Centre.

More about the CertHE Computing and Information Systems.

Alternatively, you might be interested in our International Foundation Programme. This pre-university programme is equivalent in standard to qualifications studied in Year 13 (i.e. A levels) and must also be studied at an approved local teaching centre.

English language requirements

You need to demonstrate a good level of English to be admitted to our programmes. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you don’t have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.

Do I meet the language requirements?

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.

More about computer requirements.

Can I transfer credits from other awards?

If you have studied material as part of a previous qualification that is comparable in content and standard, you might be exempted from the equivalent course of our degree. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (APL). You can receive recognition for up to four full courses at Level 4 or a maximum of two courses at Level 5.

Please note if you wish to be considered for discretionary recognition of prior learning for the 2020 intake, then you must formally apply and submit your request by: 01 October 2020.

More about Recognition of Prior Learning.


The fees below relate to the 2020-2021 session. These may increase by up to 5% per year.

Academic year 2020-2021
Application fee (non-refundable) £101
Registration fee £935
Examination fee (full course / project) £384
Examination fee (half course) £192
Accreditation of Prior Learning application (per course) £108
Continuing registration fee £458
Indicative total: BSc Computing and Information Systems £6864
Indicative total: Work Experience Entry route plus transfer to BSc £2261
Application fee (non-refundable £101
Registration fee £467
Continuing registration fee £458
Examination fee per course £384
Transfer fee £925
Indicative total: Work Experience Entry £768
Individual courses (Standalone)  
Application fee (non-refundable) £101
Composite fee (registration plus one exam entry) £617
Exam resit fee (per course) £384
Extension of registration (per year, per course) £308

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The indicative totals reflect average fee increases and assume that you will complete the qualification within the minimum time (without resits).

More about programme fees.

Additional Costs

You will also need to budget for:

  • Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year)
  • Exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.

How to pay your fees.

Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.

Further information on GST.

Career opportunities

As a graduate in Computing and Information Systems, you'll gain a wide appreciation of the subject. You'll learn to adapt and evolve to keep ahead in the fast-changing world of computing.

Here are some examples of the kind of roles that will be open to you:

  • Systems analyst: With strong expertise in technology and information systems, you'll be able to analyse system requirements and design IT systems for changing business needs.
  • Security consultant: You’ll be skilled in computer networking and have a deep understanding of cryptography and data security. You will be able to improve and protect corporate systems.
  • Networking engineer: You will have a high level of understanding of networking infrastructure and be able to design, implement and support the networks vital to corporate activity.
  • Technical architect: As a fluent programmer, you will be able to grasp new techniques quickly and incorporate them into your designs for powerful information systems.

The programme also provides a route to a variety of higher degrees that can further differentiate you in today’s competitive employment market, or provide the basis for a career in research.

What do employers think of our graduates?

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

Academic leadership

Goldsmiths brings creative and unconventional approaches to its teaching. Graduates of the University include Damien Hirst, and four other Turner Prize winners.

The Department of Computing is a leading centre in the UK for the study of Arts and Music Computing, Cognitive Computing, Artificial Intelligence, and Computer Science.

Its research ranges from mainstream computer science, including algorithms, data analytics and machine learning, to creative computing for music, film, TV, visual arts, games and animation.

Funding your study

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study

Studying in the UK

Goldsmiths welcomes applications from students who wish to transfer to an on-campus degree.

To complete your degree in two years of full-time study at Goldsmiths, you must have completed four Level 4 courses successfully. To complete your degree in one year of full-time study at Goldsmiths, you must also have completed four courses at Level 5.

Hear from Amos Yeo, who transferred to Goldsmiths after completing his first year of the BSc Computing and Information Systems in Singapore.

If you are interested in transferring to Goldsmiths and have successfully completed the required courses (or expect to do so in your intended year of transfer), please contact the Computing Team.


Ang Wee Kian, BSc Computing and Information Systems, Singapore

Ang Wee Kian, BSc Computing and Information Systems, Singapore

"The student life experience was holistic and engaging, which provided me the opportunity to socialise with people of the same interests."