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Computing and Information Systems

CertHE

Our Certificate of Higher Education in Computing and Information Systems is a qualification in its own right that also provides an entry route to degree-level study.

It is ideal if you are ready to study for a degree but do not have the qualifications usually required to enter.

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

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

2020 intake
Application deadline 01 October 2020
Registration deadline 30 November 2020
Programme starts November 2020

Local teaching support

To study the CertHE Computing and Information Systems, you must register and study at a Local Teaching Centre that has been approved by the university to support the course. Your application can only be submitted via an approved institution.

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.

Books

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.

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.

Assessment

  • Level 4 courses are assessed by coursework and an unseen written exam. 'Mathematics for computing' is exam-only.
  • Exams are usually held in May/June each year. 

More about exams.

What qualifications do you need?

For access to the CertHE Computing and Information Systems:

  • Age 17+ by 01 September in the year of registration.
  • Three GCSEs (Grade A*-C / 9-4) plus Mathematics (Grade A*-B / 9-5), or equivalent. (You may be able to attend pre-sessional classes to top up your mathematics.)
  • Have admission to a teaching institution which is approved to support the programme.

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.

The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2020-2021 session. These are subject to annual increases of up to 5% per annum.

Academic year

2020-2021

Application fee (non-refundable)

£101

Registration fee

£935

Examination fee (full course or project)

£384

Examination fee (half course)

£192

Continuing registration fee

£458

Indicative Cost: CertHE Computing and Information Systems £2572

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You pay as you progress rather than in a single payment. The indicative costs are a guide to what you would pay if you allow for average fee increases and complete your qualification within the minimum time (with no resits).

More about programme fees.

See the Programme Regulations for more details.

Additional Costs

You may also need to budget for:

  • Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year);
  • Tuition costs (if you choose to study at a local teaching centre);
  • 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.

Once you have successfully completed the course 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.

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.

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

Ang Wee Kian, BSc Computing and Information Systems, Singapore

BSc Information Systems student, Ang Wee Kian

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