Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing and Information Systems
Developed and awarded by Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.
Founded in 1891, Goldsmiths is renowned for teaching and research in creative, cultural and cognitive disciplines.
Students are encouraged to explore ideas, challenge boundaries, investigate fresh ways of thinking, and stretch their minds.
The Department of Computing applies computer science to the arts, media, music, design, games and business.
This programme is suitable for those who wish to pursue a career in management, software engineering or systems analysis and design, based on a strong technical competence in information systems.
Competency in IT in business setting
This programme is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in management, software engineering or systems analysis and design, based on a strong technical competence in information systems.
It also provides a path for those who wish to pursue higher degrees in the computing and information technology area.
No prior knowledge of computing is assumed.
The course of study blends technical computing material with systems design content set in a business computing framework.
You learn to turn a proposal into a working system that can develop and meet the changing needs in today’s competitive business environment.
In the 2017 Graduate Employment Survey, it was found that 82.1% of graduates were employed within six months of the final examinations. Among them, 81.2% were working in jobs related to their course of study.
Local faculty, with intensive workshops by UK academics.
Lectures, group discussions, workshops and online study
Duration of each lesson is 3 hours.
Mode of Study
Full time classes are held in three-hour blocks between Monday and Saturday, starting at 8.30am, 12pm or 3.30pm. There are occasional classes on weeknights at 7pm and on Sundays and public holidays.
- Annual intensive revision from mid-March to end-April (lessons may be held in the evenings / weekends / public holidays).
- Classes on study skills, academic writing and Peer-Assisted Learning sessions.
- Virtual Learning Environment
- SIMConnect portal
- University materials such as subject guides, past exam papers and exam commentaries, reading lists and handbooks on good study strategies
Class starts / Sep 2019
Examination Entry Exercise / Jan 2020
SIM Preliminary Exam / Feb 2020
Revision / Mar – Apr 2020
University Exams / May 2020
Results released / Mid-Aug 2020
IFP + Standard BSc (Hons) (12 units) 4 years / 8 years
Standard BSc (Hons) (12 units) 3 years / 8 years
Standard BSc (Hons) (With APL - 8 units) 2 years / 8 years
No refund or recourse should the student fail to complete within the maximum period.
At SIM, students who are academically weak and find it difficult to progress or complete the programme within the minimum duration will receive counselling. SIM reserves the right to withdraw a student who cannot cope with the demands of the programme, especially when the student’s pass has expired.
SIM reserves the right to recommend and withdraw a student who cannot cope with the demands of the programme, especially when the student’s pass has expired.
Minimum Class Size
Minimum class size to commence: 25 students. Students will be informed within 30 days after the application period.
Students are required to complete a total of 12 full courses:
- CO1102 Mathematics for computing
- CO1108 Information systems: foundations of e-business
- CO1110 Introduction to computing and the internet
- CO1109 Introduction to Java and object-oriented programming
- CO2209 Database systems
- CO2220 Graphical object-oriented and internet programming in Java
- CO2222 Data communications and enterprise networking
- CO2226 Software engineering, algorithm design and analysis
Choose 6 half units from the following:
- CO3310 Artificial intelligence
- CO3311 Neural networks
- CO3318 Information systems management
- CO3323 Electronic commerce
- CO3326 Computer security
- CO3348 Interaction design
- CO3353 Software engineering project management (CO2226)
- CO3355 Advanced graphics and animation
PLUS a compulsory project:
- CO3320 Project (full unit)
* SIM reserves the right to change the units offered based on relevance, practicality and demand, in consultation with Goldsmiths.
For certain Level 3 units, pre-requisites or co-requisites may be required. Please refer to the units indicated in the brackets.
General Entrance Requirements (GER) are:
- At least 17 years old
- Have at least equivalent to B grade at GCE 'O' Level Mathematics
- Provide proof of competence in English acceptable to the University, such as a pass (Grade C6 and above) in the GCE 'O' Level English Language Examination
- Passes in 2 subjects at GCE 'A' level (or H2 level) and at least 3 subjects at GCE 'O' level (at not less than grade C) or
- Passes in 3 subjects at GCE 'A' level (or H2 level) and at least 1 subject at GCE 'O' level (at not less than grade C) or
- Possess diploma awarded by a polytechnic in Singapore
Click here for information on overseas qualifications
Estimated Overall Fees
BSc (12 units for 3 years)
Year 1 : $14,000.00
Year 2 : $13,000.00
Year 3 : $13,400.00
Total course fee : $40,400.00
The Estimated Overall Fee is made up of :
1. Programme Fees for BSc (Honours)
2. UOL Application Fee
3. UOL Initial Registration Fee (Year 1)
4. UOL Continuing Registration Fee (Year 2 and 3)
5. UOL Examination Fee
Breakdown of Estimated Overall Fees
Payable to SIM
Programme Fees for BSc (Honours)
12 full units : $28,056.00
Payable to University of London (UOL)
UOL Application Fee (One Time Payment) : £92.00
UOL Initial Registration Fee (Year 1) : £848.00
UOL Continuing Registration Fee (Year 2 and 3) : £415.00
UOL Examination Fee (BSc, 12 full units) : $9,200.00 (payable to RELC, UOL's approved exam centre in Singapore)
Note: Additional UOL and SIM fees apply for those who repeat/resit the coursework/exam and also for those who extend their registration with the University.
All UOL and RELC fees are subjected to yearly revision.
Click here to refer to the Miscellaneous fees.
Scholarships and Awards
Holders of relevant IT qualifications or diplomas may be considered by UOL for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) of up to 4 full courses at combined Levels 1 and 2.
A fee of £98 (per full unit) will be charged by the University for processing discretionary APL.
For more details, please visit UOL Accreditation of Prior Learning.
The average teacher-student ratio 1:75
Assessment & Exams
Pass the assessment for 12 full units to complete the programme.
Except for unit CO1102 Mathematics for computing, whose assessment is 100% examination-based, all other units have both coursework and examination components.
Most full and half units require students to complete two assignments. Both coursework and an examination are compulsory.
70-100 : First Class Honours
60-69 : Upper Second Class Honours
50-59 : Lower Second Class Honours
40-49 : Third Class Honours
0-39 : Fail
The examinations are held only once a year in May. To commence on the Level 3 units, candidates must have passed at least 6 full units at Level 1 and 2 combined. To commence work on the Level 3 final year project, a minimum of three Level 2 units must have been passed. Candidates who do not perform well may fail the coursework and/or the examination component.
It is possible to repeat only the component you have failed. A candidate can re-sit a paper while pursuing other new units.
Units which have been passed may not be retaken. Students are allowed to progress through each academic year, repeat failed unit/s immediately the following year till they meet the requirement to graduate.
Student's Pass holders: 90%
The award of the BSc (Hons) degree requires successful completion of all 12 units.
A student who does not qualify for honours may be awarded a Diploma of Higher Education in Computing Studies as an exit award.
Graduates may choose to participate in the presentation ceremony on SIM campus in April or the University of London (UK) in March.
Graduates of the UOL International Programmes may progress to postgraduate studies either locally or overseas.