Goldsmiths - any info or experiences?

(17 Posts)
merlincat Sat 06-Jul-13 13:16:53

For Music. Shy but London-loving girl interested in studying here in 2014. Deptford scares me on her behalf (apologies to anyone who lives there, I may well be completely wrong) as does the exclusive 'hipster' reputation. Any thoughts?

mumblechum1 Sun 07-Jul-13 09:15:26

All I know about Goldsmiths is that it is in a very rough area, but on the plus side, it's very easy to get into. My best friend's lad was offered a place to do music with (iirc) BBB but flunked his A levels and got CCC, and they let him in anyway smile

eatyourveg Sun 07-Jul-13 20:13:05

We went to the recent open day - hadn't realised how small it was. Not looking at Music so can't comment on that. The most noticeable thing for me was the absence of many boys, I think somewhere I read it was about 80/20 bias.

ds liked it and might ring them on results day if things go pear shaped as they have historically had places for his course the past few years and as mumblechump1 mentioned, they seem to take people who narrowly miss the grade although that may only be for first choicers rather than clearing

eurozammo Sun 07-Jul-13 20:18:23

New Cross ain't Hampshire, but if you are sensible, it's not too bad, and your daughter could live in one of the nearby "gentler" areas like Greenwich or Brockley (I live nearby and think the area is fine for London. In fact, in over 30 years in London, the only place I have personally encountered crime - I was mugged - is supposedly rah Clapham).

Lomaamina Sun 07-Jul-13 20:23:01

Have you tried the student room website?

Info on the local area: www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Goldsmiths_College#Local_area

From 2010: www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1416217

MarjorieAntrobus Sun 07-Jul-13 20:28:07

DC1 has a good friend who has just graduated with a first from Goldsmiths and had a v good time there.

DC4 (currently in Y12) has it on her list for UCAS next year.

Xenia Sun 07-Jul-13 20:29:14

It is extremely easy to get in with very low grades which might have an impact on what the rest of the student body is. Could she not get into one of the music colleges instead if good universities to study music aren't possible? Princess Beatrice went there who has dyslexia.

MarjorieAntrobus Sun 07-Jul-13 20:31:40

What do mean with that last sentence about Princess B and dyslexia??

MarjorieAntrobus Sun 07-Jul-13 20:32:05

Sorry, what do you mean ...

Xenia Sun 07-Jul-13 20:39:20

I think she was reported to be very relieved she had managed to get her a levels and get to Goldsmiths or so the press said. Presumably she did not to go somewhere like Oxbridge because her grades weren't good enough but Goldsmiths would have her.

titchy Sun 07-Jul-13 21:36:57

Hold the front page - A level student relieved to get required grades. hmm

Music at goldsmiths is well regarded and they're not likely to accept those that miss their offer (media and sociology likewise). History (which Bea did) are admittedly more likely to accept a dropped grade, but a B in history still required.

The area is a bit of a shithole though locals and students seem to rub along together alright.

Copthallresident Mon 08-Jul-13 09:03:02

Princess Beatrice got ABB which are perfectly respectable A levels in the real world. Plenty of Dyslexics at Oxbridge.

eatyourveg Mon 08-Jul-13 10:49:44

Looking at the prospectus in front of me the lowest grade requirement is for a BA Social Work and they want BBC - I would hardly call that very low grades as Xenia suggested they take.

I know from TSR that they do tend to take you if you miss the grade but I would have thought very low grades meant EEE or DEE and that wouldn't be what I would call narrowly missing a BBC

Music it states is ABB plus grade 8

Xenia Mon 08-Jul-13 15:47:15

Second tier then or third tier?

RussiansOnTheSpree Mon 08-Jul-13 15:51:41

Goldsmiths is very highly thought of in arts and creative fields, certainly. I have friends who went there, who have gone on to achieve highly in their own arts niches.

It's part of the 1994 group. So, on a par with UEA. For its specialisms I'd certainly consider it the equal of any RG university - certainly any of the Northen ones, for sure. Perhaps not the equal of the London RGs.

Lomaamina Wed 10-Jul-13 20:48:27

If it helps at all, I teach at a RG university and have been happy to recruit (and teach) Goldsmiths graduates onto my master's (sorry I cannot say the subject as it would potentially out me). It's important to not be swayed by a university's overall reputation: it's the individual departments that count, although I appreciate your concerns about the university's setting, particularly for a young woman.

Having said that, with the caveats of league tables' reliability, it's worth looking at the variously middling scores given to Goldsmith's on the Guardian University Guide: www.guardian.co.uk/education/table/2013/jun/04/university-guide-music.

SunshineBossaNova Fri 12-Jul-13 02:09:20

I'm currently at Goldsmiths as a mature student, studying a different subject. I love it - the course is interesting and challenging, the students welcoming (I'm 41) and the admin is great.

I wouldn't worry too much about the area. It's worth teaching your DD to be streetwise generally (i.e. not flashing valuables about etc) but I've never felt threatened. It's a lively area with lots of independent shops and so on and lots of places give student discounts smile The halls for 1st year students are mostly right near the uni.

The hipster thing is a bit of a running joke, I think it applies more to the art students.

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