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BSc (Hons)

Do you enjoy computing and digital problem solving? This diverse course allows you to explore the major themes in computing. We’ll give you the skills and knowledge needed to launch a career in your chosen area of the dynamic computing industry.

Qualification: BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: G400

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

Do you have a strong interest in gadgets and computers? Do you like to take an analytical approach to problem solving? If so, then this course will take you through the technical skills you need to start a career in computing.

Computer Systems Development
This degree has a broad scope and covers many areas within computing. You’ll learn key vocational skills that can be transferred to a wide variety of IT based careers. During your time with us, you’ll learn about all aspects of software development including analysis, design, programming and testing.

This hands on course will see you master the art of computer programming using core languages such as: Java, C# and C++. You’ll cover systems design and learn about development and testing. This will be done using industrial standard tools and techniques including Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE) tools and through advanced development methods.

Developing skills for a career in IT
Our programme balances theory and practice in information technology, systems and software engineering. We give students a strong foundation in computing to move forwards into a number of different IT based careers such as system development, mobile development, networking, database management and IT support.

From analysis and design, through to database theory, networking, object-orientated programming and web-development, the Computing BSc (Hons) course at Bucks offers a strong understanding of current computing applications. Students will develop skills in systems development, maintenance and quality assurance as well as acquiring a variety of valuable transferable skills for the workplace.

A wealth of experience
We have a strong computing faculty at the University and many lecturers have long experience working in their respective fields. We invest significantly in our computing facilities to ensure that we keep pace with this fast-paced industry.

The course is underpinned by a number of professional certification programmes including Microsoft, Oracle, HP and Cisco that give graduates an added advantage when entering the jobs market.

The first year contains shared modules with other degrees offered by the Department of Computing. This adds a considerable amount of flexibility to the programme, providing students with the opportunity to change to an area that matches any specific interests you develop as the course progresses.

Year One

  • Computer Architectures
  • Networking
  • Programming Concepts
  • Application Programming
  • Digital Technologies and Professional Practice
  • User Experience (UX)
  • Web Development
  • Business Modelling

Year Two

  • Web Applications
  • Open Source Systems
  • Network Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Database Design
  • Introduction to Intelligent Systems (Team Project)
  • Mobile Systems
  • Object Oriented Systems Development

Year Three

  • Advanced Programming
  • Quality Assurance and Testing
  • Knowledge-based Systems in Artificial Intelligence
  • Learning Machines and Intelligent Agents
  • Cloud Computing
  • Network Security
  • Database Development
  • Database Technologies
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Enterprise Systems Development
  • Advanced Mobile Systems
  • Project

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 200-240. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: £9,000 per year
Full-time International: £9,500 per year

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

For fees for international students, visit our international section.

Visit our Why Bucks? section to discover what studying at Bucks could mean for you.

How do I apply?

Applications for full-time undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Information on making an application through UCAS is available on our Applicants' pages.

If you are an international student, visit our international students section.

What are my career prospects?

Being able to contribute to the design, creation and management of information systems, graduates will find a variety of exciting and dynamic career paths open to them. You will be qualified to work in software development, systems analysis, corporate or Government IT, database administration, web system development and network engineering. Alternatively, they may enjoy a career in the vibrant and growing area of Mobile Computing or in System Support roles.

How will you help me prepare for my future?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

We encourage work placements for our students, which provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.

I had a great experience at Bucks New University - I studied the BSc and then MSc course in computing. Through business contacts with Bucks, I now have an enjoyable job with ION Information Technologies Ltd. and felt really well prepared for the challenges of employment. Thank you lecturers of the New Media and Technologies Department.

Phil Jones