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BSc (Hons)
Computing

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 technology, gadgets and computers? Would you like to be at the forefront of technological developments in your future career? Do you like to take an analytical approach to problem solving? If so, then this course is for you.  You will be given the opportunity to gain experience in the underpinning technical skills you need to start a challenging and dynamic career in computing.

Computer Systems Development
This degree has a broad scope and covers the main areas within the broad field computing. You'll also learn key industrial skills that are transferrable within technology based careers. During your time with us, you'll learn about all crucial aspects of computer system and software development including analysis, design, development, testing and maintenance.

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 the full systems implementation cycle. 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 computing systems and software engineering. This course provides a strong foundation and offers the opportunity to specialise in various computing branches of the industry. Students focus on their areas of specialist interest by choice of options and through an individual project in the final year.  Thus enabling you to move forward into a number of sector career paths such as Software Developer, System Development, Mobile Development, Networking & Security, Database Management, IT support and Research.

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

A wealth of experience
We have a strong computing department at the University, with an experienced team of dedicated academics and professionals delivering industry-relevant courses in a suite of well-equipped computer labs.

The computing curriculum is aligned with key elements of recognised professional certification* programmes. The course has been developed with input from major industry leaders such as Microsoft, Oracle, HP and Cisco. This is to maximise opportunities for graduates when entering the jobs market. (*Full accreditation is via self-funded examinations)

Flexibility
The first year contains common 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 80-96. 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?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

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.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow.

What are my career prospects?

Being able to contribute to the analysis, design, creation and management of information systems and software, 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, system support, network engineering and research. You may also enjoy a career in the vibrant and growing area of Mobile and Cloud Computing.

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 our students to gain sector experience whilst studying and actively look for clients for their project work. Which provide them with the opportunity to develop their skills in a work base setting. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more confident of your discipline expertise, ready for your exciting future within the growing computing world.

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