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University terms explained

Starting the university process can seem long and daunting. We understand how confusing it can all be, but we are always available to help. You can call us on 0330 123 2023, send an email or pop in for a visit.

Study level: undergraduate or postgraduate?

A foundation degree is a qualification equivalent to a HND or the first two years of an graduate degree. You may study for an FDA or an FDSc.

We offer several of these courses and some of them are taught at our partner colleges. We have full-time and part-time options available.

A foundation degree is ideal for any one wanting the qualifications and experience needed to gain a place on an undergraduate degree course.

View our foundation courses.

An undergraduate degree is a course of study that gives a thorough grounding in a certain subject or career field and usually takes three years of full-time studying to complete.

If you are finishing your A-levels, or have nothing higher than the equivalent of a Level 3 qualification, you will need to apply for an undergraduate degree.

On successful completion, you will be awarded a Bachelors degree. Depending on your subject at Bucks, it will either be a BA (Bachelor of Arts), BSc (Bachelor of Science) or an LLB (Bachelor of Laws).

View our undergraduate courses.

A postgraduate degree is the level of study you will need if you already have a Bachelors degree.

Our postgraduate courses normally take one year to complete if you study full-time, or two years to complete if you study part-time. Successful completion leads to an MA (Master of Arts) or an MSc (Master of Science).

Some students also study for a research degree after completing a Master's. These result in a BPhil, MPhil or a PhD award based on the level of study.

View our postgraduate courses

undergraduate nursing students  external view of Bucks, High Wycombe Campus  Art work by student Oliver_Vassie

Study mode

Here at Bucks we pride ourselves on the fact that we offer so many options. Short courses, distance learning, part-time or full-time, there is something for everyone.

Short courses
We offer a range of short courses that usually last 20 weeks, taking place one day a week. These are usually courses aimed at professionals who want to further their careers by improving their knowledge and skills.

View our short courses.

Distance learning
We understand that you may want to study from home or just don't have the ability to get to one of our campuses, but still want to study with us. This is why we have several courses on offer as distance learning. Work is accessible online and you are in charge of your own time management.

View our distance learning courses.

This is a popular choice and many of our degrees are available to study part-time. It does mean that your path to graduation will be a longer one, but it also means you can enjoy being a student that little bit longer.

View all our part-time courses.

Studying full-time usually means your course will consist of at least 12 hours teaching per week.

Full-time undergraduate students at Bucks can enjoy the benefits of our Big Deal and Bucks Essentials packages, and all of our first year undergraduates are entitled to student accommodation.

You can browse our courses and use the filter to select a level and mode. If you'd like to order a prospectus or book onto an Open Day, please follow this link.