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Choosing Bucks

Emma at a UCAS fair

We strive for Bucks New University to be a leading professional and creative influence, shaping higher education for the benefit of people and employers.

Within a caring and supportive environment, we deliver high-quality scholarship, as well as focused research and professional practice.

Our primary purpose is to put our students first and work responsively with the very best partners to influence, inspire and nurture talent for professional and creative careers.

That is our mission, and we can give you all the reasons that we think you should choose Bucks, but it is a decision, with your support and guidance, for your son or daughter to make.

Take a look below at the information provided and if you're interested, we would encourage you to attend one of our Open Days.

A short history on Bucks

Bucks, located on the former site of the High Wycombe College of Art and Technology, received university status in 2007.  It is a little known fact that Bucks owes its existence (at least in part) to a very unpopular tax that was imposed on beer and spirits towards the end of the nineteenth century.

A fund was created to compensate owners of licensed premises who'd been forced to close, but it eventually became so large that Parliament agreed to make it available for educational purposes too.

With additional money from the local County Council, a Science and Art School emerged in 1893, which immediately started to play an important role in providing evening classes to the residents of High Wycombe and the surrounding region.

This timeline shows how the University has developed since 1893.

The history of Buckinghamshire New University has been documented in a book by Muriel Pilkington, Past, Present and Future, published in 2010. Muriel is an honorary graduate of the University and served as a Council (governing body) member between 1994 and 2006. Copies can be purchased from our online shop.

Choosing the right course

There are several things to consider when selecting the course that will map out your son or daughter's future. Encouraging them to do as much research as possible, as early as possible, will help them to keep to the deadlines.

Narrow their options
Courses they definitely do not want to study can be discounted along with courses where they will not meet the entry requirements. 

Do they want to study close to home or further away? Close to the best job opportunities or close to the beach?
Not every university runs every course, so if your son or daughter has already decided that they are going to a certain location or that they are going to study a certain subject then their choices should already be narrowed down.

Subject area
Favourite subjects, or subjects they excelled in at school or college, offer the best basis for a successful degree course. However, university is a great opportunity to try something new. The most important thing, is that the chosen course will set them on the right career path.

Try the UCAS course finder to conduct a search of undergraduate courses at UK universities based on subject, provider and/or location.

Choosing the right university

As with choosing the right course, there are lots of things to consider when choosing the right university.

1. Does the university offer the course your son or daughter wishes to study?
Check our courses directory to see if Bucks offers their preferred course.

2. Is the location right for them? Have you looked at local amenities and travel links?

3. Are tuition fees and accommodation charges in line with your expectations? 
Our accommodation fees are extremely competitive, take a look at the accommodation section.

4. Does the university have good facilities? 
We recently redeveloped our High Wycombe campus, constructed a new learning resources centre, known as The Gateway, and refurbished our other buildings with brand new, state-of-the-art facilities.

Bucks also offers the Big Deal package. We are the only university in the UK to offer our students free access to a range of activities to enrich their student experience.

5. Does the university offer student support? 
Bucks offers a range of student services which you can take a look at in the Support Services box to the left.

6. Reputation
See our graduate testimonials for a glimpse of life after Bucks and what our graduates really think about us.


If your son or daughter doesn't achieve the grades needed for their chosen course, you don't have to rule out university altogether. With some compromise on either subject or location, there could still be a course out there for them. The Clearing process is a way of matching universities without students to students without universities.

Clearing is available from July to September each year, visit for more information.


UCAS, or the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, is the official administrator of admissions to universities in the UK for undergraduate courses.

You will need to apply through UCAS for all our courses unless you are applying for a part-time or postgraduate course, in which case, contact the university directly.

For an in-depth guide to the application process, go to The Complete University Guide.

Please note, there is a fee for submitting your UCAS application.